Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth that are usually made out of durable porcelain or zirconia material. They are made to cover up and protect a tooth that has been damaged by decay, a crack, or has received root canal treatment. A crown is built to look and feel just like a real tooth. After the compromised tooth is made smaller in all directions to accommodate the crown, it is cemented over the tooth with permanent dental cement.
Because they cover the entire tooth, dental crowns are ideal for repairing severely-damaged teeth. A crown from Gainesville Dentistry Co. restores both the natural function and appearance of your tooth. Contact us now for an appointment with your dentist in Gainesville and see if a crown is right for you.
Primarily, dental crowns are used for repairing damaged teeth. If you have a very deep cavity, a chipped or cracked tooth, or you’ve gotten root canal therapy, Dr. Feldman may recommend that you get a crown to repair your tooth.
Dental crowns can also sometimes be used for cosmetic purposes when veneers or bonding can not be used due to the condition of the tooth or teeth.
After accepting your treatment plan for a crown, you’ll come into Gainesville Dentistry Co. to have your tooth prepared. Dr. Feldman will trim and remove damaged material from the tooth using our quiet, efficient electric handpieces. Then, we will take impressions of the tooth using our intraoral scanner, which will be used to build your permanent crown.
Our team will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it, then send you home with proper instructions on how to care for the area until your permanent crown is ready. Our partner dental lab will fabricate your new crown based on your adjacent teeth, your bite, and your teeth color (we will use shade guides and photos as needed to communicate this to the lab). It usually takes 3 weeks to build your permanent crown and get it back to our office.
Once your permanent crown arrives at our office, you’ll come back for one more appointment. We will remove your temporary crown, clean the area, then check the fit. We will make any necessary adjustments to the crown before cementing it. We will also take a pre-cementation x-ray to assure a proper fit. You will have ample time to look at your new crown in various lighting as needed before approving it. Finally, we will attach the crown to the tooth permanently using dental cement.
Crowns are usually the best choice for treating damaged teeth. In some cases, you may also need a root canal along with your crown. For example, this is necessary if you have a tooth infection, or a broken tooth that may become infected.
Dr. Feldman is a conservative dentist, which means he will only recommend a crown if it’s truly the best option for your case. You can trust the team at Gainesville Dentistry Co. to provide the expert care you need. Get in touch today to find out if a crown is right for you.