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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.

Dental Crown FAQs

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A dental crown is the most common restorative procedure. While many people have dental crowns in Green Hills, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to a restoration. Dr. Kirby will take the time to explain the process and address your concerns during your visit. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help ease any apprehensions.

Will My Crown Look Natural?

In the past, crowns were typically made of metal. Although they are effective, they can cause an eyesore when smiling. You don’t need to worry about a dark restoration blemishing your smile. Nowadays, crowns are routinely made of all-ceramic material. This allows them to be customized to match your exact specifications to look and feel like a real tooth. Rest assured, no one will know your crown isn’t your natural tooth.

How Should I Care for My Temporary Crown?

While the dental lab is creating your restoration, you’ll need a temporary crown to protect your tooth for a couple of weeks. It’s best to avoid chewing anything hard or sticky with your crown. In fact, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth is even better. You’ll also need to brush and floss regularly. If your temporary crown breaks or falls off, don’t worry. Contact our office to have it replaced.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Our office uses the latest innovations in dentistry to make treatments less invasive; however, you’ll still need a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. If you still have apprehensions, our office also offers sedation dentistry. You won’t need to worry about any pain or discomfort as your dentist quickly treats your tooth while you sit back and relax.

How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

There isn’t a set fee for dental crowns because the cost is determined by your specific treatment plan. There are several factors that can influence the cost, such as if you need an additional procedure, like a root canal. We will provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the costs associated with your treatment. A member of our team will take the time to explain all your payment options to help you find the solutions you need to keep your treatment within your budget.

Can I Use My Dental Insurance?

Although every policy differs, many dental insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost of the crown when used for restorative purposes, like to treat a broken tooth in Green Hills. Every policy is unique, but many plans include 50% -80% coverage. You may need to pay your annual deductible first before utilizing your yearly allowance.

A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the required claims to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. If there’s a remaining balance, we will explain your payment options, like using third-party financing. You can get the high-quality restoration you need without breaking the bank.