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Dental Crowns

Close-up of two prosthetic teeth

Dental Crowns

As people get older, so do their teeth. As years pass, natural teeth weaken and become more susceptible to decay, cracks and discoloration. During a regular check-up, your dentist may notice that a tooth has become infected or cracked. If so, he may recommend that a crown be placed.
Crowns are used to strengthen a tooth and protect it from further decay. The procedure to place a crown can take 2 to 3 visits to a dentist. During the first visit, the tooth that is to receive the crown will be shaped. Some of the existing enamel will be filed away to ensure the crown will fit precisely when it is placed over the existing tooth.
The patient will receive a local anesthetic during this part of the procedure so there is no discomfort. After the tooth has been shaped, a mold will be taken and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Before leaving the office, your dentist will install a temporary crown that will be removed when the permanent crown is ready. When the fabrication is completed, the crown will fit over the existing tooth and look just like the adjacent teeth.
A crown can be made from a variety of materials, specifically porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. In modern dentistry, a porcelain-finished crown creates the most natural look and feel, and can easily be matched to the shade of your natural teeth. The more natural it looks, the better it will blend with your existing teeth.
In 2 to 3 weeks, the permanent crown will be finished.

The patient will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area before the crown is placed. It will be secured to the existing tooth with cement to ensure a tight, secure fit.

You'll be the proud owner of a brand new smile when you look in the mirror the next morning. Crowns are durable and should last at least 10 years, with some lasting as many as 20 years. Care for your crown as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse.

Call Dentist of Lake Mary today at (407) 413-9000 to learn more about our procedures and how they can help restore your smile.