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FAQs on Dental Crowns Marietta, GA

FAQs on Dental Crowns

If you have a tooth that is severely decayed, weakened or broken, a dental crown may be recommended. Before you undergo any type of dental procedure, it is important that you understand what to expect. Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding dental crowns:

What is a crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that covers, or “caps,” the entire visible tooth above the gum line. It is designed to restore and strengthen a tooth to its original shape, size and integrity. In many cases, a crown will improve the appearance of a tooth as well, as it can instantly cover badly shaped or discolored teeth. If a tooth is too damaged to support a large filling or dental bridge, a crown will be recommended.
How long will it take to get my crown?
Our office proudly uses advanced CEREC® CAD/CAM technology, which means we can restore the natural strength and beauty of your tooth in a single office visit. First, we will take a picture of your tooth and then convert it to a 3-D virtual model. This virtual model is then used to create a custom crown that can be immediately placed on your tooth. Thanks to our CEREC® technology, all these steps can be completed in the same appointment.
Will it look natural?
Absolutely! The primary goal is to create a crown that restores the form and function of your tooth, but also one that mimics the appearance of your natural teeth. Today’s dental technology combined with a talented cosmetic dentist can provide a dental crown that looks natural in color, shape, bite and length.
What is the difference between a crown and veneer?
Crowns require more tooth structure removal and cover more tooth area than a veneer. Crowns are the treatment of choice for teeth that have lost healthy structure, either due to decay, disease or injury. Veneers, on the other hand, are considered more cosmetic in nature. They are only bonded to the front surface of the teeth, as opposed to “capping” the entire visible portion of the tooth like a dental crown does. Unlike veneers, crowns may be used as a dental implant restorations for patients with missing teeth.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns should last about five to eight years. However, with diligent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your crown can last much longer. Habits such as teeth grinding, chomping ice or nail biting may reduce the longevity of your crown.
How should I take care of my crown?
Your dental crown is meant to withstand normal biting and chewing pressures. Therefore, it can fracture or loosen if not properly cared for. Besides visiting your dentist and brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is a key step to maintain a healthy crown. Plaque between the crown and the gum line can cause dental decay and gum disease if not cleaned effectively.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we want our patients to be well-informed and comfortable with their treatment plan. If you need a crown and have further questions, we are always happy to answer them.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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