Creative Dentistry of Atlanta

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Atlanta, GA & Covington, GA

Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. If you think you might need a crown, contact Anitha R. Reddy, DMD, and the experienced dentists at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta, or book an appointment online. Creative Dentistry of Atlanta's offices are conveniently located near you in Atlanta and Covington, Georgia.

Crown Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown fits over the tooth and is cemented into place so that the original tooth is completely encased.

Do I need a crown?

There are a number of reasons Creative Dentistry of Atlanta's knowledgeable dentists might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.

Dental crowns can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

Different materials are used for different purposes. For example, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are durable and able to withstand the impact of biting and chewing, but because of their color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren't perfect. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

What's involved with a dental crown procedure?

Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. During the first visit, your Creative Dentistry of Atlanta professional takes some X-rays to determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown.

Next, the dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Your dentist will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta or make an appointment online.