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Dental Crowns

Without timely intervention, dental damage and decay can weaken your tooth, cause severe pain, and eventually require a tooth extraction.

Dr. Clint Newman and Dr. Thomas Underwood provide lifelike dental crowns to protect your tooth and restore the aesthetics of your smile.

Why are porcelain crowns considered a reliable restorative solution for many of our Nashville, TN, patients?

What Is a Dental Crown?

A row of dental crowns

Dental crowns are often called "caps." These caps cover the entire tooth for the purpose of restoring teeth to their original shape and size. There are several types of dental crowns, but IPS Empress® porcelain crowns are the most popular type offered at our Nashville, TN, dental office.

Thanks to the properties of porcelain, these crowns resemble your natural teeth in color and texture. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural-looking, long-lasting solution.

Additionally, crowns are highly durable and can last for many years. Dr. Newman and Dr. Underwood provide all-porcelain, metal-free crowns that look absolutely natural while providing excellent durability.

Dental Crowns Can Repair & Restore Your Smile

Our dentists often recommend dental crowns because of their many benefits. When placed properly, crowns can: 

Protect Your Tooth

Whenever possible, our dentists will attempt to preserve your natural tooth structure. By placing a crown over the remaining portion of the compromised tooth, our dentists can prevent further damage and prevent the need for an extraction.

Last for Many Years

Crowns are made from medical-grade dental porcelain, which is a natural-looking ceramic material that is also incredibly sturdy. At our Nashville, TN, practice, we use premium porcelain designed to withstand normal biting forces. In many cases, our crowns last up to a decade.

Seamlessly Blend in

Crowns have come a long way since the gold and metal crowns of the past. Modern porcelain crowns are highly realistic. Your dental crown will also be shade-matched to surrounding teeth to provide the most natural-looking results.

What Do Crowns Look Like? Take a Look at Our Real Patient Results

As you can see they look natural — and choosing high-quality materials for your crowns makes all the difference.

Dr. Newman's patient before dental crowns
Before Even though this Nashville patient already had dental crowns, they were less realistic-looking and marked with black borders.
Dr. Newman's patient after dental crowns
After With help from our dentist, her new porcelain crowns are more lifelike while also subtly blending in with her natural teeth.

Dental Crowns Can Address Many Dental Issues

Extensive Damage & Decay

When a tooth is too severely damaged or decayed for a filling, inlay, or onlay, a crown is typically recommended to restore structure and function to the tooth. Repairing a damaged tooth can improve your comfort, chewing ability, and much more.

Teeth That Have Been Treated With Root Canals

Once an infection has advanced to the soft tissue within a tooth, a root canal is usually the only way to save the tooth. A crown is usually placed over the weakened tooth to provide added strength and protection.

Cosmetic Imperfections

In some cases, patients have cosmetic concerns that solutions such as bonding and veneers cannot conceal. Crowns are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because they can conceal imperfections such as an inconsistent shape to restore a beautiful appearance.

Missing Teeth

A dental crown can be attached to a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. Implant-supported crowns are highly recommended because they also prevent jawbone atrophy. Fortunately, Dr. Newman can both place and restore dental implants at his Nashville, TN, office.

We Use Advanced Materials for the Most Realistic Results

At our Nashville, TN, practice, Dr. Newman and Dr. Underwood use IPS Empress® to create custom porcelain crowns. This advanced glass-ceramic material has been designed to mimic the translucency of teeth, reflect light the same way natural teeth do, and achieve the most realistic results.

Dr. Newman's patient before porcelain dental crowns
Dr. Newman's patient after porcelain dental crowns
IPS Empress has also been refined for greater strength and durability to provide you with the highest level of protection. Our dentists will ensure that your crown is fabricated using the utmost attention to detail for a comfortable fit. 

"Dr. Newman is absolutely wonderful."


Allison Basile

Nashville, TN


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I had a great experience with Dr Newman. I had a major procedure and he made me feel very comfortable through the whole process. I liked that he consistently communicated with me during the entire process. It was painless and I was extremely happy with the result.

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Zahra Zare

Nashville, TN


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Dr. Newman is absolutely wonderful. He is a true professional. He is kind, precise and easy to trust. Very grateful for my experience with him and I am very happy with how everything turned out.

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What to Expect during the Crown Procedure

In most cases, crowns are placed in two office visits. During these appointments, you can expect:
Our trusted Nashville dental team provides crowns made out of natural-looking IPS Empress porcelain.
Our trusted Nashville dental team provides crowns made out of natural-looking IPS Empress porcelain.

A Dental Exam

At our boutique dental office in Nashville, TN, Dr. Newman or Dr. Underwood will examine your teeth and perform any necessary imaging to determine whether a porcelain restoration is right for you. During the first appointment, we will also gather several impressions of the prepared tooth made in order to create your custom crowns.

Supplementary Dental Treatments

If you have existing oral health issues such as gum disease, these will need to be treated before a cap can be placed. Because we offer a comprehensive list of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry treatments, one of our dentists can perform the preparatory care you need right here in our office.

Preparing the Tooth

The day of your crown placement has arrived. We'll begin with numbing your tooth for virtually painless treatment. Once you're fully at-ease, Dr. Newman will prepare your tooth for crowning by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.

Temporary Crowns

Your impressions will be used to create temporary crowns made to stay on your teeth for approximately two weeks until your permanent dental crowns are completed by a dental laboratory. Your temporary crown will be placed and your bite will be checked to ensure that you are biting down and chewing properly.

