Dental Crowns and Bridges Can Restore Function
A severe cavity or a broken tooth can not only leave you in pain, but also put your oral health at serious risk.
Dr. Susana Moncada designs and places custom dental crowns at her Orlando, FL, dentistry practice to repair damaged teeth and keep your smile healthy.
Learn how crowns can strengthen your smile...
What Makes Crowns a Trusted Restorative Solution?
We offer precisely customized dental crowns made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and zirconia at our Orlando, FL, dental practice.. Many patients choose these tooth-colored options for a more natural appearance.
Crowns can be used to treat weakened or worn teeth, as well as top dental implants to close gaps caused by missing teeth. In addition, cosmetic dentistry patients often choose crowns to enhance their smile.
Crowns can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with attentive at-home hygiene and regular dental exams and cleanings. With proper precautions, your crown could last for ten years or longer before it needs to be replaced.
What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns are caps that can cover chipped, cracked, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. These restorations can also be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Crowns reinforce the structure of the tooth to restore function and allow patients to bite and chew normally again. Dental crowns may be used in combination with other procedures including fillings, bridges, and implants at our Orlando, FL, dentistry.
Dental crowns and bridges can restore function to your smile and provide a number of cosmetic benefits.
Dental bridges are used to fill in gaps of missing teeth to restore function and aesthetics to a patient’s smile. Traditional dental bridges are held in place by two crowns that are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. Implant-supported bridges also utilize crowns, but the crowns are attached to the titanium posts rather than the adjacent teeth.
Dental Crowns Can Help Weakened or Compromised Teeth
This solution can provide incredible benefits for patients with a range of needs:
Damage and Decay
When tooth decay reaches the inner portion of a tooth, root canal treatment will likely be recommended. To protect the remaining tissue following a root canal, our dentist can place a dental crown.
A dental crown can conceal cosmetic issues such as intrinsic stains and disproportionate size or shape. Dental crowns are a good option when porcelain veneers and dental bonding can not provide enough coverage.
Single Lost Teeth
Dental crowns require a minimum amount of healthy tissue for support. Due to this requirement, an extraction by our Orlando, FL, dentist may be necessary if your tooth lacks the structural integrity to support a dental crown. In these cases, our dentist can replace your tooth with a dental implant-supported custom crown.
Windermere Dental Group
At Windermere Dental Group, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care that is:
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Stunning Effects and a Healthier Bite
Thanks to modern ceramic technology, dental crowns placed by our Orlando, FL, dentistry practice are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Many patients find that after receiving a permanent crown, they are able to speak more clearly and chew with more efficiency and comfort. Not only do dental crowns help your dental and overall health, but they provide improved self-confidence as well.
Dental crowns and bridges can be made from many functionally and aesthetically pleasing materials. These include metal, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia. Each of these materials has advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Moncada can help you determine which type is right for you.
Metals such as gold and silver are not the most aesthetically pleasing option and are often reserved for back teeth and molars. Porcelain fused to metal crowns offer similar strength and durability as all-metal restorations, but more closely resemble your natural teeth.
Crowns and bridges made from advanced materials, such as porcelain or zirconia, offer the best cosmetic result. These materials closely mimic the reflective and translucent properties of natural teeth, and can be color-matched to your smile. Dr. Moncada can help you determine the best option for your smile when you come in for a consultation.
During your initial consultation at our Orlando practice, your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health. She will identify and treat any underlying conditions before planning your restorative treatment.
For dental crowns or traditional bridges, your teeth will need to be reshaped in order to accommodate the restorations. In most cases, we can offer patients same-day crowns with our CEREC® technology. If same-day crowns are not available, impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab to create your prosthetic. When your crown is ready, Dr. Moncada will place it and make any adjustments to ensure comfort and functionality.
Implant-supported crowns or implant-supported bridges require a three- to six-month recovery period after the implants have been placed. This period allows them to fuse with the jawbone and provide a strong, stable foundation for your prosthetics. Once this process is complete, abutment pieces are used to permanently attach your new restoration to your implants.
Protecting Your New Dental Crown
Crowns are constructed with high-quality materials, but they are not indestructible. Regardless of how well you care for your restoration, you will eventually need to replace your crown. There are guidelines to follow to ensure your crown lasts as long as possible, including:
- Be careful with certain foods: Avoid using your crown to chew sticky and hard foods. Sticky food can dislodge your crown, while hard food can damage your restoration.
- Maintain good oral hygiene: Care for your crown as you would your natural teeth. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching your porcelain crown. Floss front to back rather than up and down to avoid dislodging your crown.
- Regular dentist visits: Your dentist will inspect your crown at your biannual dental exam to make sure it is in good condition.
- Minimize wear and tear: Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth. Avoid biting your nails and opening packages with your teeth. Do not chew ice.