All You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

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What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Discolored tooth
  • Misshapen tooth
  • Crooked tooth
  • Strengthen a tooth after a root canal or to support a dental bridge

IS A Dental Crown Right For Me?

A dental crown can be recommended for a range of dental concerns, from cosmetic to restorative in nature. Functioning as a “cap” to cover most of the tooth surface, a dental crown is an important tool in maintaining the integrity of your smile for as long as possible. Dr. O’Malley works with you to resolve your dental concern using a custom fit and color matched dental crown that will complement your appearance and support your oral health.

What Are The Benefits Of Getting A Dental Crown?

  • Strengthening Teeth
  • Restoring Teeth To Their Natural Shape and Size
  • Covering a Dental Implant
  • Protecting a Weak Tooth From Breaking or Restoring a Broken Tooth
  • Covering Discolored Teeth
  • Attaching Bridges
  • Holding a Filling
  • Enhancing Appearance

What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?

Dental crowns can be made from either metal or ceramic materials, or a combination of both. Most crowns are ceramic, or porcelain, for a natural looking result and lasting durability. Using gold for your dental crown is typically only recommended when the tooth is a larger molar and withstands the strongest biting forces.

How Many Visits Does A Dental Crown Require?

The placement of a dental crown will require two visits to complete. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and in most cases, patients experience minimal discomfort. The first step is to prepare the tooth by removing enough structure to address any damage or decay and to accommodate the restoration. Once the tooth is prepared, dental impressions are taken and a temporary crown may be placed to restore normal function and protect the tooth.

At the second visit, Dr. O’Malley will place the final restoration and make any necessary adjustments for fit. The crown will be permanently attached to your tooth and the surface will be polished for a smooth texture and natural appearance.

Schedule An Appointment 

Dr. O’Malley provides personalized treatment plans in a compassionate and comfortable environment. To schedule an appointment at our Simpsonville, SC dental office, call 864-962-7672 or request an appointment online.