Even though your teeth are made out of the hardest material in your body, they can still decay and become damaged. If this issue continues, it could expose the sensitive inner portion of your tooth, causing even more serious problems and pain in your mouth. At Jacksonville Dental Specialists, our team uses custom-made dental crowns to restore your teeth back to their natural beauty and function. Read on to see how these life-like restorations can improve your smile.
Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are designed to cover the entire visible portion of your tooth. This allows for the restored appearance of your smile, but it also restores your biting power and strength. Unlike other restorations, dental crowns in Jacksonville are permanently bonded to your tooth, allowing for a long-lasting and stable restoration. Crowns can be made out of various types of materials, but we use high-quality ceramics to deliver you a restoration that looks and feels like your natural smile.
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki and Dr. Richard Aguila use dental crowns because they:
If it sounds like you could benefit from restoring your teeth with dental crowns, contact our office today. One of our highly-trained dentists will examine your mouth to provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
The only way to ensure that you’re a candidate for crowns is to visit our office, but you are typically a candidate if you need to:
Once Dr. Nawrocki or Dr. Aguila decide that a dental crown is the best solution for your decayed or damaged tooth, they will clean the area of any decay and begin the placement process. They will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate your restoration and then take impressions of your smile to create a customized crown that matches your natural teeth. You’ll be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent one is fabricated, then you’ll come back to our office where we’ll permanently place your dental crown.
Do you have a moderately decayed or damaged tooth? If so, a modern dental crown may be the ideal solution for you. These custom-crafted restorations are meant to renew the structure and improve the strength of compromised pearly whites. Though you can expect to enjoy various benefits with this restorative option, you may have some concerns about the treatment before committing to it. For this reason, we’ve listed and answered some of the most commonly asked questions about dental crowns in Jacksonville. Read on to learn more or reach out to our office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Before beginning your treatment, your dentist will make sure to completely numb the tooth they’ll be working on, that way you remain comfortable throughout your appointment. In many cases, patients may simply need a topical anesthetic for a pain-free experience. That said, if you’re feeling nervous or anxious about your visit, we can provide you with sedation dentistry to help you relax. While your tooth may be numbed for the preparation portion of your procedure, this may not be necessary for the final crown placement. You might experience some sensitivity for several days after your treatment, but this can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and by rinsing with lukewarm water.
Dental crowns can’t develop cavities, as they aren’t made of the same organic material as your permanent teeth. However, the underlying tooth can still be susceptible to harmful bacteria without proper care. In fact, crowned teeth have nearly the same risk of decay as uncrowned ones. Even so, you can take several measures to help prevent cavities altogether. Make sure to practice good oral hygiene every day to keep bacteria and plaque from collecting around your teeth and gum line, especially where the tooth meets the crown. You should also visit our office routinely for checkups and cleanings biannually and keep a well-balanced diet.
With proper care, your dental crown in Jacksonville can give you at least 15 years of beauty and strength. This will depend entirely on your oral health and how well you maintain your results over the years. To ensure the success of your dental crown, you’ll need to brush twice a day, floss at least once daily, and visit our office biannually for dental checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing on any nonfood items because they can crack your crown (and your natural teeth).
Although your dentist is the main one to determine if your crown needs replacing, here are a few important indications that your restoration is nearing the end of its lifetime:
Dark line at the base – The porcelain layer from porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns may wear down over time, exposing the metallic portion. This is a common sign that you should replace your restoration.