What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as crowns, are caps that are placed over teeth to improve their appearance and functionality. Crowns are installed when you have a weak, damaged, broken or discolored tooth. It can also help strengthen a tooth, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore a tooth that is broken. Dental crowns are permanent and can only be removed by a dentist. Before installation, we will verify the crown matches the color of your other teeth and fits properly before cementing it.

Why Do I Need A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns will help restore the tooth to its original condition. A crown can be used to:

  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth affected by a root canal
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Cover discoloration or ill-shaping
  • Replace a large filling

Types of Dental Crowns

There are many types of dental crowns available, all approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). The different types of dental crowns include:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Stainless steel

A Creating Smiles Dental team member will help you determine the dental crown type that is right for you and your tooth.

Ceramic Crowns + Bridges

A dental crown can help give you a beautiful smile. So if you’re considering a tooth crown, give Creating Smiles Dental a call. We’ll let you know your best option for a crown and explain why we uses ceramic dental crowns for a more natural look. Crowns are often an excellent choice for stained teeth, crooked teeth, and chipped teeth. You might have more questions about crowns, starting with, what is a tooth crown, and how much do crowns cost?

We want to answer your questions about getting a crown so please read on, or call our Clearwater dental office at (727)-791-8823 or our St. Petersburg dental office at (727)-323-0377.

The difference in an all-ceramic crown and traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns is night and day. Literally!

With a traditional PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crown, light will not pass through the restoration due to its metal component. This creates crowns that look like — well, like crowns. While this may not be a problem in back teeth, for front teeth these crowns can give an unnatural appearance to the smile.

An all-ceramic crown, on the other hand, allows light to pass through it just like natural teeth. The result is a smile that looks like nature made it. And unlike metal-containing crowns, all-ceramic crowns will never result in an unsightly black line around the gums.

For a smile that looks the way nature created it, choose all-ceramic crowns.

How to Care for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns should be treated like the rest of your teeth. Avoid acidic foods and biting on things like ice to help keep them in good shape. You should maintain regular visits and cleanings with your dentist or hygienist. If your crown comes loose or falls out, call our office as soon as possible. Quick repairs will limit any additional damage to your teeth

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