Restoring Teeth with Dental Crowns
Sometimes, a dental filling is not enough to repair the damage to your tooth. If you need more comprehensive restoration for your tooth after decay, trauma, or a root canal, Dr. Michael McCartney can design and place dental crowns at his office in Adel, GA. Made of porcelain or metal, these restorations completely cover the visible area of the tooth and provide both support and strength to a vulnerable tooth.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are long-lasting tooth restorations that Dr. McCartney can place in just a few appointments. These restorations sit directly on top of a tooth like a helmet, protecting it from the outside forces of the mouth, including oral bacteria, temperature fluctuations, and bite pressure. Made from medical-grade porcelain, these non-porous barriers are color-matched to your surrounding teeth so that they can blend in seamlessly with your smile.
If Dr. McCartney has recommended a dental crown for you, we can offer several financing options to make the process easier to fit into your budget. Programs like CareCredit or our own Smile Savers Membership Club are easy to apply for and can help secure immediate funding for dental procedures.
Dental crowns are long-lasting tooth restorations that Dr. McCartney can place in just a few appointments.
The Process for Receiving a Dental Crown
When receiving a dental crown from Dr. McCartney, you can expect the following treatment steps:
- To fabricate the permanent porcelain crown, your dentist will first gently shape the tooth to create room for the crown. He can then take impressions, which will be sent to a trusted dental lab for fabrication. Your permanent crown will typically be finished and returned to the office within just a few weeks.
- A temporary crown will be placed until your final crown is completed. Dr. McCartney will use a temporary bonding agent to secure the acrylic-based crown to your natural tooth. It is important to treat the temporary crown with care, as it is not as durable as the final crown.
- Once the final crown has been fabricated and returned to our office, Dr. McCartney will remove the temporary crown and begin final shaping adjustments to ensure a snug, comfortable fit for your new porcelain restoration. He will secure the crown by using a high-quality bonding agent and check your bite to make sure the fit is comfortable.
If you opt for an implant-supported crown, treatment can take anywhere from three months to a full year, depending on your specific health needs.
Life After Dental Crowns
Once placed, your dental crown can hold up to a normal diet and will have the same seamless color and glossy finish as that of a natural tooth. Proper oral hygiene habits combined with regular dental cleanings and exams can extend the life of your crown up to 15 years or longer.
Why Consider Adel Dental?
Since 1995, Dr. McCartney has been helping patients save their natural teeth through restorative crowns at Adel Dental Associates. Your experience in our office is important to Dr. McCartney and our staff. We focus on providing a comfortable environment to help you relax. This includes our waiting room complete with comfortable chairs and a TV playing family-favorite movies, as well as our use of local anesthetics and sedative medications to help ease anxiety during procedures.
Restore Your Smile
We pride ourselves on delivering quality porcelain crowns. Discover what satisfied patients are saying by visiting our patient testimonials page. When you are ready to schedule your appointment with Dr. McCartney, contact us at (229) 896-7679.