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Hammond Dental is a General Dental practice that also offers specialist dental care. Some of the general dental procedures we offer include teeth cleanings, fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Our specialized procedures include but are not limited to, root canals, tooth extractions, clear smile aligners, and dental implants. Located in Sandy Springs, GA, we gladly give metro-Atlanta remarkable dental care and while utilizing the most modern dental technology and practices. Bring the whole family and receive quality dental care all under one roof!

We like to ensure that you’re the most educated about your teeth and procedures prior to settling on treatment options. You can find out about our dental strategies and how they are performed by reading about some of our services. Book your appointment and talk to one of our experienced dentists today.

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What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” are tooth-shaped inlays that restore the shape, size, and strength of the natural tooth. The name, “crown,” refers to the visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are designed to cover the entire visible portion of a restored tooth all the way down to the gum line. They can be used to resolve a number of dental issues, and are commonly used for both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures.

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When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Dental crown treatments are used when a patient has severe tooth decay that must be removed. After removing the decayed portion of a tooth it is no longer structurally sound and a crown must be used to restore it. In preparation for this procedure, much of the natural tooth must be cut down so a crown can be placed over it. It can also be a procedure done as part of a larger operation such as a full-mouth restoration, root canal, bridge, or dental implant.

Dental crowns are also useful for protecting weak teeth,  to restore a broken tooth or one that is very worn down. They are also useful for holding dental bridges in place​, and for covering a ​dental implant​. In some cases, they can even be used for cosmetic purposes.

What Types of Dental Crowns are There?

Dental crowns can be constructed from a number of materials. The most common is porcelain due to its resemblance to natural tooth color, but the components are chosen on a case-by-case basis, according to the patient’s specific needs.


Stainless Steel Crowns

These prefabricated crowns are usually used on permanent teeth as a temporary crown. This protects the tooth while a permanent crown is being made. It covers the entire tooth and provides protection from decay. Stainless steel crowns are also often used in children to cover prepared baby teeth until the permanent teeth come in.


Various Metal Crowns

Some of the metals used to make dental crowns include gold alloy and palladium alloy. Base metal alloys such as nickel and chromium are also used. When this type of dental crown is used, less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. These kinds of crowns stand up well to biting and chewing and do not wear down easily over time. They also are resistant to breaking, fractures, and chipping so there is no need to worry when chewing on harder to eat foods.   The main drawback for most people is the noticeable color of the crown, but they are a good option for molars that can’t readily be seen because they are located at the back of the mouth.


Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

This type of dental crown can be matched in color to the rest of your teeth, however, this type is more susceptible to chips and breaks. These are a good choice for front teeth because of porcelains’ ability to match the natural color of your other teeth.


Resin Crowns

This type of dental crown is a less expensive option than others. They do wear down over time and are more likely to fracture. These are not typically used as a long term permanent fix because of their tendency to break and wear down. Patients should also use caution when eating harder to chew foods.


All-Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns

These give you a better color match to your teeth and are the choice for those with metal allergies. Typically these kinds of crowns are used to restore front-facing visible teeth because of their ability to be matched to your natural tooth color. Porcelain Crowns are also good for patients who have reduced space inside of their mouths.




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Preparing the Tooth for a Dental Crown

Two office visits are usually required to get a dental crown. The initial visit involves examining and preparing the tooth for a crown. The second visit involves the placement of the dental crown.

On the first visit, X-rays are done to examine the roots and the bone surrounding the tooth. If there is a significant amount of decay, or if there is any risk of infection, a ​root canal may need to be done first.​This is a dental procedure in which a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected is repaired. The Doctor will begin this procedure by applying local anesthetic to the area to manage any pain that may occur due to infection. The decay and infected portions are removed to reveal the pulp chamber of the tooth, which is then cleaned out of all infected pulp and cleaned. The emptied regions of the tooth are then filled with filler and cement to protect the tooth roots from saliva and bacteria.

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Crowns Look and Feel Like your Teeth

Once the tooth is free of infection, your Doctor will reshape the tooth, and then a paste or a putty-type substance is used to make an impression of the tooth receiving the crown. This impression is sent to a dental lab that will make the dental crown. A temporary crown will be affixed your tooth while the permanent crown is made, which usually takes around 2-3 weeks.

After the temporary crown is placed a shade is chosen that closely matches the patient’s other teeth. On the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be checked for a color match and fit. If it is acceptable, your dentist will cement it in place.

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Other Uses for Dental Crowns

There are other types of solutions that dental crowns can offer, other than simply covering the restoration of a decayed tooth. Crowns can also be used in dental bridges, which are used to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, the adjacent teeth are prepared in a similar way for regular crowns to hold the pontic (the replacement tooth) in place. Crowns are also used to cover up implants; implants are an alternative method to replacing a missing tooth, but in this procedure a metal device is implanted into the jaw for a stronger and more permanent solution. Visit our page for ​Dental Implants ​and ​Dental Bridges ​to learn more.

