Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Rating: 5 Dr. David Lamothe Reviewed by Edward L ."My first visit to Smyrna Dental & Headache Center was shortly after it opened in 2008. My Dad, who was 90 years old at that time, had a dental issue. We just walked in, no appt."
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Are dental crowns the best solution for Smyrna area patients?
Dr. David Lamothe of Smyrna Dental and Implant Center encourages patients to visit him regularly for their twice yearly examination and cleaning. However, there are times when patients may need to visit his practice for specific services such as the placement of dental crowns.
Dental crowns are common in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. They are often the best solution for patients who need an extra layer of protection for their natural teeth. This is commonly done when patients have had a large cavity or for those who have undergone root canal therapy. This can weaken the tooth and cause it to become brittle. When chewing and biting forces are applied, it can cause the tooth to crack. Situations such as this warrant the placement of dental crowns to keep the natural teeth intact and protect them.
Another situation in which a dental crown may be necessary is when patients have a dental implant placed. Dental implants can be placed into the bone of the jaw to replace a single missing tooth. To function and appear as a natural tooth, the implant is covered with a dental crown.
Additionally, dental crowns may be bonded to both sides of a false tooth called a pontic to fabricate a dental bridge. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and include two crowns and one or more pontics. The adjacent teeth are prepared for the placement of the bridge with removal of some of the tooth enamel for a precise fit. Dental bridges are alternatives to dental implants and dentures.
When determining if a dental crown is necessary, Dr. David Lamothe will start with an evaluation of the smile. X-rays may be done to ensure the health of the smile and check for any areas of decay that may be problematic. Patients will discuss with their dentist the concerns they have in regards to their teeth and smile.
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