Dental Crowns – Rock Hill, SC
Natural-Looking & Reliable Tooth Repair
Do you have a badly decayed tooth? Did you injure or crack one of your pearly whites in an accident? In these cases, it’s important to repair the tooth right away so that you can continue eating and speaking without pain, and without putting yourself at risk of future damage or infection. Drs. Coombs, Ross, and Sourlis offer custom-made dental crowns for natural-looking and reliable tooth repair to strengthen your compromised smile. Contact our dental office right away to learn more about dental crowns and if you could benefit from one.
Why Choose Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry for Dental Crowns?
- Beautiful Metal-Free Restorations for Seamless Results
- One-Visit CEREC Crowns Available
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments for Patients in Pain
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a common restoration that is made to cover one tooth, bringing it back to a healthy shape and size, restoring its strength, and protecting it from further damage. It is cemented so that it fully covers the part of the tooth that’s visible above the gum line. You might receive a dental crown if you have a tooth that has been broken, cracked, or weakened by decay. A crown can also be placed for cosmetic reasons, such as to hide teeth that are severely discolored.
While some crowns are made of metal, we also offer all-ceramic restorations that can be shaded to match the natural color of your other teeth. You’ll be able to smile with confidence without worrying that someone will notice that you had dental work done!
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
Once we’ve determined that a dental crown is the best choice for you, we’ll prepare your tooth. This includes removing any decayed tissue, roughening up the surface, and removing a layer of enamel to make room for the crown. We’ll numb your mouth first to ensure this whole process is as comfortable as possible. Then, we’ll take impressions of the tooth, which will be used as blueprints for crafting your permanent restorations.
In some cases, you’ll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks until returning to our office to have your permanent crown cemented in place. Other times, we’ll be able to use our advanced CEREC technology to design, craft, and mill your final restoration right here in our office. In just about an hour, your permanent crown will be ready to restore your smile!
Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
A crown will restore the appearance of a damaged tooth and bring it back to full strength so that you can safely use it to chew and speak again. Also, badly broken teeth that can’t be repaired with just a filling can be held together using a crown. If there’s a small amount of space between your teeth, or if their position needs to be slightly corrected, a crown can help address the issue.
Remember, enamel cannot repair itself, and acts as the protective shell around the pulp of your tooth. Leaving a cracked, broken, weakened, or decayed tooth untreated only increases the risk of bacteria finding its way inside your tooth and infecting it. Getting a dental crown now could save you from needing a root canal or tooth extraction in the future.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Do you need to restore a decayed, damaged, or missing tooth? If so, a dental crown may be the best solution for your situation. With these porcelain caps, you’ll be able to regain the strength and function of your smile as well as improve the appearance of your pearly whites. That said, it’s natural to have some concerns about the treatment before hopping on board with any procedures. To help you feel more comfortable and well-informed, our team has compiled and answered some of the most common questions we get about dental crowns in Rock Hill. Read on or give us a call today if you wish to learn more!
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
Since a dental crown is not made of the same organic material as your natural teeth, it can’t develop cavities. However, this doesn’t mean the underlying tooth isn’t vulnerable to decay. A crowned tooth has just about the same risk of decay as one that isn’t crowned. Without proper oral hygiene, it becomes possible for bacteria to collect and plaque to form on your gums where the tooth meets the base of your crown. They can easily slip underneath and wreak havoc on your smile. Fortunately, you only have to maintain your dental crown just like you would your normal pearly whites. Brush, floss, and visit our team for routine checkups and cleanings.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
While dental crowns are durable and long-lasting, they aren’t considered a permanent solution. You’ll still have to replace them eventually, as they’ll wear down over time. That said, you can expect your crown to protect your tooth for as far as 5 to 15 years with proper care! The only part of your treatment that’s irreversible is the reshaping of your tooth to fit the crown, as your enamel will not regenerate on its own. This means you’ll need a crown to protect the tooth going forward, which will prevent further damage and help it survive much longer than it would without one.
Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?
Your dental crown should feel increasingly natural within several days of your treatment. They are made of porcelain, which is durable enough to withstand the excessive pressure from chewing like your permanent teeth. This means you’ll be able to feel completely comfortable eating all your favorite foods and it shouldn’t feel strange. Also, our team will construct your dental crown to match the impressions taken of your smile so that it fits precisely as it should. Once you receive them, you shouldn’t experience any difference between your restoration and your natural teeth.
Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?
Our dental team will make sure to numb your mouth with a local anesthetic before starting any work on your smile. This means you shouldn’t experience any discomfort throughout the procedure itself (do inform us if you do, as we’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible). After your appointment, however, you might feel soreness or sensitivity for a few days, especially if you’ve undergone a root canal as well. This is typically short-lived and can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Give our team a call if any discomfort worsens so we can help.