Crowns Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

The team at Creating Smiles Dental, led by Cindy Brayer DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, are experts at fitting your teeth with dental crowns to improve your smile, helping you look and feel like your most confident self. Find out if crowns are the best option for you, or learn more about the variety of cosmetic dental procedures they provide. Call their office in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Florida, or request a consultation online.

Crowns Q&A

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that completely cover your natural tooth. Crowns help restore shape, size, color, and strength for weakened or decayed teeth. Your Creating Smiles Dental provider cements the crowns into place so they become a permanent part of your mouth.

Why would I need a crown?

Your dentist at Creating Smiles Dental may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling
  • Protect a weak tooth from decay or fracture
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Cover an implant
  • Cover a tooth that had a root canal
  • Anchor a dental bridge

Crowns are also helpful to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth.

What are crowns made of?

Crowns are permanent, so they are made out of durable, long-lasting materials, including:

  • Resin
  • Stainless steel
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain

Each material has its own benefits and purposes. Porcelain and ceramic, for instance, can be most closely matched to the color of your natural teeth and work well when you need them in the front of your mouth where they are most visible. Metal crowns are durable and good for back teeth to withstand biting and chewing over the long term.

The team at Creating Smiles Dental takes an individualized approach to your dental care, so they recommend the type of crowns that will function and look best for your particular situation. 

How are crowns installed?

Getting a crown typically requires a couple of visits to Creating Smiles Dental. During the first visit, one of the dentists prepares your tooth so the crown can fit over it. This involves filing down the tooth, or building it up if there isn't enough left of a decayed or broken tooth to support the crown.

Once your dentist reshapes your tooth, they make a physical or digital impression of the tooth and the surrounding area that the lab will then use to construct your custom crown. It often takes a couple of weeks to manufacture your new crown, so the dentist puts a temporary crown in place to protect the filed tooth until you return for the permanent crown.

At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and carefully cements the permanent crown into place, making sure the fit and appearance are as perfect as possible.

Creating Smiles Dental can give you the information you need about whether crowns are right for you. Call or request a consultation with them online today.


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