Crowns in Indianapolis, IN
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If your smile is in need of a makeover, crowns can provide predictable results. Crowns can give an unattractive tooth back its beautiful shape and color. For smaller or worn-down teeth, a crown can restore the natural size of the old tooth. A crown can replace either part of or the tooth's entire structure. For procedures requiring only the areas visible from the outside, a veneer may be an alternative option.
A crown is sometimes termed a "cap" or "jacket." A crown will restore a large filling or a cracked tooth to its original size, shape, and tooth color. A crown may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture. A crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improves the appearance of your teeth. With the advances in technology, we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with no metal.
To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1 – 2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a piece of thread or cord or use a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, to take an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. These crowns are usually made of plastic in your dentist's office on the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out and the tooth can decay. At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, glaze, or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.
Types of Crowns
The doctors at Ball Dentistry will explain your crown options and answer your questions. There are three basic types of crowns:
- Porcelain outer surface with a metal base crown.
- Pure porcelain or composite crown.
- All metal crown, which is usually gold. They all differ in durability, strength, appearance, and cost. Select a crown below to learn more about it.
We Offer Same-Day Dentistry
Our office is unique and we are happy to provide our patients with single-visit dentistry because of our amazing E4D machine. Usually crowns, inlays, and onlays require us to take a dental impression of your teeth and send it to a lab to have your final restoration custom-fabricated by highly skilled technicians. The E4D machine allows the entire process to be done in-house and without us having to take a messy impression. Using E4D, we will scan your mouth, design a restoration on a computer, and finally, have our in-house milling machine fabricate the restoration right in front of you.
If you would like to learn more about our same-day dentistry procedures, call us anytime at or request an appointment to come in and experience the benefits of receiving a dental restoration in one day.
I’ve been with Dr. Ball’s practice my entire adult life (over 40 years). During that time I’ve had many different services performed, including cleanings, cavities filled, whitenings, crowns, and an extraction and tooth implant. I will never, ever, go anywhere else for dental care in Indianapolis/Carmel because they are excellent at what they do and I trust every single one of their staff and health professionals. I’ve been in the entertainment business and on stage quite a bit, which means I not only want a healthy mouth but also desire things to look good cosmetically, too.I feel the staff gives me the same advice they would give a member of their own family. I guess I really feel like they are part of my family, and every time I walk in they make me feel special and cared for. Their prices are reasonable and competitive. I never feel like they did something that wasn’t necessary and beneficial to my overall health and appearance.Over the years they’ve moved several times and added many new pieces of medical equipment to make the whole process easier. I’m a big baby when it comes to pain and they are careful to keep me comfortable throughout whatever procedures they need to do. If my experience helps influence you to try them out you won’t regret it. Tell them "Bernie sent me" and they’ll treat you right.
Ball Dentistry has been or provider for several years and always take good care of us. I had a crown started today and it went fast and very well!
Dr Canal and team did a great job with my crown. Would highly recommend this awesome practice.
Ball dentistry is the best group of dentists that I 've experienced in my life. That's considering quality of work, cost of services, compassion for patients, scheduling of services offered. Simply stated, they are quality people.
Nice office, friendly staff, laughing gas option. Had availability to schedule me in the next day and do all procedures at once instead of two separate visits. Much better experience overall than my previous dentist’s office. I’ll be returning!