Permanent Crown

During the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your permanent crown will be carefully placed to ensure that your bite and spacing are correct.

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Life with Dental Crowns

Crowns offer both practical and aesthetic benefits. Upon completing your dental crown procedure, you can expect:

  • Restored Function: Without tooth pain, you can bite and chew with confidence once again.
  • Improved Oral Health: Eliminating dental infection can improve and protect the health of your teeth and gums. 
  • Less Discomfort: A crown eliminates any pain or sensitivity that the damaged tooth was causing. 
  • Better-Looking Teeth: Crowns can also be combined with other cosmetic dentistry treatments for the most dramatic results. 
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What Are You Waiting For? A Crown Can Save Your Smile

If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity due to severe tooth decay or trauma, a porcelain restoration can provide long-lasting relief. Don't delay. Postponing a visit to the dentist can worsen your oral health and require more costly dental treatments. 

To talk to our dentists about crowns, request your appointment or call us at: 

(615) 385-3507

Hear From a Crown Patient at Our Nashville Office

"I have been Dr. Underwood's patient since 2004. He is an excellent dentist and wonderfully fast which is greatly appreciated by someone who is terrified of having dental work done. This visit was for a crown, but recently Angi did a fantastic job cleaning my stained teeth. She is always so nice and goes above and beyond to help me with my needs. Beth Ashley

Understanding Implant-Supported Crowns And How They Can Help

A traditional dental crown is secured onto a natural tooth, but what happens if your tooth is missing entirely? 
Before implant-supported crowns
After implant-supported crowns
In that case, we offer crowns supported by dental implants. An implant is a biocompatible screw secured in your jaw and gums. Over time, through osseointegration, it will actually fuse with your gums and jawbone. This allows the dental implant to replace your tooth roots, as well as stimulate bone tissue to prevent bone loss. Then, our dentist can place an abutment and crown on top for a natural-looking and functional smile.

We Place Dental Implants Request a Surgical Consultation

Not all dentists are qualified to place implants, meaning they have to refer out to local oral surgeons. That's not the case at our advanced practice. Our Nashville dentists can conduct the whole treatment in our welcoming office, giving you a team you can trust through your crown journey. To get started, request a consultation with Dr. Underwood or Dr. Newman.

How Our Nashville Team Revitalizes Patient Smiles and Confidence



Nashville, TN


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I figured getting dental work done last minute was a long shot, but thanks to Dr. Newman I have an appointment to fix a tooth that is in serious condition. It’s hard to get in with most offices, even if the issue is urgent, the schedule is often booked to capacity. What’s different about Dr. Newman is that he will do everything he possibly can to offer immediate assistance. And to do that with a genuine sincerity anyone can see from a mile away is why I admire Dr. Newman. His staff are helpful and communicative. They treat all patients with respect and most importantly, a beautiful smile. I have been through a lot with my teeth since I was in second grade, and have had many providers before Dr. Newman. I ensure that the best is yet to come if you are looking to be a new patient and get the care and attention you deserve.

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Thomas Garthwaite

Nashville, TN


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I had the misfortune to grow up without the benefits of fluoride in our home water. As a result, I have spent way too many hours in dental chairs. I also moved several times for study and work which required switching dentists 9 times. Based on all that experience, I can say that Clint Newman, DDS, is the best dentist I have encountered. He is a great communicator about what needs to be done, what can be done and what is planned. He makes sure that you comfortable selecting the course of treatment. Most importantly, he is exceptional with his hands – he prepped 12 of my teeth for crowns/veneers in record time, with minimal discomfort for me and with exceptional results. Not only are photos of my makeover on his website, I love that I can smile without discomfiture.

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How Much Do Crowns Cost? 

There are many variables when it comes to treating compromised teeth with crowns, including:


While a crown made of premium material like IPS Empress will be exceptionally strong and natural-looking, it typically costs more than a crown made of non-premium material. On the other hand, you can expect a higher-grade material to last longer. During your consultation, Dr. Newman will help you choose the right material for your needs.

Reasons for Treatment

If you need a crown for medical reasons, your insurance policy should cover at least a portion of treatment. However, if you are receiving your crown for cosmetic reasons, you can expect to pay for treatment out-of-pocket.

Traditional or Implant-Supported Options

While dental bridges are traditionally used to replace single lost teeth, many patients are turning to dental implant-supported crowns due to the one-of-a-kind benefits implants provide. This solution can still qualify for insurance coverage of the crown itself, but implants are rarely covered.

Are There Any Risks?

woman smiling in dental chair during crown appointment

Crowns carry minimal risks, but avoiding treatment entirely can be much more dangerous and lead to complications like pain or even tooth loss.

One main risk has to do with an infected tooth or teeth following root canal treatment. If the underlying infection is not completely removed, the crown will need to be removed and replaced. If this happens, the decay that remains under the restoration can spread and cause further dental health problems.

The second risk of treatment is incorrect placement. If a crown is not placed correctly, it may not fit well. Having a poorly fitted crown can leave a patient more vulnerable to new decay. The surest way to avoid this issue is to trust your care to our reputable and experienced dental practice.

Dr. Clint Newman, DDS

Clint Newman, DDS

Dr. Clint Newman is a renowned cosmetic dentist who combines advanced technology with a keen eye for detail to provide his patients with outstanding results. In addition to being the official dental provider of the Tennessee Titans, Dr. Newman is a member of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Nashville Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

To schedule a consultation at Clint Newman, DDS, request an appointment online or call (615) 385-3507 today.

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