Dental Crowns Overview
If a single tooth is damaged or worn down, it may be protected with a dental crown. Sometimes called a cap, a dental crown is custom made to cover a tooth and tinted to blend with your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. At Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, skilled dentists Dr. Richard Caron and Dr. John Kenney may use a crown to treat a large cavity, protect a weak tooth, restore a cracked tooth, or cover discoloration. Our talented team customizes dental crowns from a range of materials to match your goals, including porcelain, porcelain over metal, and all-ceramic. Schedule an appointment at our Tupelo, MS dental practice to find out how a crown can strengthen or repair a tooth while also improving the health and appearance of your smile.
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
Crowns may be recommended to address a range of dental conditions. They may be placed to protect and restore a broken or decaying tooth, hold together a cracked tooth, or cover a tooth with large fillings. Dental crowns can also be used to rebuild a worn-down tooth, strengthen root canal-treated teeth, or hide misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns are custom made to fit over natural tooth structure or attached to a dental implant (to replace a single missing tooth). Doctors Caron and Kenney will recommend the ideal crown material based on where in the mouth it is being placed, your cosmetic preferences, and other oral health concerns. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or gold are generally stronger and may be better suited for the back teeth that are less visible. All-ceramic crowns are often preferred for the front teeth and are made on-site in our advanced CAD/CAM milling machine. During your consult, our team will discuss your options and help you select the best dental crown procedure for your budget and needs.
What To Expect with Dental Crowns
On the day of your dental crown procedure, Doctors Caron or Kenney will numb the affected tooth using comfortable Single Tooth Anesthesia (a gentle computer-controlled technique) and can complement your care with sedation dentistry options if needed. Our team will then prepare your tooth by removing any decay or damaged tooth structure. A comfortable iTero digital impression of the prepared tooth will then be taken and used to fabricate your custom dental crown restoration. A temporary dental crown can be placed over your tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted. When your dental crown is complete, it will either be cemented onto the tooth with a strong bonding solution or attached to a previously placed dental implant. Once set, your bite will be adjusted for comfortable, natural fit and feel.
Dental Crowns Recovery
If only local anesthesia is used, you will be able to leave once the procedure is complete and get back to your day. Our clinical team will go over the best way to care for your new dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and the best way to keep it clean. During your annual exams at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, doctors Caron or Kenney will assess your crown and adjust it if necessary to keep it comfortable. We will let you know when your crown needs to be replaced; however, with proper care, it can last for many years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or becomes loose), call our office immediately. Please do not try to fix it or put it back in on your own as this may lead to further oral complications and greater treatment needs.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be treated with a custom dental crown at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Talk to our highly experienced dentists Doctors Caron or Kenney about how a crown can protect your tooth from continued damage and help bring function back to your oral health. Fabricated from a range of high-quality materials, a custom crown can be created to blend with your natural teeth for a beautiful smile. Contact our team in Tupelo, MS to schedule your visit for a custom dental crown consultation.