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Protect Your Smile with Dental Crowns

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Advanced decay, worn enamel due to grinding, a missing tooth, and other dental damage can leave individuals with impaired chewing or speaking abilities.

A custom dental crown can restore your oral function by capping a natural tooth, holding a dental bridge in place, or topping a dental implant.

Learn why so many patients in Madison and Hendersonville, TN, trust their smile to our dentist at Carlin Dental...

Treatment Benefits

Porcelain and zirconia dental crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth while offering many oral health and cosmetic benefits. The customized prosthetics can:

Protect a Weakened Tooth

Following a root canal or the removal of extensive tooth decay, a custom crown can be used to “cap” and protect the remaining natural tooth structure.

Support a Dental Bridge

Many types of traditional dental bridges rely on one or more dental crowns to anchor the prosthetic to your natural teeth.

Replace Missing Teeth

When used in conjunction with a dental implant and abutment, a custom dental crown can replace a single missing tooth.

Implant-Supported Crowns Offer Additional Protection

Patients who undergo implant placement at our dental practice, serving Hendersonville and Madison, can benefit from even more health benefits. Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants replace tooth roots and prevent jawbone atrophy. Our patients also report that implants and implant-retained prosthetics (which can also include bridges and denturesfeel and function just like natural teeth.

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Dr. Bryan Carlin
Dr. Bryan Carlin

At Carlin Dental, we provide the same quality of dentistry to our Hendersonville and Madison patients that we would provide our own family membersDr. Bryan Carlin, an esteemed dentist with decades of experience, offers a broad range of services at our family-oriented practice. Whether you need minor or complex treatment, we can meet your needs.

Our friendly staff can be reached online or by calling:

(615) 431-2723

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How Are Dental Crowns Placed?

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Once you are determined to be a good candidate for a custom crown, Dr. Carlin will apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. Some patients might also choose to undergo sedation.

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In order for a dental crown to be placed over your natural tooth without appearing bulky or impacting your bite, part of the tooth's structure will need to be removed.

Illustration of traditional dental crown

Temporary Restoration

Once the outer portion of your tooth has been modified, an impression will be taken and you will be fitted with a temporary crown. This temporary crown will protect your tooth structure from further damage.

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Permanent Crown

During a second appointment, Dr. Carlin will remove the temporary crown. Then he will check the fit of your permanent custom porcelain crown before placing it using a strong bonding agent.

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Final Adjustments

Lastly, your dentist will make minor adjustments as needed to ensure that the prosthetic does not interfere with your bite and looks completely natural.

Conditions Dental Crowns Can Address

Misshapen Teeth

If you have a disproportionately small tooth or a misshapen tooth, a custom crown can be used to restore symmetry and beauty to your smile. Crowns can also conceal worn enamel.

Root Canal Infection

Following root canal therapy, a custom dental crown can be used to protect the remaining tooth structure. This is an important step to prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

Advanced Decay

Following the removal of dental decay, your tooth may need a dental crown instead of a filling. The restorative treatment can dramatically improve aesthetics in these cases too.

Cosmetic Blemishes

One or more dental crowns can be used to rejuvenate an imperfect smile. Dr. Carlin prefers to use zirconia crowns in these cases for superior aesthetics.

Are You a Candidate?

Most of our patients who seek the restorative or cosmetic benefits of dental crowns at our Hendersonville, TN, dental practice are good candidates for the treatment. Candidates for this dentistry treatment often have advanced decay or a missing tooth. If you are missing consecutive teeth, you may be a better candidate for a dental bridge. To receive a crown, there must be an adequate amount of enamel to support the prosthetic. Otherwise, the tooth may need to be removed. Those who are considering dental implants should also have adequate jawbone density to support the posts. Dr. Carlin will assess your health history, concerns, and goals during your consultation to recommend the best course of action.

Casey D.

Casey D.

I love Dr. Carlin! I went for my second visit today. He did an amazing job! I've had a lot of dental work done in the past and he is by far my favorite! I would recommend him to anybody. The staff is also very friendly and helpful!
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Taylor H.

Taylor H.

Dr. Carlin and his staff are awesome! They were able to run down the information for an implant that I had started over 10 years ago and had to abandon before the crown could be applied. He was the only dentist I had tried that took the time and made the effort to find what he needed to finish the job. I now have a full set of teeth and would recommend him to family and friends without hesitation. Thank you Dr. Carlin!
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Dental Crowns Restore Smiles at Any Age

One question we hear at our Hendersonville, TN, dentist’s office is, “Am I too old for dental crowns?” No matter what your age, young or older, dental crowns are a safe and effective treatment for restoring a weak tooth or brightening a discolored or misshapen tooth for cosmetic reasons.    

If you have any concerns regarding any of our restorative dentistry procedures, rest assured that Dr. Carlin is known for his warm and caring personality. He will be glad to explain any aspect of this dental treatment during your visit. We offer a range of treatment options to meet our patients' varied needs.

Do I Need to Prepare for My Dental Crown Placement?

Patients should be in good oral health before having a porcelain crown placed. Gum disease or decay can still affect the underlying tooth structure, especially the root, of a treated tooth. That is one reason why you will need to address any gum disease at our practice before your procedure while maintaining good oral hygiene habits after your crown placement.    

There is no recovery time required after the temporary crown or permanent crown has been placed, but many patients experience mild side effects, such as heightened temperature sensitivity, in the days following treatment.

When properly maintained, the prosthetic can last several years or longer. In addition to maintaining healthy habits, the long-term success of a crown is highly dependent on the skill of the dentist and Dr. Carlin's crowns are particularly long-lasting.

Understanding Your Treatment Cost

The average cost for this procedure is $1,000 to $1,300. Dental insurance often covers part or all of the procedure if it is performed for restorative purposes. We also accept CareCredit® financing to cover any out-of-pocket costs. 

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Abby M.

I was greeted with such kindness from the entire staff! Dr.Carlin was fantastic. I'd recommend Dr.Carlin and his staff to anyone looking for a dentist. So very pleased with my experience today! View On Google +

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Anna B.

I havr spent way too much time in dental chairs and it gives me a very good perspective on dentists. Dr Carlin and his crew are EXCELLENT. Professional, thorough, gentle and caring only begin the praise.
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Can Dental Crowns Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Dental crowns can be combined by our dentist with other restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments, depending on your oral health needs and personal goals. During your consultation at our Hendersonville, TN, dental practice, Dr. Carlin may discuss the benefits of combining one or more dental crowns with:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding treatments

When two or more treatments are combined, we call the procedure a smile makeover. The results of this custom cosmetic dentistry plan can truly be life-changing. If you require dentures or other restorative procedures, we might recommend a full mouth reconstruction.

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Dr. Bryan Carlin

Carlin Dental is the destination for patients who need state-of-the-art dental care in a family-friendly environment. Dr. Bryan Carlin has been practicing since 1988 and is a member of various prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Nashville Dental Society
  • Summit Institute Study Club 
  • Tennessee Dental Association

To schedule a consultation at our dental office, request an appointment online or call us at (615) 431-2723.

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Dr. Carlin is such a great dentist! I trust his work & have peace of mind knowing I'm in good hands. The rest of his staff is always very kind & make going to the dentist the best experience possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone in need of a good dental home!

-Connie R.
Hendersonville, TN