Veal Dental Care
Scott Veal, DMD
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Dunwoody, GA
If you have a damaged, decayed, or unsightly tooth cap, a dental crown can restore your tooth and make your smile healthy again. Scott Veal, DMD offers beautiful dental crowns for their patients at Veal Dental Care in Dunwoody, Georgia. Get your restoration today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Crowns Q & A
What is a dental crown?
You can think of your tooth as having two sections: the crown and the root. The root is lies beneath your gum line and holds your tooth in its socket while also stimulating your jawbone. The crown is the part of your tooth that sticks out above your gum line and helps you chew your food.
A dental crown is an artificial replacement for your tooth’s natural crown. It’s permanently sealed to your tooth, covering up everything above your gum line.
Dr. Veal uses an impression of your tooth to fabricate the dental crown, so it feels and functions like your natural tooth once in place.
Depending on the material you choose for your dental crown, it can even look just like a natural tooth, too. Ceramic or porcelain crowns have a similar color and translucency as your natural tooth enamel, so they seamlessly blend into your smile.
What material is a dental crown?
There are a few different common materials for dental crowns:
- Cast gold
- Silver amalgam
- Porcelain or ceramic
Each material has different advantages, depending upon where your crown will be placed. Dr. Veal works with you to choose a material for your crown to satisfy your particular needs and budget.
How can dental crowns improve my smile?
Some of the ways that a dental crown can improve your smile include:
- Restoring a tooth that’s significantly damaged or decayed
- Covering a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, or otherwise unsightly
- Strengthening a tooth that’s broken or fractured
- Protecting a weakened tooth from further damage
- Improving your ability to chew and speak
Dental crowns can also restore the structural integrity of your tooth after root canal treatment.
What are the steps in getting a dental crown?
First, Dr. Veal removes some enamel from your tooth to make room for your crown, then takes an impression of your smile.
He sends that impression off to a lab that custom-builds your crown so that it fits perfectly over your tooth and feels natural in your mouth. You wear a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent restoration to come back from the lab.
Once your crown is ready, Dr. Veal places it, checks that it fits correctly, then bonds it to your tooth with dental cement, giving you a beautiful and healthy new smile.