If you have teeth impaired by chips, cracks, decay, or other types of damage, a dental crown can restore the health and integrity of your smile. As highly versatile restorations, crowns reinforce weakened teeth or replace them all together when attached to dental implants. At Bluegrass Dental in Murfreesboro, TN, we provide highly aesthetic crowns made from a wide range of materials, including zirconia and IPS e.max®. Our dentists, Dr. Brian Riel and Dr. Todd Martin, can design and place your crowns traditionally or with implants.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Crowns are typically made from dental ceramic and can provide a variety of both cosmetic and restorative benefits. Dr. Riel or Martin may recommend a crown to repair:
- Cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth
- Severe discoloration
- Disproportionate or misshapen teeth
- Significant decay or damage
- Weakened teeth
Crowns can also secure a dental bridge or replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant. For some patients, Dr. Riel or Martin will recommend a crown to protect a tooth after root canal therapy.
Preparing for Treatment
Before beginning treatment, we will take x-rays to assess the health of the structures supporting your tooth, including the roots, gums, and jaw. If necessary, Dr. Riel or Martin can also treat any ongoing conditions affecting your tooth. This may include treatment for gum disease, decay, or other issues.
Our custom crowns are highly aesthetic and designed to blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth.
Next, Dr. Riel or Martin will prepare your tooth by shaping the sides and chewing surface so the crown will fit properly and blend into your smile without appearing bulky. Then, we will take an impression of your tooth and send it to our trusted off-site dental laboratory. Because it typically takes about two weeks for a crown to return from the lab, you may need to wear a temporary restoration in the meantime.
When your crown is ready, you can return to our office for placement. The doctor will remove your temporary restoration and before bonding the permanent crown over the top of your remaining tooth. At this point, he can buff and polish your crown to ensure your bite is correct and make any additional adjustments until you are satisfied with the result.
We offer a range of materials for crowns, allowing us to tailor treatment to your needs and budget. Depending on the location of your crown and the aesthetic you desire, we can offer:
- Solid zirconia
- IPS e.max
Each material offers a different level of strength, durability, and aesthetics. You can discuss your options with Dr. Riel or Martin during your initial consultation.
Restore Your Smile
At Bluegrass Dental, we can provide dental crowns that protect your oral health and restore the appearance of your smile. Our custom crowns are highly aesthetic and designed to blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth. If you are suffering from damaged or missing teeth, our team can help. For more information about dental crowns or the other services we offer, call our office at (615) 896-4860 or contact us online today.