Sometimes, when a tooth is damaged or unattractive, it needs a prosthetic dental crown to restore its normal shape, size, color, and appearance. A crown, or cap, is used to permanently encase the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Each crown is custom-made to fit over a tooth for both protection and aesthetics.
A crown can be used to:
- Cover an oddly shaped tooth
- Protect a weak or cracked tooth
- Brighten a discolored or stained tooth
- Restore a broken or worn-down tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Complete a dental implant
- Support a dental bridge
- Restore and protect a tooth after a root canal
- Cosmetically enhance a tooth
Before a crown can be placed, the tooth must be prepared to receive it. Your first appointment involves an examination, X-rays, and filing down and reshaping your tooth’s top and sides to make room for the crown to fit well. A local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort. After your tooth is prepared, Dr. Anish Patel makes an impression of your teeth to create a mold. We send the mold to a lab to manufacture the crown to exact specifications. A temporary acrylic crown is placed to protect your tooth while your permanent crown is being made. Crowns are usually made from porcelain but can also be made of metal, composite resin, or ceramic materials. After 2 to 3 weeks, the finished crown is sent to our office.
At your next appointment, we will place your crown. Dr. Patel will remove your temporary crown and check the new crown for size, shape, color, and fit. We will numb the area with a local anesthetic and permanently cement the crown into place.
With good oral hygiene and avoidance of behaviors that could compromise the crown, dental crowns can last from 5 to 15 years. Avoid habits like biting your fingernails, clenching or grinding your teeth, chewing ice, or anything else that would exert excessive pressure on the crowned tooth.
It is very important to replace missing teeth for many reasons. A dental bridge is one way to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental Bridges can be used to:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the integrity of your jawbone
- Preserve the contours of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Dental bridges fill a gap of missing teeth with replacement teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, are covered and protected with crowns to provide extra support for the bridge. These abutment teeth (which can be natural teeth or restored implants) are used to anchor the false tooth or teeth to fill in the gap. The false replacement teeth joined to the abutment teeth in a bridge are called pontics, and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. A dental bridge that is permanent is called a fixed partial denture. It is cemented in place and can be removed only by a dentist.
Restore and Replace Teeth with Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
If you have a tooth that is compromised or needs extra support, we recommend getting dental bridges and dental crowns in Panama City, FL to protect it and improve its appearance. Missing teeth can affect your smile, your ability to chew and speak, and the structural integrity of your mouth. Get a dental bridge to fill in the gaps. Call Panama City Smiles today at (850) 588-0185, or use our online form to make an appointment with Dr. Patel.