Dental crowns in Coral Gables, FL are made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a fully gold crown. For a natural look and feel, porcelain crowns are the best option as they can match the natural shade of your teeth. In this way, your crown will blend in with the rest of your smile and look just like a natural tooth.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and more. If you feel your smile is weakening or fading, crowns can help restore the function and appearance of your teeth. Sometimes, a tooth may be too weak or decayed for a filling to suffice. In these cases, dental crowns are necessary to restore strength and prevent further damage.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. During the first visit, a dentist will reshape the tooth by filing down the enamel. This allows the dental crown to properly fit over the tooth. For your comfort, this part of the process typically calls for local anesthesia to avoid pain in the area. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding area of the mouth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown fit your mouth perfectly and blend in with the surrounding teeth. While your permanent crown is being created, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to hold the space.
Typically, creating a custom dental crown requires 2-3 weeks. Once the crown is delivered to your dentist, you will have an appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. Under a local anesthetic, the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your natural and beautiful smile.
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. Caring for your dental crown is as simple as practicing normal oral hygiene. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns in Coral Gables, FL can help restore your smile.