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Dental Crowns – Green Hills, TN

Restoring Your Smile with the Aesthetics You Deserve

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Dental crowns are an excellent option for restoring teeth that have been decayed or damaged beyond what a dental filling is able to repair. This restoration gives you the aesthetics you want since it blends flawlessly with your smile, and the function you had with your natural tooth. Here’s what you should know about dental crowns in Green Hills, Nashville, TN.

What is a Dental Crown?

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Unlike a filling, which only fills a small hole in your tooth, a dental crown is designed to replace your entire tooth structure. It attaches to your remaining structure so that it protects and sustains your natural root. A crown is made of ceramic porcelain, which reflects light just like your natural tooth and it can be customized to match your teeth to naturally complement your smile.

When do I Need a Crown?

Dental crowns are typically recommended for these situations:

  • To strengthen a tooth that has had root canal therapy
  • To restore a dental implant, which replaces a missing tooth
  • For repair of a cracked or fractured tooth
  • To restore a large cavity or decay that has compromised more than half of a tooth
  • Restoring a tooth that has excessive wear
  • For cosmetic purposes – to restore a tooth that is misshapen or discolored

What is the Process for Completing a Dental Crown?

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Your new crown will be handcrafted by a top dental laboratory and can typically be completed in two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Kirby will prepare your tooth for your new restoration and make impressions of your tooth that will be used to create your new crown. He will also create a temporary crown that you’ll be able to wear while you are waiting for your final restoration to be completed.

After a week or two, when your new crown is completed, you’ll return to Green Hills Dental Center to have it permanently placed. Dr. Kirby will make any necessary adjustments to your crown at this time to ensure that your bite is functioning properly.

Maintaining Your Crown

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Your new dental crown has the potential to last for around 10 to 15 years with the right care and maintenance. You will be able to brush and floss around your crown just as you did with your natural tooth and brushing at least twice a day and flossing once will help you keep it clean and healthy.

Your routine checkups with Dr. Kirby are also critical for maintaining the health of your new tooth. He will monitor your crown and your oral health with annual x-rays, and examinations every six months to ensure that your make the most of your new restoration for many years to come.   

If you have a tooth in need of repair, Dr. Kirby and your team at Green Hills Dental Center can help determine if a dental crown is the right option for your needs. Contact our office today to learn more.