Restoring a tooth that is damaged or decayed is important for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Often times, saving a tooth requires quick intervention. This can be done with dental fillings or, when patients have more damage to address, porcelain dental crowns. A patient who has a damaged tooth, often asks, “where can I find fast and effective treatment near me.”
Simply stated, a dental crown is a tooth cap, often made with porcelain material that fits over the entire structure of the tooth. This provides more support that a filling or dental bonding. Dental crowns are a common restoration that is used when a tooth is damaged. This damage can be caused by trauma to the face, such as a fall or an accident, or by decay that has gone undetected or untreated for too long.
Dental crown treatment does involve several trips to the dentist’s office. First, the tooth must be examined to determine if a crown is the right treatment. If it is, the dentist will prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This may include removing a fine amount of enamel to make room for the cap to fit. It can also include removing any decay that remains in the tooth or rebuilding it to ensure a proper appearance.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will measure the tooth and take dental impressions. This information is sent to a dental laboratory where the tooth is created uniquely for each patient. Once the tooth is created, the patient will return to the dentist’s office to have it placed. The dental restoration will be permanently bonded to the tooth using a dental cement.
With the dental crown bonded into place, the tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth. However, patients should be sure to care for it properly. Brushing and flossing are still important. Additionally, patients should avoid biting into or chewing on hard items such as ice as this can break the dental restoration. Further, while the porcelain won’t stain or change colors, the rest of your teeth, will. So patients should also try to avoid dark beverages.
As with most dental restorations the exact cost of your dental crown would depend on a number of factors. Dr. Trevor Williams will be able to provide you with an estimate prior to beginning treatment.
Trevor L. Williams DMD is a General and Cosmetic Dentist serving Brandon, Florida. Having been born and raised in Dover, Florida, he graduated from Plant City High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and his Master’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida. After attending the prestigious dental school at the University of Florida, he worked as an associate in Carrollwood and Lakeland before making Brandon his home.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Clear Aligners, and Florida Dental Association. He is a general and restorative dentist who loves to work with Invisalign and other clear aligners to provide patients with straightened, more aligned smiles.