Durable Dental Crowns
in Beaufort, SC

Dental crowns are custom, tooth-colored caps that are placed over weak and damaged teeth to protect and restore them. They are also used to restore the appearance of teeth that have become discolored or misshapen and need a complete makeover. Our team at Beaufort Center for Dentistry would be glad to take a look at your smile to see if one or more dental crown treatments could be used to repair your smile. Contact our office today!

illustration of a dental crown

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years. The best way for patients to ensure that their dental restorations last for as long as possible is by practicing good oral hygiene at home and attending routine dental appointments. While there are no food restrictions that come with dental crowns, we recommend that you avoid using your crown and your natural teeth to chew things like ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels, and you should never use your teeth to open packages.

Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

Before any modifications are made to the tooth or teeth that are receiving crowns, a local anesthetic is always administered into the gums to completely numb the mouth. You may feel some pressure as your tooth is being reshaped and your crown is being placed, but it should not be painful. You should feel very little to no discomfort after the numbness wears off either, but it’s never a bad idea to keep some over-the-counter pain medication on hand just in case.

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How long does a dental crown procedure take?

Patients should plan for their first dental crown appointment to take around an hour, although these visits often end up being less than one hour. How long it will take to prepare a tooth for a dental crown really depends on the tooth in question and the modifications it needs. The second appointment should only take about half an hour, during which the temporary crown and any leftover adhesive is removed, the new crown is placed, and adjustments are made, if necessary. Our team can give you a more specific estimate during your consultation.