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Halls Family Dentistry

General Dentist located in Knoxville, TN

Cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth can lead to serious oral health problems and draw attention away from your smile. At Halls Family Dentistry in Knoxville, Tennessee, Linda Huang, DDS, uses dental crowns to restore damaged teeth and repair your radiant smile. If you have a damaged tooth in need of a crown restoration, call Halls Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are caps that cover the outside of your tooth. Crowns look and feel just like your existing, healthy teeth, and can even be designed to blend in with your natural tooth color. When installed, a crown completely encases the visible part of your tooth that sticks up above the gum line.

Crowns can be made from different materials, including porcelain, gold, and silver. Porcelain is a popular choice, not only due to its strength and durability, but because this material easily blends in with the color of your natural teeth.

When would I need a dental crown?

Dr. Linda takes a conservative approach to dentistry and only recommends crowns when they’re absolutely necessary. If you have decay she tries to restore your tooth with a regular filling before applying a crown.

However, there are situations where crowns are the best option. 

You may need a dental crown restoration if your tooth is broken, worn down, or otherwise not strong enough to accept a regular filling. Crowns are also recommended to cover and seal your tooth after a root canal procedure. 

What problems can dental crowns fix?

Crowns restore damaged teeth and help correct a wide variety of dental issues. Some common uses for crowns include:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restoring an already broken tooth
  • Covering a severely worn-down tooth
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Covering a tooth that is already weakened with a large filling
  • Improving the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth

How does a dentist install a crown?

Prior to treatment, Dr. Linda examines your mouth and discusses your options for tooth restoration. Once treatment planned, the process of making and installing your crown requires two visits.

During your first visit, Dr. Linda prepares the affected tooth to receive the crown. Then, she makes a dental impression and sends it to the lab, where your crown is made. She places a temporary crown for you to wear during the time between visits.

About two to three weeks later, Dr. Linda removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. Then, you’re ready to enjoy your strong and beautiful smile restoration. Most dental crowns last 5-10 years.

If you think you may need a crown restoration to repair a damaged tooth, call Halls Family Dentistry.