If you develop a cavity or severely damage a tooth, dental crowns provide a safe and effective way to restore your smile while preventing further issues. At VidaDental in Doral, Florida, expert dentist Kenia Cuevas, DDS, uses porcelain crowns. Porcelain is incredibly sturdy and looks similar to your natural tooth enamel, ensuring an aesthetically pleasing restoration. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office today.
Dental crowns are a type of oral prosthetic used to cover a chipped, cracked, or decaying tooth. They’re made from various materials, but Dr. Cuevas uses porcelain dental crowns.
Dental crowns cover the teeth at the back of your mouth, including the molars and premolars. They envelop the entire portion of your tooth that sits above the gum line, preventing further damage, while allowing you to bite and chew confidently.
Dental crowns can address various oral health problems. At VidaDental, Dr. Cuevas uses crowns to:
She also uses dental crowns after root canal therapy. Following a root canal, your treated tooth is fragile. Dental crowns provide additional support and protection.
Getting dental crowns typically takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Cuevas conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays. Afterward, she asks about any symptoms you’re experiencing as well as your goals for treatment.
Next, Dr. Cuevas administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, she carefully prepares your tooth to receive a crown. Dr. Cuevas shaves a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides of your tooth and then takes impressions. She sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your custom crown.
A week or two later, you return to VidaDental. At your second appointment, Dr. Cuevas lines up the new crown over your damaged tooth and bonds it in place, a process that takes no longer than 60 minutes. You leave the office with a fully functional tooth that’s capable of biting and chewing.
If you want to keep your dental crown in great shape for years to come, make sure to brush and floss daily and visit VidaDental every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. To prevent cracks, chips, or other damage, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pen caps, or biting down on popcorn kernels.
If you play contact sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, you might also want to wear a mouthguard. With proper preventive care, dental crowns can last 10-15 years, and sometimes longer.
Schedule an appointment for dental crowns at VidaDental. Book online, or call the office today.