Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is designed to cover a single tooth while restoring its appearance and function. We may recommend having a new crown placed to address a wide variety of issues, including severe tooth decay, weakened tooth structure, oral damage, and purely aesthetic complaints. Overall, a crown is very versatile, allowing it to be used to fix several issues, such as:

  • Large areas of decay.
  • Significant break or fracture.
  • Dark tooth discoloration.
  • Abnormally shaped tooth.
  • Weakened tooth.
  • Along with a root canal.
  • Support a bridge.

The Dental Crown Process 

After any preparatory procedures, like removing decay or root canal therapy, your dentist will prep your tooth for the crown. Your tooth is reshaped to allow the restoration to cover it down to the gum line. Your dentist will take a digital impression of your tooth to create a restoration that will fit your tooth like a glove. The advanced technology removes any room for error. We will use state-of-the-art software to specify the specifics of your crown before sending the information to an in-office milling machine.

With E4D technology, you won’t have to worry about a temporary restoration. Our in-office machine will cut your crown from a single block of all-ceramic material. In about 1 hour, your crown will be ready for bonding. You won’t need a second appointment. You’ll walk out of our office with a healthy, beautiful smile.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

Our Lawrenceburg practice can create your new, personalized dental crown in just one appointment with advanced E4D technology. This eliminates the need for a temporary crown or a second visit. The all-ceramic restorations provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • Protect a tooth from additional damage.
  • Restore the function and integrity of a tooth.
  • Looks natural using all-ceramic material.
  • Can last a decade or longer with the right aftercare.
  • Metal-free and biocompatible solution that supports general wellness.

Whether you need a new crown or want to swap an old metal restoration, benefit from the preferred solution in dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (812) 221-1014.

Dental Crowns FAQs

Dental crowns in Lawrenceburg are a go-to solution to repair cracked and damaged teeth. However, the restorations are versatile, allowing them to be used for many other situations, like supporting a bridge. No matter the reason, you can benefit from a crown that looks and feels natural, but it’s normal to have a few questions before you’re ready to get started. Don’t worry. Your dentist at Oyler Family Dentistry will explain everything during your consultation. In the meantime, you can contact our office or take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

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Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

A dental crown is meant to provide a long-lasting solution, but it isn’t permanent. It will need to be replaced periodically. However, the procedure isn’t reversible. Your dentist must reshape your tooth to allow the customized cap to fit over it. Your tooth will not grow back if the restoration is removed. Therefore, it must always be covered to protect it from additional damage.

Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?

Your dentist in Lawrenceburg will keep your comfort as their top priority. They may administer a local numbing agent to block any pain during any preliminary procedures and while preparing your tooth for your restoration. You may feel some unusual sensations or pressure, but you won’t have any outright pain. After the effects of any numbing medications wear off, you may experience some temporary tenderness. You can manage it with an OTC pain reliever and eat soft foods.

Can Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

A dental crown isn’t vulnerable to decay, but your underlying tooth and surrounding teeth can get cavities. Bacteria can gain access to your tooth through small cracks that form in the dental cement over time. You can reduce your risk of decay by practicing good oral hygiene. Besides brushing and flossing, moderate sugars and starches, which feed cavity-causing bacteria. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown is about 10 years, but it can last for much longer. Many factors affect the life expectancy, like the materials used, the location of the crown, and your aftercare routine. You can get the most from your investment by brushing your teeth for 2 full minutes twice daily and flossing every day. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. Limit your consumption of hard and chewy foods. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard. Schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months with your dentist.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns aren’t porous, so whitening treatments won’t have any effect on their color. Not to mention, ingredients in the whitening gel may weaken the bonding material holding your crown in place. You don’t have to live with tooth discoloration. Your dentist will create a personalized strategy to treat tooth stains without harming your restoration.

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