If you're self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, sometimes called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Dr. Peter A. Pate uses the best materials for unmatched results. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit from custom-made dental crowns in Buckhead.
Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment. A dental crown gets its name because it caps the entire visible portion of your tooth. We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal and all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-porcelain crowns. You’ll be able to choose the exact size, shape, and shade of your crown. Once placed, you can enjoy restored biting power and appearance.
Our precise color-matching system enables us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long-lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients. If you’ve been hiding your smile in public or for photos, dental crowns allow you to grin with confidence once more. Additionally, decay and damage can often be painful, however a dental crown will protect your tooth from sensitivity and discomfort for years to come.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crown in just a couple of short appointments. First, Dr. Pate will prepare your tooth by removing a slight portion of your enamel. Then, he will take special impressions and images of the affected area, which are sent to a high-tech dental lab. After the lab has created your personalized crown, you’ll come back into our office for your second visit. We will ensure that you’re happy with your results before permanently bonding the crown to your tooth. ‘
Once Dr. Pate, our expert dentist in Buckhead, places your crown, you can care for it just like a natural tooth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Remember, just because you got a dental crown, doesn’t mean that the tooth under it can’t become infected or decayed. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too. This will protect you from more extensive and expensive dentistry in the future. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!
If your dentist recently recommended a dental crown, you’re sure to have several questions because it requires you to permanently alter your tooth. There’s no need to worry. Dr. Pate only suggests crowns when there aren’t any other viable treatments, so you can rest assured it’s in your best interest. He will take the time to explain the treatment and address your concerns during your consultation. While you wait, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions he’s asked to help you feel at ease with the decision you’re making for your smile.
When you picture a dental crown, you might envision a dark restoration standing out from the natural teeth. It is true crowns caused an eyesore in the past because they were made of metal; however, modern restorations are made of all-ceramic material. This not only provides a biocompatible treatment but also a crown that will look just like a real tooth. It’s customized to match the color, size, and shape of your real teeth to blend in with your smile, so no one will know it is there.
Although your crown won’t be made of metal, it is equally durable to withstand the pressure of everyday use. It can last for decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. It’s also best to avoid chewing overly hard or sticky foods with the restoration to prevent any unnecessary damage.
Even with the best care, your crown won’t last forever. It will inevitably need to be replaced. If your crown falls off, don’t panic. Dr. Pate can easily replace it. In the meantime, don’t attempt to repair it on your own using an over-the-counter kit or you can cause irreversible damage. In addition, it’s best to avoid chewing with the tooth until after the crown has been replaced.
There isn’t a specific fee for the restoration because the cost is based on your individual treatment plan, such as if you need an additional procedure along with the crown, like a root canal. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the fees associated with your care. A member of our team will take the time to discuss your payment options to help you find the solutions you need to pay for your crown without breaking the bank.
Although every policy differs, most dental insurance plans will pay a portion of the cost of the restoration when used for restorative purposes. Since crowns also offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits, your insurance may pay a percentage of the cost when used for elective reasons as well. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claim forms to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.