Dental Crowns in Orlando
At Elite Dentistry
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Mark Ashy of Elite Dentistry is here to help. At our office, we specialize in restorative dentistry and cosmetic care. We can restore both your natural smile and your bite, and protect your mouth from further complications. If you have a broken or damaged tooth, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Why Would I Need a Crown?
Crowns are commonly used to restore teeth that have been affected by large cavities and to replace old, large, worn-out fillings. They may also be used to restore your tooth after it has been treated with root canal therapy or to restore a tooth that has been damaged by dental trauma.
Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. If you have a tooth that needs to be restored but can’t be treated with an alternative procedure like bonding or veneers, a crown may be the best option.
Types of Dental Crowns
Ceramic dental crowns are made out of a solid block of porcelain and are usually used to restore front teeth since this material looks and feels just like a natural tooth. They can be made in a dental lab, or in-office using specialized CEREC equipment.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made in dental labs. They are made of a porcelain tooth that’s fused to a metal base, which makes the crown more durable. This type of crown is ideal for molars and premolars.
Gold crowns were more common in the past, but are not used as widely today. They are very durable, strong and flexible, and will never fracture due to the pliable nature of gold alloys. Gold crowns also do not irritate gum tissue.
Finally, resin crowns that are made of a special type of plastic are often used as temporary crowns to protect your tooth while a permanent crown is made. They are not very durable, but are very affordable, which makes them ideal for temporary use.
Crown Placement Process
First, Dr. Ashy will clean and numb the treatment area. Then, he will begin removing damaged and decayed enamel with specialized dental tools and he will shape the remaining tooth structure into a strong, stable platform.
Next, he will take images and impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a lab where your crown will be built. Dr. Ashy will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth, and send you home.
In about 2-3 weeks, your permanent crown will arrive at our office, and you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Ashy will check the crown to ensure it fits properly and looks natural, then he will permanently bond it into place.
Aftercare for a Dental Crown
The area around your crown may be a bit tender for a day or two, but this discomfort should go away quickly. To care for your new crown, simply treat it like a natural tooth. Brush and floss regularly, and see Dr. Ashy for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months. Beyond this, there are no special care requirements for a tooth that has been treated with a crown.