Custom Crowns to Restore Damaged Teeth
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to repair a broken-down or damaged tooth, or a tooth that has undergone a procedure such as a root canal.
Dr. Hancock has designed and placed thousands of porcelain crowns during his years in practice. He customizes each crown to precisely match the shade, shape and translucency with the patient’s natural teeth.
Dr. Hancock pays special attention to the functional relationship of the teeth when he creates your crowns, making sure your mouth feels comfortable and your bite is correct. It’s this attention to detail that helps ensure you have not only a beautiful smile, but a healthy, functional smile as well.
Dr. Hancock works closely with a professional lab that creates beautiful custom crowns. He chooses to have his crowns fabricated with a high-quality porcelain material called e.max.
e.max resembles the beauty and appearance of natural teeth. The material is also extremely durable, providing the strength needed to bite and chew.
When Porcelain Crowns are used
Dr. Hancock may recommend a crown for many reasons:
- A worn down tooth or a tooth severely damaged by decay
- Badly stained or discolored teeth. Another option is porcelain veneers
- To cover a poorly shaped tooth
- After root canal therapy (a crown is often needed afterwards to strengthen the treated tooth)
- You have chips or cracks. These can also be covered by porcelain veneers
- A crown in conjunction with a dental implant replaces a missing tooth.
Onlays & Inlays
In some cases a patient may not need a full crown to repair a tooth. Inlays and onlays are an alternative that can be used.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays are restorations that are placed between the cusps (ridges) of the teeth, and onlays can extend over the cusps. Both options are more durable solutions to large fillings, yet lack the strength of a full crown. Dr. Hancock can determine which type of restoration is right for you. Dr. Hancock uses e.max and a resin bonding or cement for onlays and inlays.
To make an appointment, call (615) 383-0132 or click here to request an appointment online.
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