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How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?


Getting a dental crown is often a procedure that requires many steps involved in completing the restoration. Because of this, the pricing can vary. Below is a list of all possible procedures included in crown restorations. These prices are the out of pocket costs for each procedure and do not reflect any coverage by insurance. Insurance will often cover these procedures, but the amount covered is dependent on your plan and provider.


Procedure Price
Root Canal – Anterior $756
Root Canal – Bicuspid $875
Root Canal – Molar $1,153
Core Build-Up $227
Crown $1,075 

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

In general, dental crowns will last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. The lifespan of any crown depends a great deal on the amount of wear and tear it is put through. It also depends on ​good oral hygiene practices​. Sometimes if the restoration of the tooth is exposed, the work will either need to be redone or the tooth will need to be extracted. Depending on the type of crown, they can also be susceptible to chips and breakages.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

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Caring for Your Temporary Crown

Temporary dental crowns are meant only to serve your needs while a permanent crown is being made for you. Although we make the temporary crown to resemble the final crown, it may not look exactly like the permanent one. It is not unusual to have some temperature sensitivity while the temporary crown is in place. This will, in most cases, be relieved by the replacement of the temporary crown with the permanent crown. Taking over the counter pain relievers as directed such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen should handle any post treatment discomfort. It may be a good idea to take one of these immediately after the appointment before any discomfort is experienced.

After the procedure, the temporary cement requires about 30 minutes to set, so it is important not to chew during that period of time. Once set, patients should be able to use the temporary crown normally when eating, but sticky foods should be avoided because they will stick to the temporary crown and possibly move it out of place.


Temporary Crowns Are Not Meant To Last Forever

Temporary crowns are not strong; they may occasionally become loose, break or even come off. Though this is not a dental emergency, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace or re-cement the temporary crown if it does happen to come out of place. If this happens at night or on the weekend, replace the temporary crown on your tooth after filling the crown with toothpaste, Vaseline, or Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us to properly cement it. It is important that the temporary crown remains on the tooth to protect the underlying tooth structure. Without the temporary crown, your teeth may move and then the permanent crown may not fit properly.

It is important to clean around the temporary crown as you would any other tooth, but not to brush or floss too vigorously around it. It is essential to keep the area around the crown clean and healthy, as well as keeping it from bleeding.

It is imperative that patients return to our office at their appointment to receive the permanent crown. Failure to do so may result in the need to re-prepare the tooth and re-make the crown at the patient’s cost. If patients have any unusual developments with their temporary crown, please ​contact our office​.



Caring for your Permanent Crown

Once permanent dental crowns are placed, patients should be aware of a few things to best care for the new crown. It is important to not chew on hard food with the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented; to attain optimum strength, the cement must cure for approximately 24 hours.

Sensitivity is common after a permanent crown is placed, especially to hot or cold foods. This sensitivity will disappear gradually after a few weeks. Sometimes, sensitivity can last longer than six weeks. Please notify us if this occurs as this may indicate some irregularity with your crown.

To provide maximum longevity for restorations and to prevent future dental decay and supporting tissues breakdown, our Doctors may recommend the following preventative procedures:

• Brush and floss your teeth after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a fluoride rinse, and swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds daily.
• Use fluoride toothpaste if prescribed by our office.
• Use a WaterPik or a mechanical toothbrush as advised by us.

The most significant reason for prosthesis failure is inadequate return for examination. Visit us at regular examination periods determined by your Doctor. Often times, problems that are developing around the crowns can be found at an early stage and corrected easily, but waiting for a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration. Call us immediately if any one of these conditions occur:

• A feeling of movement or looseness in the crown.
• Sensitivity to sweet foods.
• A peculiar taste from the restoration site.
• Breakage of a piece of material from the restoration.
• Sensitivity to pressure.

For more information about caring for your permanent crown, please refer to our Dental Crowns post operation page.


Taking the First Step to a Healthier Set of Teeth

Hammond Dental has applied dental crowns of all types, shapes, and sizes. Dr. Norris works with her team of experienced and professional dental lab technicians to give you all of the information you need to make the right decision for you and your smile. She will sit down with you and explain everything you need to know, and discuss costs and possible complications with you.

Your new smile will have you looking and feeling better about yourself, and your friends and family will notice the difference immediately. Any pain you previously had when eating will be gone. You will no longer be afraid to smile in public.

If you want to learn more about dental crowns, or any of our other dental restorative procedures, Click Here to ​Contact Us​ for your Dentistry needs.




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