Dental Crown Sandy Springs, GA

Dental Crowns An Overview

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile treatments, serving cosmetic and restorative purposes and preserving the natural tooth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap covering a decayed, cracked, or damaged tooth. Dentists turn to tooth caps when a filling is insufficient.

Dr. Radha Patel often recommends dental crowns for patients with damaged, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth. Dental crowns are typically made of high-quality porcelain materials customized to blend with your natural smile. An experienced and highly trained dentist, Dr. Patel, will ensure that your dental crown is aesthetically pleasing and supports your long-term dental health with a comfortable fit.

Dental Crown Options

Dr. Patel uses metal-free dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of misshapen teeth, misaligned or discolored, and eliminate dark lines and allergic reactions.

Atlanta dentist Dr. Patel offers several choices in material for dental crowns. She will use a tooth-colored restoration, such as porcelain, for teeth in the smile zone. We color-match dental crowns of this type to blend seamlessly with your smile. Porcelain is durable and stain-resistant, an ideal material choice to complete your smile.

Teeth in the back of the mouth may be better restored using a Zirconium tooth-colored material for strength and durability. While this option is more expensive than traditional porcelain, it’s extremely durable. It’s one of the strongest materials available for a dental crown. We recommend this for the teeth that are doing the most biting and chewing.

Both choices are highly durable and aesthetic. Dr. Patel will help you choose the right one based on your needs, goals, and budget.

The Uses of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a popular restoration because they can treat various cosmetic and restorative dental problems.

Cosmetic Uses

When you have tooth discoloration, professional whitening is usually the treatment. But not all discoloration responds to traditional whitening techniques. Teeth discolored by things like medication or trauma need something else. We can color-match a dental crown to blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

Misshapen or disfigured teeth can impact your self-esteem and the function of your smile. Depending on the disfiguration and where the tooth is in your mouth, it can impact your speech or your ability to bite and chew food. A dental crown eliminates the defect and is shaped to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Since each is custom-made, we can also craft them to eliminate small gaps between your teeth.

Restorative Uses

One of the most popular uses for a dental crown is to stabilize the tooth. When we perform a root canal, we remove the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. We clean the area, fill it with biocompatible material, and then seal the tooth off to prevent further infection. But sometimes, this isn’t enough. A dental crown protects against further infection and gives you back the tooth’s full function.

Crowns are usually the last resort to save the natural tooth structure before extracting it. We use dental crowns for teeth that are extremely decayed or damaged, where fillings, inlays, or onlays can’t adequately treat the problem. Dental restorations must be functional; we don’t want to leave you with a weak tooth.

Dental crowns fortify natural teeth that need to support a dental bridge. When natural teeth support the bridge, they take on a lot of stress. They wear down faster and are more likely to succumb to tooth decay. We place dental crowns over those teeth to take the strain off your natural teeth while the crowns take on all the stress.

Lastly, dental crowns are the top choice to complete a dental implant. When implants are topped with crowns, they look and feel like natural teeth. Implant posts in the jawbone provide a restoration that has unmatched stability compared to the other tooth replacement options. Crowns are custom-made so that they blend in with your smile. Others can’t tell that it isn’t a natural tooth.

Real Results With Dental Crowns


Before and after dental crowns

Before and after dental crowns

Dental Crowns What to Expect

Dental Crowns: Step By Step

Initial Visit – First, Dr. Patel will thoroughly examine 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. Patel design a personalized treatment plan to restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you of the various options for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.

Tooth Preparation – Once she finalizes the treatment plan, Dr. Patel prepares the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. She places a temporary cap on the tooth while the dental laboratory fabricates the final restoration.

Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Sandy Springs dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Patel will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.

Dental Crowns 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, the tooth’s location, and the patient’s specific condition. 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.