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A crown is a prosthetic covering that fully covers a damaged tooth, extending all the way down the sides to the gum line. Crowns are quite durable, and with proper care, can last decades. The advanced materials and exact fit of today’s crowns ensure your crowned tooth will look like a natural, healthy tooth. And, it will have the strength of one, too.
Crowns are used to:
After planning your procedure and helping you select the right type of restoration, our dentist will likely place your crown in two appointments. At your first treatment appointment, your tooth will be prepared by removing any decayed or damaged enamel. This process will also create room for the crown so that it will lie flat against your prepared tooth and maintain the natural force of your bite. After reshaping your tooth, impressions will be made of your mouth and you will receive a well-fitting temporary crown so you can smile and eat with ease while waiting for our dental lab to fabricate your custom crown. At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed and your lab-fabricated crown cemented in place. Your dentist will make sure the crown fits comfortably in your bite and that you are happy with the appearance of your restored tooth.
Crowns can be made using a variety of high-quality materials, and your Smile Design dentist will explain the options and guide you in making an appropriate decision. Considerations that go into designing a crown are its shape for best appearance and occlusion, and in the case of tooth-colored porcelain crowns, the translucency, reflectivity, and color of the crown to match your natural teeth.
For natural aesthetics, tooth-colored crowns are recommended for teeth that show when you smile, talk and laugh. Tooth-colored crowns can be made of:
Zirconia is slightly translucent, so when it is used for the core of a crown with an overlay of porcelain, there is more lifelike sparkle than when the core of a crown is metal. Porcelain-fused-on-zirconia crowns are a popular choice for longevity plus aesthetics. Both porcelain and zirconia are available in a wide range of natural colors.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A bridge can be used to:
There are additional benefits of the implant option.
Your Smile Design dentist will discuss the best options for your oral health circumstances with you and help you in making the decision that is most appropriate for you.
Family-owned and operated, Smile Design provides personalized attention for each of our patients throughout the state of Florida. We believe in building a strong, trusting relationship with our patients and we’ll take the time to get to know you, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have about your dental hygiene, oral health problems, the treatments our doctors recommend, and your smile appearance.Find a Location