Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental restorations, serving both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Dr. Blaylock places dental crowns in his Durham dentist office to address a variety of cosmetic or dental health concerns.
A dental crown covers the entire tooth like a cap, enhancing the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth and strengthening a damaged tooth.
About Dental Crowns
Dr. Blaylock may recommend the use of a dental crown for restorative or cosmetic reasons to address a wide range of dental concerns:
- Replace worn or unsightly metal fillings
- Improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen or uneven teeth
- Restore tooth cavities or cover teeth after root canal therapy
- Repair cracked, worn or broken teeth
- Restore dental implants
The Dental Crown Process
A dental crown is a multi step process, beginning with a thorough examination of the affected tooth and dental impressions which will be used to create your custom crown. Dr. Blaylock will recommend the appropriate material for the crown, depending on the location and severity of tooth damage.
Initial visit: Dr. Blaylock will prepare the tooth by gently removing a small amount of the tooth structure to accommodate the crown. A temporary crown will be placed if necessary while your final restoration is being made.
Final restoration: Dr. Blaylock works closely with a local dental lab where your crown will be fabricated. Your new crown will be completed within 2-3 weeks and Dr. Blaylock will make any final adjustments for a secure fit when you return to his Durham dentist office for placement of your permanent restoration.
The dental crown procedure is relatively easy and pain free, but Dr. Blaylock and his staff will work with you to ensure you are comfortable during treatment for the best result.
Dental Crown Options
Dr. Blaylock will discuss the types of dental crowns available and make a recommendation best suited to your particular dental or cosmetic concern and budget.
Gold crowns: a gold or metal crown is the most durable and best suited to larger teeth at the back of the mouth such as molars where the biting and chewing forces are the strongest.
Resin crowns: a resin dental crown can be made to blend with the natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing result for teeth that are visible when smiling.
Porcelain crown: a porcelain crown is the highest quality ceramic dental crown providing a natural looking result that is both durable and lasting.