Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth for a healthier and/or more appealing smile. Willoughby Dental in Greenville, SC offers porcelain dental crowns for patients seeking a stronger and natural-looking smile. In this blog post, we answer frequently answered questions on dental crowns.

What are dental crowns made of?

Dental crowns can be made from metal, gold, composite resin, ceramic or porcelain materials.

What are the benefits of porcelain crowns?

All dental crowns, no matter what materials they are made of, are designed to be strong and durable. An added benefit of porcelain crowns is that they are crafted to match the look and feel of natural teeth. Porcelain dental crowns have a translucent quality that mimics tooth enamel. When designing your dental crowns, we will match the color, shape and size of your natural teeth, so you can achieve a seamless smile.

When is a dental crown needed?

Dental crowns can be used to:

  • Restore a damaged or decayed tooth or teeth
  • Improve the appearance of misshapen teeth
  • Replace a dental filling
  • Replace a missing tooth (the crown can be attached to a dental implant or bridge)

A dental crown is just one of several options for dental restorations available at Willoughby Dental. Before recommending a specific restoration, we will meet with you to discuss your specific dental needs and goals. We will also examine your teeth and evaluate your oral health in order to determine the best dental treatment option.

Does the procedure hurt?

The dental crown placement process does not hurt. Prior to the procedure, your tooth will be numbed to minimize discomfort. Once the treatment is complete and the numbing agent has worn off, the treated tooth may feel sensitive or mildly sore. These side effects are only temporary.

Will my dental crown be noticeable?

Because your porcelain crown will be carefully crafted to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth, it will be practically indistinguishable when placed in your mouth.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns are crafted from high-quality materials and can last for many years. Proper care and attention is needed to maximize the longevity of your dental crowns.

How do I take care of my dental crowns?

Dental crowns do not require any special maintenance and should be taken cared of like natural teeth. You should brush and floss your dental crown regularly, as well as schedule regular dental checkups so your dentist can monitor the functionality of your crown.

Do you have more questions on dental crowns? Our expert team at Willoughby Dental is more than happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Schedule a one-on-one appointment by calling (864) 546-4242 today.