Custom-Tailored Dental Crowns in Tampa
When searching for dental crowns you will be presented with many options and a lot of misinformation. At Modern Day Smiles Tampa, we seek to educate our patients on dental crowns as well as a variety of other common dental problems and treatments to match.
On this page, we will discuss dental crowns and how they fit into part of your oral health. There are many types of crowns we will mention along with how they can assist with common dental problems. To uncover more about dental crowns and how they can work for you, we recommend getting in touch with our dental specialists at Modern Day Smiles, Dr. Alexis Spinuso will be happy to help. Looking for something more than dental crowns? We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry services.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds a damaged tooth to restore it to its usual self, improving the appearance of your smile in the process. Crowns consist of three different materials: All metal, ceramic on metal and all-ceramic. The material used is dependent on the location of the crown in the teeth. Quite often, patients in need of front tooth crowns have an all-ceramic crown due to the fact they look natural.
How do I Select the Best Tooth Crown for me?
Our specialized dentists will be able to provide advice on the best crown for your requirements, depending on your budget, case, and the location of the crown.
Why do I need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a way to cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and function. The purpose is to strengthen the tooth or improve the appearance of the tooth and thus, your smile. A crown can:
- Restore a tooth/teeth when there isn’t enough remaining to provide support for a large filling.
- Attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
- Cover up a dental implant
Porcelain Crowns vs Other Types of Crown
Our dental specialists often advise patients to consider a porcelain crown for a few reasons:
- They are a natural tooth color which makes them ideal for matching your teeth and blending in. These are a great way to boost confidence in patients and restore the look of your smile.
- Porcelain is a durable and strong material ideal for use as a tooth crown. Because of this, the tooth remains firmly attached and able to withstand the impact of food, drink and more.
- A secure bond is formed between the porcelain and enamel which ensures your tooth crown is firmly kept in place.
What is the Dental Crown Process?
Getting a crown at Modern Day Smiles usually involves a few appointments with our specialists. Upon the first visit, our dentists will perform a full mouth series of X-rays (FMX) to determine the state of your gums, root stability and need for a crown or other alternative treatment like a bridge.
A local anesthetic is then used on the gums and teeth to file the tooth down to fit the crown, the amount of filing needed is directly dependent on the material of the crown because some materials require more or less surface area to attach. If a more significant portion of your tooth is missing, our dentists will fill it with composite resin to build up support for the crown.
After this, our dentists will take an impression of the reshaped tooth/teeth which require restoration, along with the teeth below the dental crown in order to ensure it doesn’t affect your bite or add stress to the other teeth. The impression taken is then sent off to a lab so that they can create a temporary crown, usually made of acrylic and fixed with temporary cement paste. After this temporary crown is placed, you will be sent home to wait for the production of your crown to be complete.
After 2-3 weeks pass, on your next visit the temporary crown is removed and so long as the permanent crown is in good shape, it fits well and it is a good match for the color of your surrounding teeth, our dentists will provide you with a local anesthetic and permanently cement the crown in place. This process is almost pain-free due to the anesthetic and the end result always amazes patients.
How to care for your dental crown
Caring for your dental crown follows a simple 4-part process:
- Avoid hard, crunchy foods
- Avoid sticky foods
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Brush gently and maintain good oral hygiene
How much do Dental Crowns in Tampa Cost
Much like the majority of our services, the cost of dental crowns is highly dependent on what is required. For example, a temporary crown will differ in price from a permanent crown that covers a visible portion of the teeth and gum line. Fortunately, affordable dental crowns are readily available at Modern Day Smiles, thanks to our ability to provide patients with affordable payment plans and special offers that suit them.
Affordable Dental Crowns Near You
When it comes to high-quality dental crowns Modern Day Smiles is here to help! We offer a range of services that can assist patients with a variety of dental issues. We strongly advise calling our dental office today at (813) 890-0044 with any queries you may be having, after which a member of our friendly team will book you in an appointment with us and we can work out the best solution for you.