Do you have a noticeable cavity in one tooth that you haven’t gotten around to getting filled? What about a severely chipped tooth that you’re incredibly self-conscious about? Or a seriously stained or discolored tooth that mars your otherwise beautiful smile? In all of these cases, you might benefit from a dental crown in Sarasota. This customized restorative treatment can be used to correct multiple problems with your teeth. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns and whether they’re right for you.
Dental crowns are restorations that are sometimes also called “caps” because they are designed to fit snugly over the whole visible portion of a tooth. They are designed to restore a tooth’s size, shape, and function back to what it once was. Crowns can be made of many different materials, like gold, zirconia, ceramic, but here at Tindal Prosthodontics, we use dental porcelain because of its uncanny ability to mimic tooth enamel. Since we’ll take care to precisely match the color of your crown with the enamel of your surrounding teeth, no one should know that it’s not your “real” tooth.
Generally, when teeth are badly damaged, your only options are to either repair them or to get them extracted. Because missing teeth can put you at a greater risk for multiple oral health problems, we typically suggest repairing the tooth whenever possible. In addition to saving your tooth from needing an extraction, dental crowns offer the following benefits:
Dental crowns are excellent for treating all of these situations:
To begin the process, we numb the treatment area with local anesthetic. Then, we reduce the tooth in size by removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth’s surface. Next, we take an impression of your prepped tooth and send that off to a dental lab, where your restoration will be created to our exact specifications by a team of skilled ceramists. In the meantime, we’ll affix you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth. A few weeks later, when your crown is ready, we’ll replace your temporary with your permanent one, and voila! Your tooth is good as new!
While the average crown lasts anywhere from 10-15 years, they have the potential to last even longer than that if you take proper care of them. That involves:
Are you ready to make your damaged teeth look like new again? Dental crowns may be just the thing your smile needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!