Dental crowns are dental restorations used to cover and protect teeth. Dr. Adam Carraway provides dental crowns to his patients in his Greer, SC dental office. Patients with discolored, weakened, worn, chipped, cracked, and otherwise damaged teeth can benefit from tooth crowns. Our dental crowns are made of durable porcelain ceramic that creates a natural end result. Tooth crowns not only improve the aesthetic of the smile but also bring balance to the bite.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
Dr. Carraway works with a high-quality local lab to create tooth crowns. He refers patients to the lab for precise impressions of the teeth and shade matching to fit the aesthetic of the smile. The dental crowns are created according to these specifications in the dental lab. During this time, patients are given temporary crowns. Once the permanent tooth crowns are complete, they are secured to either dental implants or natural teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Want to know more about dental crowns? Read answers to frequently asked questions about tooth crown treatment below:
How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental crowns?
Patients with a wide range of oral health problems can receive dental crowns. Even if you have a tooth infection or missing teeth, you can be a candidate for dental crown treatment. Dr. Carraway always makes sure that the teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. He can address a dental infection or replace missing teeth with implants and then cap them off with tooth crowns. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Carraway and he can help you find out whether or not crowns are right for you.
Do dental crowns damage natural teeth?
No, if you are receiving a crown to cover a natural tooth, it will not damage it. Only a small part of the natural tooth will need to be shaved off to ensure that the crown fits properly. Dental crowns need enough enamel to function properly, which means we do not need to wear down the enamel for a crown. Besides, tooth crowns can be used to address teeth that have already been damaged.
Can I whiten my dental crowns?
No, tooth crowns and other porcelain or ceramic treatments cannot be whitened. Only the natural tooth enamel can be effectively whitened with professional treatment. Crowns are also meant to brighten the smile as well as provide strength and improved aesthetics. If you have an old, broken, or discolored tooth crown, we can provide a replacement for you.
Are inlays and onlays similar to dental crowns?
Yes, inlays and onlays are treatments often compared to tooth fillings and crowns. However, they cover a smaller area than dental crowns. Both inlays and onlays are made of ceramic to blend in with the natural color of teeth. Inlays cover the top of teeth, between the tooth sides, or cusps. Onlays also cover the tooth’s surface but cover the cusps.
Request a Dental Consultation
Do you want to protect and cover your teeth with dental crowns? Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Carraway on our website. Contact Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 864.383.9711.