Dr. Clint Newman uses the finest materials to create customized dental crowns for his cosmetic and restorative patients. Teeth that are damaged or decayed can be restored to look naturally beautiful. With the experience and knowledge that produces the most successful results, Dr. Newman delivers excellent smiles with dental crowns. Located in Nashville, TN, his office is conveniently located and consists of a highly trained, friendly, and extremely punctual staff.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are casings that cover the entire tooth surface with the exclusive purpose of restoring teeth to their original shape and size with a natural shine. Dental crowns protect and strengthen the tooth structure more successfully than any other type of dental restoration. However, some patients may be better candidates for inlays and onlays.
There are several types of dental crowns, but porcelain crowns are the most popular. Thanks to the properties of porcelain, they resemble your natural teeth in color and sheen. Highly durable, dental crowns can last for years, but, depending on the frequency of proper care and personal diet, may eventually need to be replaced. We can review the advantages and disadvantages of all-ceramic crowns with you during your consultation.
Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile. Dr. Newman provides all-porcelain, metal-free crowns that look absolutely natural while providing excellent durability.
Placing a dental crown requires removal of a small amount of dental tissue, allowing the crown to achieve a precise fit within your smile.
Dental Crowns Benefits
For our patients in Nashville, dental crowns have one overwhelming benefit: a patient can enhance two aspects of the smile with just one dental procedure. That is because dental crowns improve both the aesthetics and health of the teeth. When teeth are decayed and injured, dental flaws such as yellowing or graying of the teeth, chips, or cracks develop. By placing the dental crown, Dr. Newman is able to mask these cosmetic flaws. In addition, the health and strength of the tooth will be improved with placement of the dental crown. Dr. Newman will clean out all signs of decay prior to placing the dental crown; once placed, the crown acts as a barrier to block out bacteria.
Another benefit of dental crowns is that they can be used to save a severely infected tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction. A dental crown can be placed as long as the root is still healthy. If a decayed tooth is not treated, infection can spread below the surface of the tooth and result in the need for root canal treatment or removal of the tooth. By placing a dental crown before infection progresses to its advanced stages, Dr. Newman helps you avoid the need for more serious dental treatments. Overall, a dental crown can strengthen your tooth, improves your overall oral health, eliminates any pain or sensitivity that the damaged tooth was causing, and enhances the tooth’s appearance.
Dental crowns can restore function, comfort, and aesthetics.
Dental Crowns Risks
There are not many risks associated with dental crowns.
First, if the underlying infection is not completely removed, the dental crown will need to be removed and replaced; if this happens, the decay that remains under the dental crown can spread and cause further dental health problems.
A second risk of treatment is a dental crown that is placed incorrectly. In these cases, the dental crown may not fit well because the tooth was not sufficiently prepared to accommodate the dental crown. Having a poorly fitted crown can leave a patient more vulnerable to new decay because bacteria will be able to work its way underneath the dental crown. Fortunately, Dr. Newman is very experienced in placing dental crowns so our Nashville patients can avoid dental crown risks and be sure that they will receive a thorough and successful treatment.
The Best Candidate for a Dental Crown
Crowns can be placed on one or more teeth, depending on their health. If a tooth is missing or suffering from substantial decay, it may be necessary to place an implant before mounting the crown.
Ideal candidates for a crown meet any or all of the following conditions:
- Cover teeth with root canals
- Protect weak teeth at risk for breakage
- Fix broken, cracked or fractured teeth
- Meet cosmetic needs
- Protect decayed or rotten teeth
- Cover fractured or old fillings
- Hide large, overflowing fillings
- Cover a dental implant
- Use in a dental bridge
- Root canal is required
- A tooth cannot be restored through filling, bonding, or similar means.
Each of Dr. Newman’s patients is unique in his or her need for dental crowns, and he is committed to creating the best treatment plan specific to each of his clients. During your consultation, the options that best suit you will be discussed at length. If you have a tooth that is healthy, but has severe aesthetic issues that a porcelain veneer cannot conceal, you may want to consider a crown.
Practical and Aesthetic Benefits
Understanding the Procedure
The procedure to place dental crowns usually requires two appointments. During the first appointment, several molds will be made in order to create your custom crowns. The mold will also 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.
While the teeth are numb, Dr. Newman will prepare them for crowning by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Your temporary crown will be provisionally cemented and your bite will be checked to ensure that you are biting down properly.
During the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new, permanent crown will be carefully placed to ensure that your bite and spacing is correct.
Dental crowns can be the ultimate solution for people who experience problems with decaying, cracked, or discolored teeth. For more information on the cost of dental crowns or to schedule a consult for dental crowns, contact Dr. Newman’s office online or call us at (615) 385-3507.