Crowns

Are You Looking for a Healthier, More Beautiful Smile?

If you’re are, a dental crown might be the perfect option for your situation. Crowns can improve your smile in a wide variety of ways, including hiding tooth damage (decay or fracture lines), camouflaging discoloration, and supporting teeth that have undergone extensive dental treatment.

Advantages Include:

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Support and protects the tooth
  • Look and feels very natural
  • Protect from future discomfort and infection
  • Improved appearance for clients and their family
  • More self-confidence

Five Things You Should Know About Getting a Crown

1.  Why a crown is needed.

If it hurts when you bite down, it is possible that your tooth is cracked. If a tooth is cracked, it is a serious condition and does usually require a crown. Unlike a broken bone, the fracture in a cracked tooth will not heal.

Vertical cracks that travel to the gumline may require a full-coverage crown. If the crack goes below the gumline, the tooth may require a root canal, with crown lengthening or possibly even extraction.

However, make sure that the tooth is cracked and not just “crazed.”  Craze lines are very common and not harmful. Most every adult back tooth has craze lines. These are just simple stress lines that do not necessarily indicate a crown.

Since craze lines do not effect the structural integrity of your tooth, you can choose from a number of different options to fix them. The least invasive of these is whitening, which can bleach the stains from the crack to significantly reduce its visibility.

However, craze lines that exhibit deep stains or are very long could suggest a developing crack.

2.  Is a crown the ONLY option?

While a crown is the best long-term option. Some patients might opt for a filling instead. BUT it’s our duty as providers to stress the importance that a filling does not prevent you from needing a crown later on.  If a substantial portion of your tooth needs filling, a better solution is usually the crown because fillings do not give you the same kind of protection as crowns do. Also, if the filling is extremely large, it can cause the tooth to break, making it irreparable.

3.  Are there implications of waiting?

  1. Nothing will happen.
  2. The tooth could chip- simple repair. Or it could crack and would need a crown.
  3. In some cases, waiting could cause a root canal to be needed.
  4. The tooth could split, which could require crown lengthening or extraction

4. When is a Root Canal needed?

Most crowns do not need root canals. If a tooth is not infected or acutely inflamed, it will not need a root canal.

5.  Does an old, really large silver filling mean I need a crown?

If a silver filling, otherwise known as an Amalgam, is 2/3 the width of the tooth or more, it could require a crown. The small amount of tooth that is left in an old filling like this can get compromised. We want  to be proactive and prevent it from cracking, so we will typically treatment plan a crown or if it’s not “large” we can replaced it with a tooth color “resin-composite”

Crowns & Teeth Whitening

This patient decided to replace his old, broken, porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge with a new all porcelain bridge. ZOOM!® in-office whitening was performed on all teeth to get the teeth their whitest before treatment was started. After the ZOOM procedure, the porcelain shade for the new bridge was selected to match his new tooth color. The results speak for themselves. The last picture was taken a full year after the procedure.

Contact our office today for a personalized consultation with one of our midTNdentistry locations to determine if crowns are right for you and to develop a treatment plan.