Crowns Specialist

South Indy Dental

William Johnson, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic & Sedation Dentist located in INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Do you get nervous every time you bite into an apple? Even one chipped or cracked tooth puts you at risk of further dental damage, but a dental crown can help you avoid an emergency trip to the dentist. Experienced general dentist William Johnson, DDS, and his expert team at South Indy Dental in Indianapolis offer crowns for cosmetic and restorative purposes, so your smile can be just as healthy as it is beautiful. Call South Indy Dental or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that improves the appearance of your natural tooth and protects it from damage. These restorations can be made from a number of different materials, including:

Metal alloys

Metal crowns are extremely durable but not as aesthetically pleasing as alternative materials. They are typically recommended to protect teeth in the back of the mouth.

All-ceramic or porcelain

Porcelain and ceramic crowns can perfectly match the natural shade of your teeth. While natural looking, they are not as durable as metal crowns, so they are typically placed in the front of the mouth.

Lithium disilicate

IPS e.max® crowns are made out of a ceramic material called lithium disilicate that is both stronger than all-ceramic crowns and more aesthetically pleasing.

Zirconia

The South Indy Dental team offers highly durable and natural looking BruxZir® zirconia crowns. BruxZir crowns are hyper-realistic and are designed to have the same translucency and color of your natural teeth.

Why would I need a dental crown?

Dental crowns can change the shape, color, length, and size of your teeth. You may need one if you have:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • Teeth worn down from years of grinding
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Severe tooth discoloration that teeth whitening can’t improve
  • A broken tooth
  • An extremely weak tooth
  • A large filling
  • A dental implant

Even a single missing tooth can cause your teeth to shift and change your bite. This puts you at risk of dental problems like tooth decay, jaw pain, and tooth pain. If you have missing teeth, early intervention is crucial to protect the health of your smile.

What can I expect from the dental crown process?

Once you decide which type of dental crown you want, Dr. Johnson prepares your tooth by filing it down to make room for your new restoration. Then he takes impressions of your mouth to serve as an accurate model for the crown. These models are sent off to an outside lab, and the fabrication process takes about two weeks.

While you wait for your new crown, Dr. Johnson fits you for a temporary restoration. It’s important to avoid hard candies and chewy foods during this time to protect your teeth. When you return, Dr. Johnson replaces the temporary crown with your permanent restoration. After making any necessary alterations, he cements the crown in place so it looks, feels, and functions like the rest of your teeth.

To find out if a dental crown is right for you, call South Indy Dental or book an appointment online.