If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, a crown can restore your smile to its near-original condition and preserve your oral health. At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, Diplomate-ABDSM, uses dental crowns to improve the shape, size, and appearance of damaged and decaying teeth. To make an appointment in Tampa, Florida, call the office or book online today.
A dental crown is a cap bonded on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. The crown reinforces your tooth, prevents additional damage, and restores your chewing and biting abilities.
At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, the team offers tooth-colored crowns. A tooth-colored crown mimics the appearance of your natural tooth enamel, ensuring it blends in with your smile.
At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, the team uses crowns to:
You might also get a dental crown if you undergo root canal therapy.
At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, getting a crown takes two visits about a week apart.
At your first visit, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. Then, they prepare your tooth to receive a crown. Your provider numbs your mouth and carefully files the top and sides of the tooth. Then, they take impressions.
The team at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry sends your impressions to a nearby dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab use your impressions to manufacture a custom tooth-colored crown.
When the dental lab finishes your crown, you return to Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry. The team bonds the crown on top of your tooth and explains how to care for it.
After you get a crown, it’s normal to experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. To reduce discomfort, the team at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry recommends taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, applying an ice pack to your cheek, and biting and chewing more gently than usual.
To keep your dental crown in optimal condition, it’s imperative to practice good oral hygiene. The team at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and scheduling an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning every six months.
If you’re worried about chipping or cracking a crown, the team recommends wearing a mouthguard. You should also avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or opening packaging with your teeth. By following these recommendations, your crown may last 12-15* years or even longer.
To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, make an appointment at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.