Porcelain Crowns in Charlotte, NC 

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Your teeth can become damaged for various reasons and dental crowns provide a versatile solution to many of them. Here is an overview of what crowns are, why you might benefit from them, and what to expect while getting a crown at our Charlotte, NC, dental office!  

Dental Crowns in Charlotte, NC

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps or tooth crowns, are a cover used to protect cracked, chipped, worn, or otherwise damaged teeth. They can be used as both a restorative treatment for teeth that are painful or likely to fall apart due to minimal remaining tooth structure and as a cosmetic treatment to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Crowns are cemented to your tooth after reshaping the tooth to ensure that the crown will fit correctly.

A dental cleaning can be done as part of a visit in addition to an exam. However, the two procedures are not the same. The purpose of a dental exam is to monitor the health of your teeth and detect any issues that may have developed or will potentially develop in the future. Dental cleanings are meant to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.  

Does Dental Crown Treatment Hurt?

Thanks to local anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel any pain during your dental crown procedure. However, if you did not need root canal treatment on that tooth, you may experience sensitivity to heat or cold while brushing or eating for a couple weeks with the temporary crown and your gums  may also be slightly irritated. Once the permanent crown is placed, sensitivity should subside and the gum tissue will be healthy.  

Are Dental Crowns Noticeable?

Dental crowns are made from porcelain or other materials that look very similar to your enamel and are specially made to blend in with the rest of your smile. 

How Long Does It Take To Get a Dental Crown?

Getting your new crown starts with an initial appointment to prepare your tooth for the procedure. This appointment involves assessing your tooth, removing any decay present and placing a filling, reshaping it to ensure that your new crown will fit, taking a scan of your prepped tooth that will be used to make your crown, and placing a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent one. You will usually return approximately 2weeks later to have your permanent crown cemented.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Most crowns last between five and fifteen years. Caring for your teeth is essential in prolonging the life of your dental crown. They will generally last longer if you brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist as often as needed for cleanings and exams, and avoid biting your nails, chewing ice, or opening packaging with your teeth. 


Trust The Professionals With Your Oral Health


The good people of Charlotte, NC, know that one of the secrets to oral health is keeping your teeth and gums clean. Doing so requires brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist and dental hygienist regularly. That’s why Dr. Carli Warden and the team at Luminous Dental are here to share their expertise and offer care of the highest quality. In addition, they dedicate themselves to education to ensure that they are well-versed in the most advanced techniques and technologies, while making every patient feel welcome and comfortable in their office.

Please get in touch with us today if you would like to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning.