Essentially, a dental crown is a cap which gets placed over an entire tooth, so as to serve in a protective role or as a cosmetic enhancement. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, including metal, porcelain, and even gold.
A dental bridge consists of placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth next to the empty space and connecting them together with a porcelain tooth.
Dental crowns are used to protect the entire tooth if the tooth has been significantly weakened by decay or if cracking or chipping has occurred. If you notice severe pain when biting down on foods, you may have a cracked tooth, and this would require a crown in order to stave off additional cracking or other damage.
Dental crowns can also be used to esthetically enhance your smile. Crowns can be used to reshape teeth, hide discolored teeth, and even out your smile.
After having a tooth pulled, you would be left with a missing tooth. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew your favorite foods or smile without embarrassment. If missing teeth are not promptly treated, the remaining teeth may begin to shift and become crooked. There are several options to replace a missing tooth/teeth including implants, a dental bridge, or dentures.
These are special caps which do not fully cover a tooth like a traditional dental crown would. These are often used when your tooth structure is largely intact, and a full crown is not really necessary.
Depending on how well a crown is cared for, it can last anywhere from 10 years to 30 years, and in some cases, even a lifetime. In other situations, a crown may be cracked by biting down on some kind of hard food or ice, and this will call for a replacement at any stage of installation.
No, there is no special care required for a dental crown. However, the underlying tooth will still need to be properly cared for, so you should continue with your normal dental visits as well as daily brushing and flossing practices to keep the rest of your mouth healthy.
In order to make the crown fit perfectly, it will be necessary to grind down the tooth somewhat - and that makes this an irreversible procedure. On the plus side, dental crowns look and function just like your natural teeth. Dental crowns take about two appointments to complete.
If you think you might need one or more dental crowns installed, please contact us so we can consult with you to be sure. We'll be glad to answer all your questions, and let you know exactly what to expect from the entire procedure.
I have to start off by saying that Dr. Hayslip’s assistants are the most comical and friendly people I have ever met. I don’t think a second went by that I wasn’t laughing at something one of them said. Dr. Hayslip was just as funny and I could thank him a million for the great job he did on my teeth but that would still not be enough. I could say that I never in my life looked forward to going to the dentist until now, I’ve come to know every single person in the office and I’ll probably drop by just to hang out. For the first time ever I actually smiled in my school picture.
Thank you.. thank you.. thank you..
For all you’ve done,
For all you do,
A special thanks
From me to You!
The kindness of the Doctor and the graciousness of his nursing staff made having my dental work almost pleasant. I’m glad I chose the BEST staff and Dr. Hayslip as my dentist!!
Dr. Hayslip and Staff,
Happier more confident and younger looking are just a few of the feeling I am experiencing since Dr. Hayslip gave me my new gorgeous smile. He and his staff are not only professional and caring but they are compassionate as well. The whole experience was so pleasant and Dr. Hayslip takes great pride in his work and it shows. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the temporaries looked and the permanent are unbelievable.
There is so much truth in the phrase “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you”!
Thank you for changing my life.
Due to my “bite” being off, my bottom front teeth were worn down and were very jiggered. I talked with my regular dentist, whom I had been seeing for many years, about what could be done to fix my bottom teeth. He didn’t seem to be too concerned. I assumed that his only solution was at some point in time he would fit me with a partial plate, or even worse- dentures. I was very disappointed.
Then, someone told me about the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta, Georgia. I made an appointment to get an evaluation as to what could be done to save my bottom teeth. The representative told me that my bite was way off and in order to fix my bottom teeth, it would require extensive work throughout my whole mouth.
After I returned home, I noticed a sign in front of a dental office on Russell Parkway, MIDDLE GEORGIA CENTER FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY. I made an appointment and visited this dentist to get his opinion on what could be done to save my bottom teeth. When Dr. Curtis
Hayslip looked at my teeth and my mouth, he gave me his recommendation, it was the same as the evaluation that I had received at the Dental School in Augusta.
I agreed for Dr. Hayslip to do whatever he deemed necessary to save my teeth. The total process involved grinding down all of my teeth and replacing them with crowns-28 crowns in all. Fitting the new crowns not only corrected my bite, it also enhanced my looks. The results were greater than my expectations. My new teeth looked perfect.
It has been over five years since I had all my teeth crowned and I have never regretted having it done. My new teeth not only helped my looks, but it also helped my self-esteem - I'm not embarrassed to smile now.
Thank you Dr. Hayslip for saving my teeth and improving my life.
Dear Dr. Hayslip,
I never realized how drastic the changes would be when I made the decision to have my Dura-thins applied to my teeth. Dr. Hayslip and I discussed the procedure and the outcome. However, I was so pleasantly surprised at how they looked. I used to dread smiling and hated seeing pictures of my teeth. Now, I receive so many compliments; I love to show my new smile! My only regret is that I did not do it sooner. I highly recommend Dr. Hayslip and his staff. They are a great team of professionals who get the job done and done well.