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Crowns can help restore the shape of teeth and protect teeth.

Crowns Help Restore Teeth to Their Original Size and Shape

Porcelain crowns are the building blocks to tooth restoration. A crown is a cap that is attached to a cracked, broken or decayed partial tooth. A mold supplies the needed information for the lab to create a crown that fits with the other teeth.

These caps actually cover the entire old treated tooth down to the gum line, creating a tight seal so bacteria and debris cannot enter easily. The porcelain is strong and gives your restored tooth protection that other treatments and procedures cannot. This makes crowns one of the best options available today.

Why Choose Porcelain?

You have probably seen silver and gold teeth that have been used in the past as crown material. While these are still options, porcelain crowns naturally resemble teeth in color and durability and should last for many years, although they may eventually have to be replaced.

When to Expect a Crown

The following are reasons your dentist will most likely recommend you consider a crown:

  • A broken tooth
  • A decayed tooth
  • A root canal of a tooth
  • A filling that is either too big or broken
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Enhancing the look of your teeth

What to Expect?

X-rays, if not done recently, and impressions are taken on the first appointment. The impressions have to be very accurate so the custom crown will be created correctly. The dentist will need to clean the tooth and prepare it for the crown by shaping it so the crown can be successfully attached. Don’t worry; we will make sure you are numb so there is no pain. Once the tooth is prepared, we will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made, which can take up to two weeks.

On your next appointment we will take the temporary cap off and clean the surface of the tooth to prepare it for the permanent crown. We will make sure of the fit, the bite and tooth spacing before doing the final attachment to the tooth. Once set, we will again check the bite and spacing just to make sure everything is good to go before you leave the office. You will be encouraged to continue with preventative care and to keep regular cleaning appointments. Although it is very rare, contact us right away if there are any issues with the tooth after you leave.


If a few adjoining teeth are missing, then a dental bridge may be the best answer for you. With our specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, we are your best choice in Smyrna, TN.