Radiant Dental

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4745 Nelson Brogdon Blvd.
Buford, GA 30518

Dental Crowns

Metal Free Restorations

Because Dental Expertise Makes a Difference

If you want the option of modern, state-of-the-art restorations that are natural looking, contain no metals, and can actually strengthen your teeth, give us a call today!

State of the art

Natural Looking

Long Lasting Restorations

Dr. Patel uses crowns made from the latest in modern ceramics, as opposed to traditional crowns, which are made from porcelain fused to metal.  Over time, gum tissue can recede, which causes the metal inside the crown to become visible at the gum line.  These ugly gray lines can make a once beautiful smile lose its luster.

Ceramic Crowns are incredibly strong and long lasting restorations.  And because they are completely biocompatible, there are no allergic reactions or tooth sensitivity problems.  They look so natural that even dentists have a hard time spotting them!

You deserve a smile that looks better and more natural without all the metal!

Types of Crowns

Full Ceramic / Porcelain

Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth

Porcelain Fused to Metal

Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

All Metal

Metals are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth

Guaranteed Results

Dental Crowns are Used to Correct one of these Conditions

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Workflow

The Crown Procedure

at Our Buford, GA Dental Office

1 - Diagnostics, Planning, & Preparation
  1. Our Buford Dentist will examine your teeth to make sure crowns(s) are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations.
  2. Remove decay, prepare and shape the tooth
  3. Make an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown to match the color of your existing teeth.
  4. The impression is then sent to a dental lab where they make your crown, in the material your dentist specifies.
  5. The dentist makes and fits a temporary or transitional crown made out of plastic or metal to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made
2 - Crown Seat

When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary is removed, and the new crown is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

How to Care for Your Temporary Crown

Because temporary crowns are just a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready, we suggest that your take following precautions:
  • Avoid using the side of your mouth that the temporary crown is on. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
  • Slide flossing material out-rather than lifting out-when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss out, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown

FAQs

While crown can last a very long time, it’s life span depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. You should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Crowns sometimes come loose or fall out if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

Cost of crowns vary depending on the type of material selected. For example, porcelain crowns are typically more expensive than gold crowns, which are typically more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Typically, crowns can range in cost from $600 to $1500 or more per crown. Insurance usually covers portion of the cost, so check with your dental insurance company to be certain.

Complications with Dental Crowns

Immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off, your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. We recommend that you brush teeth with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If pain or sensitivity occurs when you bite down then the crown could be too high on the tooth. If this is the case, call our office. Our doctor can easily fix the problem.

The cement can sometimes wash out from under the crown. This allows the crown to become loose, and bacteria to leak in and cause decay to the tooth that remains. If a crown feels loose, please contact our office.

Chipping sometimes occurs with Crowns made of all porcelain. For a small chip, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip with the crown remaining in your mouth. If the chipping is extensive, the crown may need to be replaced.

Although extremely rare, an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain used in crowns can occur.

Sometimes crowns can fall off. This is usually due to a lack of cement, or a very small amount of tooth structure remaining that the crown can hold on to. If this happens, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. You can replace the crown temporarily using dental adhesive or temporary tooth cement that is sold in stores for this purpose. Contact our office immediately. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.