Dental Implants & Dental Crowns

There are times when a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged, it no longer functions properly. It may feel uncomfortable, or even painful, when eating or speaking. Even smiling can become a challenge, as one might not be pleased with his or her appearance. Fortunately, a talented restorative dentist can help. Dental crowns are available to Decatur, Huntsville, and Madison, Alabama area patients. A dental crown can be made from various materials; however porcelain offers the most natural-looking results.

Also known as a "cap", dental crowns are customized tooth casings that fit snuggly over a reduced tooth. Once placed, the patient can eat, speak, and smile comfortably once again. To learn more about dental crowns, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison dental practice today.

Dental Crown Placement Procedure

The first step in the process is a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists, during which you will discuss your concerns and objectives. After a thorough examination, the dentist will recommend the best course of action with which to move forward. The dental crown placement procedure is typically carried out over the course of two appointments, which go as follows:

  • The patient and the dentist collaborate on the type of material to use for the dental crown - metal, ceramic, or porcelain. The dentist will also determine the right color to match the patient's smile.
  • Local anesthesia is applied to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue
  • Using special dental tools, decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Surrounding teeth may need to be recontoured as well to make room for the crown.
  • An impression is created of the entire mouth and sent to a laboratory, where the crown is custom fabricated.
  • A temporary crown is placed over the tooth for protection.
  • After two to three weeks, the patient returns to have the custom crown placed.
  • The temporary crown is removed and the new customized crown is cemented in place with special dental adhesive.
  • The dentist checks the patient's bite and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • The patient can leave our practice with his or her new, improved smile.

We will provide the patient with proper aftercare instructions to carefully follow in order to keep the crown intact for many years to come.

Candidates for Dental Crowns

The best way to learn whether you are a candidate for dental crowns is to meet with a qualified restorative dentist. Ideal candidates include individuals who:

  • Have severely decayed teeth due to poor oral hygiene
  • Have teeth with very large metal/amalgam fillings
  • Have badly damaged teeth due to trauma, cracking or injury
  • Find it difficult to eat or speak due to weakened tooth
  • Are unhappy about the appearance of the smile or teeth
  • Are experiencing pain or discomfort in the mouth
  • Underwent root canal therapy
  • Are well-informed about the procedure
  • Can commit to adopting better oral hygiene habits

Benefits of Dental Crowns

The benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Restore strength to teeth
  • Improve functionality of teeth
  • Enhance appearance of the smile
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Alleviate discomfort caused by damaged tooth
  • Natural-looking results
  • Procedure is relatively quick and simple
  • No downtime or recovery time required
  • Customized to fit each smile
  • Save tooth from extraction
  • Improve oral health
  • Prevent further damage
  • Long-lasting - up to 10 years or more
  • Strong and durable

Risks or Side Effects of Dental Crowns

Potential risks, like infection or an ill fit, are extremely rare when a qualified dentist like ours places dental crowns. Patients may experience some mild tooth sensitivity immediately following the procedure, however, symptoms are temporary and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.

It is extremely important for patients to practice good oral hygiene with dental crowns, as bacteria can accumulate under the crown, causing even further damage. Patients must come to the dentist for a routine checkup every six months to ensure the crown remains healthy and clean. Additionally, while crowns are a long-lasting solution, they will likely need to be replaced at some point into the future.

Learn More about Dental Crowns

If you have teeth that are in poor condition, it is important to seek treatment right away, so problems do not worsen. With the help of one of our accomplished dentists, your smile can be restored to a healthy, beautiful state again. To learn more about dental crowns, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison dental practice today.