Do you have a cracked or broken tooth that can’t be easily restored by a simple filling? Not sure what to do about deep decay or prolonged and painful tooth deterioration?
You’ve come to the right place. For nearly 30 years, Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner has been helping patients who experience these issues rebuild their smiles with conservative dental procedures. In many cases, dental crowns have proven to be the most successful restorations for a range of cosmetic and restorative needs:
- Tooth damage
- Tooth decay
- To strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- Discolored tooth
- Misshapen tooth
You’ve likely heard the term tossed around before, but what exactly is a dental crown? More than a mere cosmetic solution, a dental crown is a restoration that covers the tooth, like a cap, to strengthen teeth and restore function. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but Dr. Trinkner prefers non-metal restorations such as porcelain dental crowns for a highly natural-looking restoration.
Dental Crowns in Columbia, SC
Dr. Trinkner will create a personalized treatment plan to fabricate a custom dental crown that will sit comfortably on the tooth and align with your natural bite. The process for dental crowns usually takes two visits. On the first appointment, Dr. Trinkner will conservatively prepare the tooth using special ultrasonic tools. A temporary tooth crown will be placed to protect the tooth as well as demonstrate the results of the proposed treatment.
The final restoration will be fabricated in a dental laboratory, carefully made from fine layers of ceramic. On the last visit, Dr. Trinkner will permanently secure the crown on the tooth. Because of the amount of time spent in the treatment planning, this last visit is often very quick and predictable. Your new dental crown will last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Featured Dental Crown Case
When Mimi came to our Columbia, SC dental office, her chief concerns were to reestablish a more youthful smile and replace old style dental crowns that did not look natural. She’d had extensive work on two of the teeth from early childhood issues. Using more modern ceramic materials that can block color, we were able to create a beautiful smile with improved color and form. She has continued to enjoy her new dental crowns for several years.
Dental Crown FAQs
Are dental crowns necessary after a root canal?
Yes. Most, if not all, root canal procedures include a dental crown placement. Placing a crown after a root canal will ensure that your tooth’s structure is stable and will not be further damaged. Your tooth is more susceptible to permanent tooth sensitivity and further infections without a dental crown after a root canal.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns typically last about 15 years. Dental crowns can last up to 30 years if maintained properly with a great oral health routine. Diligent brushing and flossing, as well as using mouthwash will greatly increase the lifespan of your dental crown.
Can you whiten a dental crown?
No. Dental crowns do not respond to traditional teeth whitening treatments. They are made of highly stain-resistant material that can not be bleached. You can however remove surface stains by using mouthwash. You can also try a baking soda and salt rinse to help remove plaque and tartar.