When a single tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are made custom to cover the needed tooth and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA, a crown can treat a large cavity, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask a discoloration. General dentist Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. creates crowns with choice materials to meet your needs, including metal, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. Make an appointment with Dr. Toms to find out how a dental crown may repair or strengthen your damaged tooth.
"Had a very fast, and great experience in Dr. Toms office. Everyone was friendly, and very helpful."- T.R. / Facebook / Mar 24, 2020
"I have extreme anxiety and fear about the dentist. I had a lower molar that had been troubling me for years but no dentist could ever get it to numb enough to fix it due to my resistance to local anesthetics. Dr. Toms used sedation dentistry techniques to correct the issues with my tooth and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had with a dentist. I highly recommend his practice especially if you deal with anxiety over dentistry work. He and his staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was there only concern. The procedure was painless (although I must admit I dont think I was even awake for most of it) and just a few hours later I can acually chew again with a tooth I haven't been able to use for years. Thank you Dr. Toms!"- J.G. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Been seeing Dr. Tom's for about 10 years now, have had extensive work done. I am very happy with him and his staff always professional and courteous."- K.L. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
Dental crowns may be wanted or needed in several different ways. They may be placed to cover a tooth weakened by decay to prevent it from chipping or it may hold parts of a tooth together that have already cracked. Dental crowns may also be used to fix a tooth that is loose or extremely worn down. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or cover discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The material of the crown is usually selected with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal and traditional metal crowns are both generally stronger, which makes them better suited for the back teeth that are less visible. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are typically used on the visible teeth and matched to the size, shape, and color of your teeth. During your consult, Dr. Toms will go over your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs and budget.
What To Expect
During your consult, Dr. Toms will get dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Other sedation techniques may be used to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any fears or anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Toms will prep your tooth by cleaning away any areas of decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Toms can adjust the fit so it is comfortable.
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is done to continue your daily activities. Dr. Toms or a member of his team will go over how to care for your new crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning. During your exams at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D., Dr. Toms will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. He will let you know when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you experience any problems with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office for help. Do not try to repair it or re-attach it because this may cause an infection or badly fitted crown.
Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, Dr. Toms will help you determine the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. He can also go over payment methods along with financing to help make your balance more affordable.
Wear Your Crown
A damaged or missing tooth may be easily treated with a custom dental crown at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. Talk to Dr. Toms about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and keep your whole mouth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a custom-made crown can be matched to blend with your teeth so your smile remains beautiful. Contact our team in Gainesville, GA to make an appointment with Dr. Toms.