The goal of customizing restorative porcelain crowns is to not only ensure that the tooth is properly restored, but that it preserves as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible and looks completely natural when integrated into the smile. Dr. Robert Freeman and the team at South Knox Dental in Knoxville, TN encourages new and current patients to ask us about porcelain crowns, one of our more popular restorative solutions available in our office.
What is a dental crown?
Dr. Freeman describes the porcelain crown as a ceramic restoration that is fabricated and bonded onto the exposed area of a natural tooth. These restorations may also be used to replace missing teeth when bonded to false teeth to create dental bridges or when placed over the abutment of a dental implant. Crowns are incredibly versatile, and because they are made from porcelain, they are highly aesthetic.
Why might I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns, or “porcelain caps,” are commonly used in many situations, including:
- The replacement of a single tooth or several teeth with dental implants or dental bridge
- Protecting a tooth that has lost a lot of natural structure, such as teeth with large cavities
- Offer protection of a weakened tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- To cover a tooth with permanent, dark staining that cannot be addressed with professional teeth whitening
What to expect in the creation of dental crowns
Dental crowns require two appointments to complete. During the first visit, Dr. Freeman will prepare the natural tooth by removing the surrounding tooth enamel. This eliminates the crown adding bulk when placed. Impressions, or “molds,” are made and sent to a ceramist at a dental laboratory with specific instructions from the dentist for shape, size, and color. Patients have a temporary crown placed until they can return to the office for their final restoration.
Call South Knox Dental today
Knoxville, TN area patients who are in need of porcelain crowns or other dental restorations are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Dr. Robert Freeman and his team by calling (865) 302-3848. The office, located at 6555 Chapman Highway, uses today’s latest technologies and materials to provide the best, most natural looking crowns for new and current patients.