Tooth Crowns in Sarasota
Do have damaged teeth that you’d like to repair? Tooth crowns may be the ideal solution for you.
What Is A Tooth Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped dental cap that a dentist places over a damaged tooth or a dental implant. These dental caps match the color and shape of your existing teeth, so they end up looking exactly like natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that they aren’t your actual teeth.
A tooth cap can be used in many ways. Most commonly, they can be used to cover teeth that are so badly decayed, cracked, broken, or injured that they cannot be saved by a simple filling. Secondly, they can be placed over a dental implant to serve as a replacement tooth. In addition, a cap can also serves as a protective dental cover after a root canal procedure. Crowns can also secure a dental bridge in place, as well as enhance the appearance of poorly-shaped or discolored teeth.
Are Crowns Only Offered by Certain Dentists?
Since crowns are considered to be routine dental procedures, they are typically provided by most dentists. Please call our dental practice right away if you think you may need a tooth crown.
What Kinds of Crowns for Teeth Are Available?
A crown can be custom made-to-order from a lab or simply prefabricated. A prefabricated crown is also referred to as a temporary crown because it is typically used to cover a tooth for a short time until a customized cap is crafted and placed over the tooth.
Why Consider a Ceramic Crown?
This type of cap has a porcelain-based filling and is usually used as a front tooth crown because it tends to blend more naturally with your existing teeth than a traditional gold crown tooth. Yet, it’s important to know the pros and cons of ceramic caps. While they can be very resistant to wear-and-tear, they also require a gentle bite because they are more brittle than other types of crowns. Also, our dentists may need to remove some of your natural tooth structure in order to place this type of crown.
Why Select Porcelain Crowns?
These crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal. A porcelain crown offers many benefits. For instance, their metal structure typically gives them a stronger bond than ceramic crowns, which makes them extremely very strong and durable. And their combination of metal and porcelain offers greater strength and a better seal to prevent recurrent decay and leakage. Yet a disadvantage is that our dentists will need to remove a moderate amount of the your natural tooth structure in order to secure this kind of crown.
What Is Involved in the Dental Crown Procedure?
In most cases, crowns only call for two visits to our practice. If more extra prep work is needed, such as a root canal, more appointments may be required.
The procedure begins with an initial appointment to allow our dentists to examine the damaged tooth and see whether it has the strength to support a crown. If the tooth can support a crown, your dentist will file down the tooth. Then, an impression will be made and sent to a dental lab that will craft the permanent crown. Until this permanent crown is ready, your dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth as protection from decay and further damage. Once your permanent crown is prepared, you will come back to our office so your dentist can fit and adjust your permanent crown for comfort.
What Does a Dental Crown Cost?
The cost of a crown is based on the type selected. Fortunately, at least part of the cost is often covered by dental insurance or a discount dental plan. For more information about costs, please call our office.
Do Crowns Require Special Care?
While these dental caps stay strong and attractive for an average of seven years, they can actually last for more than 30 years with proper care and cleaning. This maintenance entails practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day or more, as well as daily flossing. Just as essential are regular dental exams and cleanings. You can call our office to schedule an appointment to maintain the life of your crown and the health of your teeth.