Porcelain dental crowns to restore smiles!

Dental crowns are a standard restoration used by Dr. Naveen Chennupati of Best Smiles in Richmond, Virginia. Learn more about them below!

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are porcelain “caps” that a dentist will place over a broken or compromised tooth that needs an extra layer of protection and improved strength to function correctly.

Do dental crowns hurt?

The placement of dental crowns requires the dentist to remove some of the natural tooth enamel before bonding the restoration. However, this is done under proper anesthetics and sedation so that patients are comfortable from start to finish!

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, many patients of Best Smiles will find that their dental crowns will last many years before they need to be replaced. Patients should also be mindful of biting on hard objects and also speak to Dr. Naveen Chennupati if they have been diagnosed with conditions such as bruxism. Bruxism causes clenching and grinding of the teeth that can wear down natural teeth and break dental restorations. That should be avoided not only for the smile’s health but also to extend the longevity of dental crowns for patients.

How long does it take to place a dental crown?

The entire process can take a few weeks from start to finish. That is because there are several steps needed to place a dental crown. First, patients will consult with their dentist to determine if they need a dental crown. Second, the tooth is prepared with the removal of natural enamel from around the tooth. Third, impressions are made of the prepared tooth and sent off to a dental laboratory for creation. A temporary restoration is put in place until the new one comes in, during which the temporal crown is removed, and the final crown is bonded over the natural tooth structure.

How do I learn more about dental crowns?

If you reside in Henrico or Richmond, VA, and want to speak to a professional about dental crowns, call Dr. Naveen Chennupati of Best Smiles. His team is committed to ensuring patients have access to this and other restorative solutions for the smile to ensure overall dental health and wellness—as well as an attractive smile!