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Dental Crowns
Carmel, IN

A dental crown is like a cap or cover that can be placed over your tooth. It can restore that tooth to its normal size, color, shape, and function.

A dental crown is like a cap or cover that can be placed over your tooth. It can restore that tooth to its normal size, color, shape, and function.

We will recommend placing a dental crown when your tooth is damaged by cracking, decay, or significant fractures. Crowns can also be used to improve the look of unsightly teeth or protect weak areas on the surface of the teeth. We will always attempt to take all measures to keep your natural teeth.

The conscientious staff at Northside Dental share a common philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We acknowledge the value of your time, comfort, anxiety level, budget, and your lifestyle. We enjoy working together with you in the development and implementation of your personalized dental treatment plan. We also consider ourselves an important part of your team for your overall health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.

We will work diligently for you in developing and implementing your personalized dental treatment plan.

We consider ourselves part of your team in your overall health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment, fill out an online form, or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.   


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What Is A Dental Crown?

When we examine the crowns of your teeth, we are referring to the surface of your tooth that is visible above the gum-line. When this part of the tooth is damaged, a dental crown is a protective covering that sits directly on top of the tooth to help protect the remaining natural tooth structure. Crowns are shaded to match the color of your neighboring teeth and will be custom fabricated in a dental lab using a variety of materials such as metal, resin, porcelain, or ceramic.

Crowns have a Long Life-Expectancy

The lifespan of a dental crown can be based on a variety of different variables. If you take care of your teeth by practicing a good oral hygiene routine your crown could last several decades. This means following the industry standards of brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day and avoiding hard foods that might crack the surface of teeth. The average life expectancy is usually between 5-15 years, but some dental crowns have been known to withstand up to 30 years with proper oral hygiene maintenance.

The Difference between Dental Crowns and Veneers

When you are considering your dental options at Northside Dental, you may be questioning what solution is best for your specific circumstance. If you have compared the option of a dental crown or a veneer, it is important to note that these procedures differ dramatically in placement, purpose, and functionality.

Veneers: Veneers are wafer-thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that cover just the front surface of your teeth to correct their color, size, and shape. They can hide signs of discoloration, or chips and cracks. They serve primarily as a cosmetic option rather than a restorative procedure.

Crowns: If you need a dental crown typically both you and your team at Northside Dental are interested in restoring both the appearance and functionality of your tooth. As opposed to a veneer, a crown will cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gum line, allowing for more effective chewing and biting when eating. The treatment also provides cosmetic benefits, but the primary purpose is focused on the repair of damaged or decayed teeth.

It will always best to discuss these multiple treatment options with Northside Dental to ensure you are comfortable with choosing the correct procedure for your dental concern.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Before we can place your dental crown, X-rays will need to be taken of the tooth or teeth in question to identify and confirm that there is no damage below the gum line. If the root and gums are stable, we will first remove the decayed or damaged area of the tooth before reshaping it to prepare for the fitting of the dental crown.

The next step is making an impression of the tooth to serve as a tool for the dental lab to custom fabricate your dental crown, a process that usually takes about two to three weeks to complete. In the meantime, we might place a temporary crown, typically made from acrylic, to protect the reshaped tooth from further damage.

When your dental crown is completed at the dental lab, we will have you schedule an additional appointment for the removal of the temporary crown and placement of the permanent one. Northside Dental may suggest a local anesthetic, so you are totally comfortable during the procedure. Once the color and shape of the crown are approved, we cement it into place, and you are good to go with your new smile.

Possible Dental Crown Side Effects

Immediately after the placement of your dental crown, you may experience some slight sensitivity in your teeth or gums. This reaction is quite common and can be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever or with a prescription medication if the discomfort is intense. There are also rinses and pastes formulated to ease the discomfort of oral sensitivity we might suggest.

Your Comfort and Your Care

Your preventive dental care is part of the difference with Northside Dental. Our entire staff understands how inconvenient and even difficult it might be to see the dentist.  That is why we all do our best to schedule your appointments when it is most convenient for you. We also focus on working efficiently to ensure your appointment goes both quickly and smoothly. Our office goal is to be considered your family dentist. We always embrace the opportunity to help you and your children maintain your oral health. As you step into our clinic, we will welcome you and make you feel at home. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.   

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