Main Street Dentistry

Family, General Dentistry, Cosmetic & Invisalign located in Alpharetta, GA

If you fracture a tooth or develop a deep cavity, dental crowns can limit the pain, prevent further complications, and restore your smile. At Main Street Dentistry, Imad Sabbagh, DDS, offers several types of crowns, including ceramic crowns and ceramic crowns bonded to a gold base. To make an appointment at the practice in Alpharetta, Georgia, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are custom-manufactured dental restorations that rest on top of a molar or premolar. Once bonded in place, they restore a damaged or decaying tooth to its near-original shape and size, making daily activities like biting and chewing much easier.

Crowns look and function like your natural tooth enamel. With routine dental exams and good oral hygiene, they often last 10-15 years and sometimes even longer.

When are dental crowns needed?

At Main Street Dentistry, the team uses dental crowns to:

  • Repair weak or damaged teeth
  • Correct damage caused by tooth decay
  • Cover dental implants
  • Hold fixed dental bridges in place
  • Complete root canal therapy

You might also benefit from a crown if you have a stained or severely discolored tooth that doesn’t respond to whitening toothpaste or teeth whitening treatment.

What does getting crowns involve?

At Main Street Dentistry, getting a dental crown takes two appointments.

First appointment

Before recommending a crown, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If the damage or decay is minor, dental bonding may be enough to provide relief. 

If your provider determines you qualify for a crown, they administer a local anesthetic and carefully remove the decaying or damaged portion of the tooth. Then, they take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental laboratory.

The technicians at the dental laboratory use your impressions to design and manufacture a custom dental crown that fits your tooth perfectly.

Second appointment

When the laboratory completes your crown, you return to Main Street Dentistry. Your provider administers a local anesthetic, lines up the crown with your tooth, and bonds it in place. Then, they polish the tooth, remove any excess material, and provide care instructions.

Do crowns require routine maintenance?

Yes. If you want to keep your crown in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. The team at Main Street Dentistry recommends visiting the office two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and brushing and flossing daily.

If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, wear a mouthguard to prevent chips, cracks, or other damage. In addition, avoid bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth or biting down on hard objects like ice cubes or popcorn kernels.

To see if you can benefit from dental crowns, make an appointment at Main Street Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.