Dental Crowns in Charlotte

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, often referred to as "caps," are a type of dental restoration that completely covers a tooth or dental implant. These are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth with dental cement. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, which are usually manufactured using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. When prescribed by a knowledgeable Charlotte dentist, like Drs. Brazile & Moorehead at Infinity Smiles, a crown can restore the functionality of your tooth and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile.

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Did you know…

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Over 15 million people in the U.S. have crowns or bridge replacements for missing teeth.

The Dental Crown Treatment Process

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Examination and Preparation

The first step in the dental crown process involves a thorough examination of the tooth in question. Drs. Brazile & Moorehead will assess the health of your tooth and determine if it requires a crown. This may involve taking X-rays to examine the roots of the tooth and the surrounding bone. If a crown is necessary, the tooth will be reshaped to accommodate the crown. This usually involves removing part of the outer layer of the tooth. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be manufactured.

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Temporary Crown Placement

While your permanent crown is being crafted, a temporary crown will be placed to protect your tooth. This is a critical step as it ensures that your tooth is not exposed to potential damage while you wait for your permanent crown. This temporary crown is made from an impression of your tooth before it was reshaped, ensuring it fits comfortably in your mouth.

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Permanent Crown Placement

Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to our office for the final placement. The temporary crown will be removed, and the new, custom-made crown will be checked for fit and color. If everything is as it should be, it will be cemented into place.

The Benefits Of Dental Crowns

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Improved Appearance

One of the most noticeable benefits of dental crowns is the improvement they can make to your smile. Crowns can be made to match the color of your natural teeth, and they can cover discolored or misshapen teeth.

Long-Lasting Durability

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Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include a dry throat and mouth upon waking, insomnia, poor quality sleep, morning headaches, drowsiness throughout the day, decreased sex drive, and irritability. If you recognize one or more of these symptoms in yourself or your sleeping partner, you can see a sleep specialist for a diagnosis.

Protection for Damaged Teeth

A dental crown can protect a weak tooth from breaking. It can also hold together parts of a cracked tooth. In addition, a crown can be used to hold a dental bridge in place or cover a dental implant.

Did you know…

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Gold was the material of choice for dental crowns before the use of porcelain.