Have you recently cracked a tooth while enjoying your favorite meal? Easily restore your smile with a durable and long-lasting dental crown, made from the best materials at Westside Dental Center. This type of restoration, also known as a cap, can be customized to fit over a tooth that has been damaged by cracks, chips, decay, and stains or discoloration.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental caps and crowns provide both cosmetic and functional benefits to a refurbished smile and the surest solution to mimicking natural teeth. This type of restoration can strengthen a badly weakened tooth that is unable to be repaired with a dental filling, inlay, or onlay, or it can simply cover a severely stained tooth that has not responded well to teeth whitening. For patients with a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental crowns can also be combined together with a pontic (artificial tooth) to create a dental bridge, or work in conjunction with a dental implant to permanently replace an entire tooth.
Porcelain vs. Metal
Dental crowns can be made with a variety of materials, such as porcelain, lithium disilicate glass-ceramic, zirconia, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all metal. At Westside Dental Center, we prefer to use the most durable, yet natural-looking materials to create your customized crown. This generally consists of crowns made from a single block of porcelain, designed to match the shape and size of your natural tooth, while also simultaneously restoring its structural integrity.
Metal crowns are more durable and more affordable than porcelain and require less preparation of the natural tooth. However, metal crowns are gold in appearance, making them a less aesthetically pleasing choice for patients interested in restoring their smile.
Why Do I Need a Crown?
Dental crowns are beneficial for patients who have teeth that are:
- Cracked or broken
- Chipped or worn from teeth grinding
- Stained or discolored
- Misshaped or unbalanced
- Severely decayed
- Undergoing root canal therapy
- Being replaced with a dental implant
How Long Do Crowns Last?
If properly cared for, dental crowns can last you for at least 10 to 15 years. To help maintain the longevity of your crown, follow these basic care tips:
- Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste
- Floss daily with proper techniques
- Visit Dr. Dham for routine cleanings and exams every six months
- Avoid sticky and hard foods
- Avoid chewing on ice
- Avoid grinding your teeth and biting your nails
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Avoid drinking alcohol heavily and using alcohol-based mouthwashes
- Minimize your intake of acidic, starchy, and sugary foods
- Avoid smoking
What Problems Can Occur with a Crown?
Although risk factors are low, especially when a trustworthy dentist such as Dr. Dham places your crown, they can include:
- TMJ disorder
- Nerve damage
- Crown breakage
- Dental sensitivity
- Tooth decay or gum disease
What Is the Dental Crown Procedure Like?
Before dental crown placement, Dr. Dham will thoroughly clean your teeth and address any tooth decay or gum disease. Once your teeth and gums are healthy, she will administer root canal therapy or reshape the tooth requiring a dental crown so it can act as an abutment (connector). For missing teeth requiring a dental implant, you will first undergo dental implant surgery.
Once the tooth is adequately prepared, impressions will be made and sent to our state-of-the-art dental lab where technicians will customize your crown from the best materials available. Dr. Dham will place a temporary restoration over your tooth while the crown is being designed. At your follow-up appointment, she will remove the temporary crown and check the fit of your customized crown before cementing it into place.
How Many Visits Will It Take?
In most cases, dental crown placement can be completed in two appointments. The first appointment will consist of tooth preparation and a temporary crown. In about two weeks, once the crown is ready, Dr. Dham will permanently attach your dental crown.
What Is the Cost?
At Westside Dental Center, your care is our highest priority. We are proud to offer our patients the latest dental technology in a warm and comfortable environment and will do our best to fit dental care costs within your budget. The cost of dental crowns will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of materials used, prerequisite treatments required, and if you are combining your crown with dental implants. In most cases, insurance will cover at least part of the cost. Dr. Dham will review the individual costs during your consultation.
To learn more about dental crowns, contact our Plantation, FL, practice today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dham.