A dental crown can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes and is one of the most common treatments performed in our Chapel Hill dentist office. Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they are placed over the tooth, covering the entire tooth structure. Chapel Hill dentists Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White use a variety of high quality materials to add strength and durability to teeth that are weakened by damage or decay.
We may recommend a dental crown to address any of the following dental concerns:
- Replace worn or unsightly metal fillings
- Improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen or uneven teeth
- Restore tooth cavities or cover teeth after root canal therapy
- Repair cracked, worn or broken teeth
- Restore dental implants
Dental Crown Before & After
This patient came to our Chapel Hill dentist office bothered by the appearance of her smile. One of the front teeth was discolored and the two front teeth didn’t “match”. Dr. Furgurson used ceramic tooth crowns to cover the front teeth for a natural looking restoration.
About the Dental Crown Procedure
- Initial Visit – First, Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, we look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help us to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. We will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice for your long term oral health and the aesthetics of your smile.
- Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, we will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
- Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Chapel Hill dentist office for the delivery appointment. Your dentist will try on the dental crown to ensure a proper fit. Then they will secure it for a permanent fit. Your final restoration will blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Implant Supported Dental Crown
Chapel Hill dentists Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White will recommend a dental crown that is supported by a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth if you qualify. When one tooth is lost, one dental implant can be surgically placed in the void in the jaw where the tooth once was. It will be responsible for two things: supporting a dental crown that will replace the missing tooth and it will replace the missing tooth root. This is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth at the root which will reduce the possibility of bone loss. A dental crown that is supported by a dental implant is better for your oral health and your overall health. A dental implant supported restoration will function just like a natural tooth.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long will my new dental crown last?
Once your new dental crown is placed, it will require proper care. Properly caring for your new crown will result in it last longer. A typical crown can last between ten to thirty years.
Can you whiten a dental crown?
A dental crown, like other dental restorations, cannot be whitened even with professional teeth whitening. If you desire a whiter smile, you should have your teeth whitened before the crown is placed. Then it will be colored matched to the surrounding teeth.
Should I avoid certain foods after I get my dental crown?
Once your permanent dental crown is set, there are very few food restrictions. We do recommend avoiding hard foods such as nuts or seeds because they may crack the crown. This also includes avoiding ice as well as popcorn since you may bite into an unpopped kernel. Sticky foods such as steaks or chewy candy are capable of dislodging the crown and should also be avoided.
Does a dental crown feel any different from a normal tooth?
You may be able to tell where the crown is located in your mouth when you feel your teeth with your tongue. However, the crown will look just like your natural, remaining teeth. Other people will not notice which tooth has a crown on it when you smile.