When Is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dr. Juan Santos & Associates in Maitland, FL, provide dental crowns for patients to repair smiles. A dental crown is a restorative option for teeth that have been cracked or have a significant amount of decay. When you catch tooth decay early, it can usually be repaired with a small filling. Keeping up with regular dental appointments along with a brushing and flossing routine at home is the best way to prevent tooth decay, but if you do need a crown we can help.

When do I need a dental crown?

If you have a large amount of decay in a tooth that is too large to be fixed with a filling, it might be time for a crown. Crowns can also help repair a tooth that has been cracked or chipped. Come see your Maitland, FL, dentist to learn about this restorative option. Crowns sit on the top of a tooth like a cap and are also called caps. They look and function like natural teeth. Caps are also placed over implants to replace missing teeth. Crowns can also be called bridges when they are covering more than one tooth or implant.

What is it like to get a dental crown?

The process for getting a crown can take a couple of appointments. Whether you have a crack or significant decay, the tooth will have to be shaped to prepare for the crown, and any decay is removed. An impression is taken of the newly prepared tooth, and this impression is used to ensure a perfect fit when fabricating your crown. You can wear a temporary cap while your crown is being made.

At a final appointment, your permanent crown is fitted onto the tooth or implant, and your smile is restored! You care for your dental crown just like your natural teeth. Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. If you're a teeth grinder at night, your dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect your new crown.

If you think you need a crown, contact Dr. Juan Santos & Associates in Maitland, FL, at (407) 644-2614.

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