Dental Crowns in Ballantyne
Root canals, cracks, and chips weaken the structure of teeth. Aten & Garofalo Dentistry offers dental crowns in Ballantyne, NC, to repair damaged or decaying teeth. Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain and function as “caps” to cover damage to the teeth and effectively restore functionality.
A crown is designed to cover and strengthen a weakened or damaged tooth. Tooth decay, dental trauma, and cracks can all prompt your dentist to suggest placing a crown. They may also cover dental implants.
During dental crown placement, your dentist will prepare the tooth to be capped by taking impressions and drilling or shaping the tooth. Once this has occurred, the tooth will be covered with the crown (permanent or temporary) and a safe adhesive to bond the crown to the tooth.
Caring for your crown is important to extend its lifespan. With regular brushing and flossing and consistent visits to the dentist, you can expect your crown to last for decades.
We provide restorative dentistry in Ballantyne, NC. Our restorative procedures include dental crowns. From root canals to cosmetic repair, our team is devoted to helping our patients feel confident in their grins.
Our team creates restorative treatment plans based on your individual goals and needs. We take budget and ability into account when we address damaged teeth and will go over the benefits and drawbacks of all potential procedures.
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There are several different types of dental crowns. CEREC same-day crowns are made with porcelain and are fabricated in a single day. Gold and other metals may also be used to create crowns. These fabrications are placed on top of the tooth to create a “cap” and prevent further damage and decay.
Dental crowns come in two basic forms: temporary and permanent crowns. Temporary crowns are placed atop teeth on a temporary basis while permanent crowns are being made. Both temporary and permanent crowns are used to cap teeth to repair existing damage and prevent additional decay and damage. With correct dental care, crowns can last for years and prevent tooth loss.
The level of care given to dental crowns will determine how long they last. Dental crowns are a mainstay of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They can last for decades if they are cared for properly. Inadequate brushing and flossing, using teeth as tools, and untreated gum disease can all negatively impact the lifespan of a dental crown.
Root canals and crowns have a reputation for being particularly painful and unpleasant. Both procedures are completed with local anesthesia. Apart from the initial injection, dental patients should not experience any real pain or discomfort.
Crowns are incredibly durable but usually need to be replaced between 15 and 20 years. Crowns will begin to show signs of wear as they come to the end of their lifespan. These signs include:
- Receding gums
- Changes to your bite
- Tooth or gum pain
If any of these symptoms are present, call us today.
To create crowns, impressions of your tooth or teeth will be made. These impressions are then either put into a CEREC machine to create same-day crowns or are sent to a North Carolina lab to fabricate custom crowns. Crowns are made with porcelain, metal, or resin.
Crowns are not always necessary. They are necessary in cases where the natural teeth cannot or should not be pulled, and the tooth structure is too damaged to stand on its own. Crowns can also be useful for people who are eager to improve the appearance of their smile while strengthening teeth.
Teeth may feel sensitive or uncomfortable for 1-2 weeks following a dental crown. If discomfort persists, reach out to a dental professional for an evaluation and additional dental services.