Dental Crowns in Jensen Beach, FL
When you think about everything we put our teeth through, it’s amazing that we have any as we head into our senior years. From chewing to clenching and grinding, your natural teeth take a real beating. Since enamel is the hardest substance in your body, we do have some armor against the force that our teeth absorb, but occasionally they can sustain damage from day-to-day wear or extensive decay.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
When you break or crack a tooth, a filling might do the trick. Sometimes, though, if you damage a molar or a tooth that absorbs force from chewing, a dental crown can provide you with greater protection.
Because a crown covers the entire structure of your tooth above the gum line, it can hold a damaged tooth together that might otherwise split. A split tooth causes pain and will likely require an extraction, so we prefer to protect your tooth with the appropriate restoration, whenever possible.
Retaining your natural teeth is the best bet for your oral health. Tooth loss can create a negative chain reaction, causing your bone to deteriorate and your remaining teeth to shift, which can ruin your bite.
Dental Crown Treatment
In order to make room for your dental crown, we will remove some of your natural tooth structure. In some cases, you may need your tooth structure to be rebuilt using a core. A core is a large filling that adds to your tooth and gives your crown a good foundation.
Once we prep your tooth, we will take a digital scan for a temporary crown that will hold you over while your custom crown is fabricated by our dental lab. Digital impressions are much more comfortable and accurate than the old-fashioned impression material. Crowns come in a variety of materials including porcelain fused to metal, full porcelain, and even full gold crowns. We use highly aesthetic metal-free crowns that do not show unsightly metal edges. We can improve those old unsightly crowns you had placed years ago with modern dental materials that are stronger and more attractive.
When we receive your permanent crown, we will permanently bond it to your tooth. This process can extend the life of your tooth by decades.
Caring for Your Restoration
As with all dental restorations, your crown will last longer if you practice excellent oral hygiene habits and come in for regular dental cleanings and exams at our Jensen Beach, FL dental office. Preventive maintenance is your best insurance policy when it comes to protecting your smile and your dentistry.
If you feel that you might benefit from a crown or filling, or if you experience pain when you bite down, call Jensen Beach Dental today to schedule an exam with Christopher J. Wigley, DMD, FAGD. He is highly skilled and extremely gentle when it comes to all of the treatments we provide.
Our entire team looks forward to partnering with you in a lifetime of healthy smiles!