Dental Crowns Columbia, SC

Do you have a cracked or broken tooth that can’t be easily restored using a simple filling? Not sure what to do about deep decay or prolonged and painful tooth deterioration? You’ve come to the right place.

Dr. Keefer and Dr. Trinkner help patients who experience common or complex dental concerns rebuild their smiles using non-invasive dental procedures. Dental crowns are one of the most successful restorations for a range of cosmetic and restorative needs. Our dentists use dental crowns to fix these issues:

  • Fix tooth damage
  • Repair tooth decay
  • To strengthen a tooth after a root canal
  • Brighten a stained tooth
  • Straightening a misshapen tooth
  • Elongating a short and worn tooth

What Is A Dental Crown?

You’ve likely heard the term before, but what exactly is a dental crown? More than just a cosmetic procedure, a dental crown is a restoration that covers the tooth, like a cap, to strengthen teeth and restore their function. The prosthetic crown will strengthen the tooth after a root canal, or other restorative procedure.

A dentist places a dental crown over a tooth, after he prepares it. He prepares it by removing a significant part of the damaged tooth structure so that the crown can sit securely and create a good seal along the gum line.

Dental crowns can consist of a variety of materials. However, our dental care team prefers non-metal restorations such as porcelain dental crowns for a highly natural-looking restoration. Dr. Keefer or Dr. Trinkner will create a custom crown that will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Dental Crowns in Columbia, SC

Dr. Trinkner or Dr. Keefer 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 only two visits!

On the first appointment, our team will non-invasively prepare the tooth using special ultrasonic tools. Our dentist may place a temporary tooth crown to protect the tooth, as well as demonstrate the final results of the proposed treatment.

A dental laboratory will carefully fabricate your new dental crown using fine layers of porcelain ceramic. On the last visit, Dr. Keefer or Dr. Trinkner will permanently secure the new 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.

Dental Crown Case

Dental Crowns Before & After in Columbia SC

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 will continue to enjoy her new dental crowns for several years.

Dental Crown FAQs

Are there any alternatives to getting a dental crown after a root canal?

Yes, there are alternatives that your dentist can provide depending on your individual needs. These alternatives include dental bridges, inlays and onlays, and composite resin fillings. Each of these options can provide protection for the remaining tooth structure. With careful consideration, your dentist can help you decide which alternative is your best option.

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 you properly keep up 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 consist of highly stain-resistant material that does not easily stain. 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 from your real teeth.

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See more dental crown before and after photos in our Clinical Cases Gallery. Call us at 803-400-8729 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online.