If teeth suffer from decay, are misshapen, cracked, or have gaps between them; crowns can be used to repair the damage. A relatively simple cosmetic procedure, crowns can improve the underlying tooth structure, adding resilience to the tooth. Crowns are made of many different substances like resin, porcelain, or even ceramic. We at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care continually strive to provide our patients with the best care to help with their dental hygiene needs. Let us place a crown for you today.
Do You Need a Crown?
Teeth that become badly worn or weak with decay or those that have become cracked or fractured can be helped with a crown. A crown can easily cover and protect a damaged tooth and can also hold together parts if the tooth is cracked or fractured. Crowns are also an option to hold dental appliances such as implants or bridges in place. They can also help to correct problems with loose teeth as well.
Why a Crown?
For patients who are concerned about the appearance of their teeth, crowns are an excellent option to help their smile. Many times, when patients have their teeth repaired with a crown, they also have improved tooth function and less discomfort while chewing.
Crowns also repair spaces between teeth where food particles can begin the process of tooth decay. This, in turn, helps lengthen the lifespan of the tooth. By using modern technology to match the color and shape of the damaged tooth, crowns can make it nearly impossible to notice the dental work.
Crowns can be placed with just two visits to our offices. We will take x-rays and examine the root structure to be sure it is capable of holding up the crown. If the underlying structure is not strong enough to support the crown, the patient will need to get a root canal before proceeding. Once the treatment continues, our staff will generate a model for the tooth needing the crown. This can be done using a paste or a digital scanner.
The placement site is prepared by our staff at the initial visit. While the crown is manufactured with the correct shape, size and color, a second appointment is scheduled up to four weeks after the initial appointment. The crowns will be placed at that time.
Although the procedure is typically pain-free, some patients do better with a numbing anesthetic to desensitize the general area. Our team will make sure that you are properly numbed before beginning the procedure.
Life Expectancy of a Crown
It is important that patients take care of their crowns with the same diligence as their own natural teeth. In some cases, crowns can last a lifetime. However, it is important for patients to avoid sticky foods or acidic beverages like carbonated soda. Patients should also brush and floss at least twice a day and inspect the crowns to make sure they are still properly placed. Professional dental cleanings are also important.
We can improve your smile by scheduling an appointment to discuss crowns with you. Contact our team at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care. Call (352) 666-9898 or come to see us in person to schedule an appointment.