Do you have broken, chipped, or missing teeth?
A dental crown, sometimes called dental caps, are tooth-shaped prosthetic objects placed over the top of an existing tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth or teeth are too decayed, broken, or cracked to be restored with a filling. If you have severe tooth decay or enamel erosion, a crown can be a good solution.
A crown looks exactly like a tooth and usually covers the entire visible tooth surface to add strength and durability. As we age, a tooth can often create small cracks, especially in our back molar areas, which can
weaken the tooth structure. Sharp pain will usually tell you if you have this problem. Though age can be a factor in wearing down or cracking a tooth, chewing patterns, grinding, tooth decay, and root canals are also contributing factors.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. This improves your smiles overall appearance and restores your ability to chew and speak the way you normally do. When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth's original appearance.
Reasons You Might Need A Crown
For some people who have misshapen or severely discolored teeth, a crown is the only way to improve their cosmetic appearance. Often that movie-star smile you see on television that you wish you had is really all replacement crowns/caps (although they can also be veneers). For individuals who have a missing tooth, a dental-implant crown or bridge may be required to correct the problem. In cases where larger fillings in teeth have eventually weakened the tooth structure, we also place a crown on that tooth.
Especially in the case of a broken tooth. Other reasons might include:
• A discolored or misshapen tooth
• Restoring a tooth that has had a root canal
• Severely worn down teeth due to acid erosion or grinding
• Replacing a large filling when a dental crown is a better option
• Extensive decay has weakened a tooth
• To prevent vulnerable teeth from further cracking or breaking
Custom Crowns Create Confident Smiles
A dental crown is a cap that covers the top of a tooth, reinforcing and preserving its structure. This means we can restore a damaged tooth to normal function so that you can eat and chew comfortably again.
At Denture & Dental Services, our on-site denture lab exclusively uses high-quality materials. With proper care, a dental crown can last up to 10 years before it requires replacement.
Your dental crown will also be specially matched to the natural shade of your smile and bite of your teeth so that it blends in for a natural-looking appearance and fit.
In order for a traditional crown to successfully restore your smile, there must be at least one-third of the affected tooth intact. Dr. Masone will need to gently reshape the tooth before placing the dental restoration.
Crowning or Capping A Tooth
Depending on a patient's case, we can provide same-day crowns with our denture lab on-site. Crown procedures require other dental offices at least two offices visits, usually two to three weeks apart. At Denture & Dental Services, we understand that your smile matters, and so does your time. So, we streamlined the crown process. Our office allows patients to arrive early in the morning to make impressions for their crown, prep their tooth during the day, and receive their beautiful, new tooth or teeth by the end of the day! This eliminates the need for additional appointments which allows our already affordable services to fit your schedule and needs. Although the majority of crowns are completed in same-day visits, there is sometimes a need for a second visit to ensure a proper fit.
For patients whose smile restoration requires more extensive work, Dr. Masone will set aside two to three appointments for the entire process. Depending on how advanced these appointments are scheduled and how a patient heals, the smile restoration can usually be completed in a week.
Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings here at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.
For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us today!
Get the quality you deserve at the price you can afford. The experts at Denture and Dental Services in Destin will present you with your options to help you choose the denture that is best suited to your individual needs and lifestyle. We want to make the life-changing, long-lasting benefits of restorative and cosmetic dentistry accessible.
Our team of dedicated professionals will work closely with you to design a treatment that suits your needs, budget, and end goals. Going to the dentist is an investment in time and money, and we want you to be thrilled with your final outcome. We will explain all your options and their advantages and drawbacks. At Denture & Dental Services, we will work hard to deliver a result that goes above and beyond your expectations!
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