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Robert M. Kelso, D.D.S. | Crowns in Knoxville

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Crowns
 

Crowns

Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, lithium disilicate  or a full gold crown. There are advantages and disadvantages to each material, and Dr. Kelso will help you determine which materials best suits your unique situation.  Many of these options, with the exception of gold, will be natural looking and will match the shade of the surrounding teeth.  This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

The process of installing a crown takes 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be prepared for the new crown.  This involves removing any old filling material, and removing any cavities or cracks. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about 1-2 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. Local anesthetic is typically not needed at this appointment.  The crown will be adjusted, fitted, and placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years, and in many cases much longer. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

 
 
 
Knoxville Dentist | Crowns. Robert M. Kelso, DDS is a Knoxville Dentist.