Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, from breakage or decay, we can use in-house custom made porcelain or zirconia crowns to make the smile appear “as new.” This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We’re renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It’s usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
What Are Ceramic Crowns?
Ceramic crowns are carefully constructed “caps” that fit precisely over the top of a natural tooth. Made entirely from porcelain or from zirconia, ceramic crowns are bonded using a strong resin. Dental crown installation is a non-surgical procedure, although it may require numbing agents for patient comfort due to nerve sensitivity.
Because we custom-design each crown with the help of advanced computer technology and equipment, the crown should not allow any matter or liquid to enter between the bond. With proper dental crown care, the cap can last for several decades.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a ceramic crown requires two visits to our office in West Palm, Plantation, or Coral Springs. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown that looks as natural as your natural tooth.
On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you’ll have a new, beautiful-looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
Patients are often surprised when they realize the many advantages of dental crowns. When placed by a trained dental professional, a crown often:
- Replaces missing teeth. Crowns can be used to create dental bridges, which span gaps in a smile leftover from missing teeth. Although a dental crown is not surgically placed like a dental implant, it can still “stand in” for the missing tooth.
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth. Even if a tooth has been seriously damaged, it may not need to be extracted. State-of-the-art dentists like those at Friedman Dental Group understand how to save teeth. A dental crown can strengthen and aesthetically fix a tooth that has suffered breakage, cracks, or decay.
- Looks completely natural. Thanks to advanced materials and creation methods, modern ceramic dental crowns look so natural that they can even fool professionals.
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems. Dental crowns are not just attractive. They also serve a key purpose. When teeth are restored to their original capabilities, they become fully functioning and supportive. This porcedure allows patients to feel more confident in everyday situations.
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, disease, or wear-and-tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. The material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain or zirconia. The higher strength of the porcelain and zirconia materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.
Ceramic Crown Care Tips
A well-placed, meticulously constructed ceramic dental crown can potentially last for up to three decades. Although dental crowns can generally be treated like natural teeth, they do require some specific ceramic crown care to keep them looking and functioning year after year. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Practice solid at-home oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice daily helps dental crowns stay in excellent condition.
- Visit the dentist for regular checkups. Dentists rely on six-month checkups to stay ahead of patient issues. Visiting a dental provider at least two times a year reduces the chance of problems related to tooth crowns.
- Avoid biting down on very hard or sticky foods. Ceramic dental crowns are extremely durable, but they can be pulled off teeth with enough force. If your dental crown becomes loose, contact your dentist immediately so they can clean the tooth and rebond the crown to the tooth’s surface.
- Use a night guard if the dentist recommends it. Many people suffer from bruxism, which is a condition that causes them to grind their teeth at night. Bruxism can affect the tops of dental crowns, putting too much pressure on them. If your dentist suggests that you wear a night guard to protect your teeth, take the advice seriously.
- Stop smoking. Dental crowns can become discolored from cigarette and cigar smoke stains. Kick the smoking habit and reduce the chances of dental crowns becoming yellow or grey.
- Get care at the first sign of unusual crown experiences. Any unusual dental crown sign or symptom deserves a visit to the dentist.
Ceramic Crown Care in Florida
The providers at Friedman Dental Group in Coral Springs, Plantation, Delray, Palm Beach, and Tamarac treat every patient with individualized ceramic dental care in Florida. We’re known across the region for our attention to detail, accuracy, reputation, and patient-centered treatments. We encourage you to make an appointment with us today.