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Unlocking the Secrets of Dental Crowns: Everything You Need to Know Gainesville, GA

Are you considering getting dental crowns but feel overwhelmed by the process? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we will unlock the secrets of dental crowns and provide you with everything you need to know. Dental crowns are a popular solution for a variety of dental issues, such as tooth decay, cracked teeth, or even cosmetic enhancements. Not only do they protect and strengthen your damaged teeth, but they can also restore your smile to its former glory. In this article, we will delve into the different types of dental crowns available, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, and more. We will explore the benefits of each type and help you determine which one is best suited for your specific needs. Additionally, we will outline the step-by-step process of getting dental crowns, from the initial consultation to the final placement. Stay tuned as we provide expert insights and tips for taking care of your dental crowns to ensure they last a lifetime. By the end of this guide, you’ll be armed with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your dental health. Your radiant smile awaits!

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. They are often used when a tooth is significantly decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant or hold a dental bridge in place. They are typically made from materials such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both, and they are custom-made to fit your tooth perfectly. Crowns can improve the function and aesthetics of a tooth while protecting it from further damage.

Type of Dental Crowns

There are several types of dental crowns available, each with its own advantages and considerations:

  1. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns: These crowns are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain materials, providing excellent aesthetics as they closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They are a popular choice for front teeth due to their lifelike appearance. All-ceramic crowns are also a good option for individuals with metal allergies.
  2. Zirconia crowns: Zirconia is a strong and biocompatible material that is increasingly used for dental crowns. Zirconia crowns offer excellent strength and durability, making them suitable for both front and back teeth. They also provide natural-looking results.
  3. Composite resin crowns: These crowns are made from a tooth-colored composite resin material that is bonded directly to the tooth. They are often used for temporary crowns or for restoring front teeth. While composite resin crowns are less expensive than other types, they may not be as durable and long-lasting.

The choice of dental crown depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, budget, and the recommendation of your dentist based on your individual needs.

Reasons For Getting Dental Crowns

There are several reasons why a dentist might recommend getting a dental crown:

1. Tooth decay: When a tooth has a large cavity or decay that can’t be restored with a filling, a crown may be necessary to restore its shape, size, and strength.

2. Fractured or broken tooth: If a tooth is fractured or broken, a crown can help to hold it together and prevent further damage. Crowns can also be placed over teeth that have undergone root canal therapy to protect them from fracture.

3. Cosmetic reasons: Dental crowns can improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or poorly sized teeth, helping to create a more uniform and attractive smile.

4. Worn-down teeth: Teeth that are severely worn down due to factors such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or acid erosion may benefit from crowns to restore their size and function.

5. Support for dental bridges: Crowns are used as anchors for dental bridges, which replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent teeth.

6. Protection for weak teeth: Teeth that are weakened due to large fillings, cracks, or other structural issues may be prone to further damage or fracture. Crowns can provide added strength and protection to these teeth.

7. To cover dental implants: Crowns are placed over dental implants to replace missing teeth. The crown attaches to the implant and functions like a natural tooth.

Your dentist will evaluate your specific dental condition and recommend a crown if it’s deemed necessary for the health, function, or aesthetics of your teeth.

The Dental Crown Procedure

The Dental Crown procedure requires two appointments. The first appointment takes about one and a half hours and includes numbing you, shaving down the tooth, taking an impression, and placing a temporary crown. After that impression is sent to the lab we receive your crown in about two weeks and we make your second appointment!

During your second appointment, which should last about 30 minutes, we remove the temporary and seat the permanent crown.

Common Concerns and FAQs about Dental Crowns

Here are some common frequently asked questions (FAQs) about dental crowns:

1. How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more, depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, bite forces, and the material used for the crown.

2. Are dental crowns painful?
The dental crown procedure itself is not painful as it’s performed under local anesthesia to numb the area. Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, which typically subsides within a few days.

3. Do dental crowns require special care?
Dental crowns require regular oral hygiene care, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and attending regular dental check-ups. It’s also important to avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages to prevent damage to the crown.

4. Can dental crowns fall off?
While it’s rare for properly placed dental crowns to fall off, it can happen in some cases, especially if the crown is damaged or if there is decay underneath. If a crown becomes loose or falls off, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible for evaluation and possible re-cementation or replacement.

5. Are dental crowns noticeable?
Dental crowns are designed to closely resemble natural teeth in both appearance and function. Modern dental materials allow for highly aesthetic crowns that blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

6. How much do dental crowns cost?
The cost of a dental crown can vary depending on factors such as the type of material used, the location of the tooth, and your other oral health needs. Generally, dental crowns can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per crown. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost, depending on the policy. To see what insurances we accept, check out this page.

These are just a few common questions about dental crowns, but your dentist is the best resource for personalized information and guidance regarding your specific dental needs.

If you are needing a crown, give us a call today!

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

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I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

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Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

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The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

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This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

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Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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