Dental crowns are one of the most versatile of dental treatments, serving both cosmetic and restorative purposes and preserving the natural tooth.
Dr. Brenda Paulen often recommends dental crowns for patients who have a damaged, misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Dental crowns are typically made of high quality porcelain materials that are customized to blend with your natural smile. An experienced and highly trained dentist, Dr. Paulen will ensure that your dental crown is both aesthetically pleasing and supports your long term dental health with a comfortable fit.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Tooth caps are generally used by the dentist when a filling is insufficient.
Dr. Paulen also uses metal free dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored and eliminate dark lines and allergic reactions.
Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown
Atlanta dentist Dr. Paulen offers several choices in material for dental crowns. She will generally use a tooth-colored restoration such as porcelain for teeth in the smile zone. Teeth in the back of the mouth may be better restored using a Zirconium tooth colored material for strength and durability.
Both choices are highly durable and aesthetic. Dr. Paulen will help you choose which is right based on your needs, goals and budget.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dental Crowns: Step By Step
Initial Visit - First, Dr. Paulen will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help Dr. Paulen to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
Tooth Preparation - Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Paulen will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration - In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Sandy Springs dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Paulen will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Dr. Paulen will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed.It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Paulen will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Sandy Springs dentist office.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Sandy Springs dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Paulen. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.