If you chip, crack, or otherwise damage a permanent tooth, your dentist might recommend a crown to prevent further problems. Dental crowns are oral prosthetics designed to support and strengthen decaying or weak teeth. John Sarris, DMD, Thomas Copulos, DDS, and the team at Dental Designs of Plantation in Plantation, Florida, regularly use crowns to preserve their patients’ teeth effectively and affordably. If you suspect you might need a crown, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or covering designed to protect a decaying, cracked, or severely damaged tooth. Once placed, a crown covers the entire portion of your tooth that sits above the gumline. In addition to improving a tooth’s aesthetic appearance, crowns provide added strength, making chewing and biting easier.
Dental crowns are incredibly versatile and can address a variety of oral problems. Your Dental Designs of Plantation provider might recommend a crown to:
You might also benefit from a dental crown if you have a misshapen or severely discolored tooth.
Receiving a dental crown usually takes two visits to the dentist. Your first appointment involves your provider examining and preparing the tooth, and the second appointment involves your dentist placing the permanent crown.
At your first appointment, your dentist performs an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to check your tooth roots and jawbone. If everything looks healthy, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the crown. To do this, they carefully remove enamel from the chewing surface and sides of your tooth. Lastly, they use putty to take impressions of your tooth. Your dentist takes your impressions and manufactures your permanent crown in-house.
After milling your crown on-site, your dentist lines your crown up with your tooth and carefully bonds it in place using dental cement.
You care for your dental crown just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. The team at Dental Designs of Plantation recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the office for a professional cleaning and exam every six months.
If possible, you should also avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or biting your fingernails, as they significantly increase your risk of breaking or chipping your crown.
Do you have a cracked or decaying tooth that’s causing you pain? Request your dental crown consultation at Dental Designs of Plantation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.