Dental crowns are common. In fact, an astounding 15 million Americans have crowns to replace missing teeth, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Expert dentist Cesar Hurtado, Jr., DDS, is highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown questions. Call or schedule an appointment if you think you might need a crown. Cesar Hurtado DDS is conveniently located in Miami.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.
Dr. Hurtado may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.
In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.
Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.
Dental crowns are constructed from many materials, however, porcelain crowns are easy to match to your tooth’s color. Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns. With a porcelain crown, your teeth may suffer more wear and tear than they would with other types of crowns. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for patients who have metal sensitivities.
Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. At the first appointment, you'll have digital X-rays taken so that your dental professional at Cesar Hurtado DDS can ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting a crown.
Next, Dr. Hurtado will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. After that, he will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Dr. Hurtado will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at Cesar Hurtado DDS or make an appointment online.