Dental Crowns in St. Petersburg, FL
It’s safe to say that no matter how well you care for your teeth, most of us at some point may need to have a tooth repaired.
At Modern Day Smiles in St Petersburg, both our experts Dr. Remal Patel and Dr. Kinjal Patel believe in being conservative with regards to treatment. However, if for whatever reason a tooth becomes fractured, damaged or injured beyond what a filling can repair, they may recommend a dental crown or dental bridge be used to restore your smile back to full glory.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is designed to fit over your tooth like a “cap,” a crown replaces your whole tooth structure with a new porcelain tooth. Your new tooth is custom designed to match your existing teeth and will function just like your natural tooth, while protecting your natural root structure. A crown will allow you to eat, chew, floss, and brush just as you always did, high-quality porcelain is a very reliable, durable replacement for your tooth.
A tooth that has sustained excessive wear, a root canal, an injury or a severe fracture may be a good candidate for a porcelain crown. The process typically takes a couple of appointments and two to four weeks to complete from start to finish. You will wear a temporary crown while a dental laboratory fabricates your crown based on Dr. Patel or Dr. Kinjal’s direction. Once your crown is complete, you’ll have full beauty restored to your smile and no one will ever even notice your dental work.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Crown?
When making the decision on whether a dental crown (or dental bridge) is right for you, it’s important you become familiar with the benefits of getting one and how it will aid you moving forward.
Clearly, the biggest benefit comes about from the big boost in confidence that comes from a newly repaired tooth. Seeing a damaged smile come back to life can be enough to make anybody consider a tooth crown or bridge. But there are plenty more benefits as well…
A tooth crown can aid in protecting damaged teeth from being worn away further. For example, a patient with significant, noticeable decay can benefit from a crown to hold the tooth back together and ensure no further damage is done.
Having a tooth crown or dental bridge fitted is a long-term solution and can leave patients feeling happy for years to come. The durability and fact they can last at least 5-15 years, makes them an ideal solution for anyone looking to fix their smile for the long term.
What to watch out for with Dental Crowns
Before making any decision, it’s important to understand a few potential downsides that we best seek to solve at Modern Day Smiles in St Petersburg.
Some patients may experience feelings of discomfort or increased sensitivity for a short while after having a dental crown or dental bridge fit. This usually passes through time but it’s important to be aware of. Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help.
Moreover, some patients may experience pain when biting down, this is often caused by the crown being too high and is easily fixed by adjusting the height of the crown. Our experts are happy to help with any future issues that may arise with your crown or dental bridge.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
For those patients who struggle with a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be the right treatment recommendation. Using two crowns that anchor to your existing teeth, a prosthetic tooth attached to the crowns literally “bridges” the gap and fills in the space left by your missing tooth. A bridge also works well for replacing multiple adjacent missing teeth.
Dr. Patel and Dr. Kinjal use their artistry and skill to design your bridge to match your remaining teeth and naturally complete your smile. It’s important to keep your anchor teeth healthy with regular dental visits and excellent home care to ensure the longevity of your bridge. With the proper care, your bridge can last for many years.
Is a Dental Crown or Bridge right for me?
It can often be difficult to know whether continuing with a dental crown or dental bridge procedure is right for you. We’ve addressed a few of the benefits and causes for consideration here but ultimately, the decision is yours. Before committing to anything, we’d strongly advise getting in touch with some experts, like ours here at Modern Day Smiles who are happy to assist you on your journey to a perfect smile.
The best place to go in St Petersburg FL
Whether you need a dental crown, dental bridge or some simple advice on which is best, our experts at Modern Day Smiles are here to ensure your procedure runs as smooth as possible.
We take every measure to help you prevent dental treatment from becoming a necessity; however, if you should find yourself with a tooth in need of repair, you can rest assured that you’re working with an accredited dental professional when you choose Dr. Patel or Dr. Kinjal.
We are certain you’ll appreciate the personalized dental care you’ll receive from our team. In order to find out more, contact our office today to learn about dental crowns, dental bridges or to schedule your next appointment with us in St Petersburg FL.