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Find out why so many people turn to dental crowns and whether crowns could benefit your smile.
Do you know what a dental crown is? Perhaps you are familiar with the tooth-shaped restoration. After all, it’s one of the most popular dental restorations that our Tampa, FL, dentist Dr. Dana Cuculici places. Whether you or someone you love has been told that your smile could benefit from crowns, find out more about this simple restoration and how it can improve your oral health and appearance.
Here’s when you might benefit from getting a dental crown from our Tampa restorative dentist:
To Restore Damaged Teeth
While our teeth are pretty amazingly durable thanks to enamel, which is the hardest substance in our bodies, this doesn’t mean that teeth still aren’t prone to damage. After all, accidents happen. If you are dealing with a cracked or fractured tooth then chances are good that we are going to recommend getting a dental crown. Why?
Well, a dental crown is designed to fit over a tooth to preserve the structure and to protect an already weak tooth from further damage. Plus, it strengthens the tooth so that you can bite and chew without issue. Along with cracks and fractures, our dentist may also recommend a crown if your tooth has severe decay or if an old dental filling is no longer able to fully support the tooth. In this case, the filling will be removed and a crown will be cemented over the tooth.
After a Root Canal
Root canal therapy a fairly common procedure that is performed when the dental pulp, a soft tissue structure inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. Once bacteria infect the pulp the only option is to have it removed to stop the spread of infection. If you've had a root canal, Dr. Cuculici can do the final restoration and place a dental crown over the tooth to restore and reinforce the tooth.
To Replace Missing Teeth
Yes, dental crowns also play a role in replacing a missing tooth, as well. If you have decided to get a dental implant, the implant itself will not be the part that you’ll see when you smile but rather the dental crown. The implant sits under the gums within the jawbone, providing a strong, long-term base from which to support a dental crown. Crowns can also be placed over natural teeth to support a dental bridge, which fills gaps in your smile with false teeth.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for restorative dentistry? If you said “yes” then it’s time to call Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL, to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cuculici.
Porcelain dental crowns can benefit your smiles in many ways, including how they reinforce damaged teeth and improve their appearance. Learn more about how they can help you by reading below, and contact Dr. Dana Cuculici at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL, if you are interested in treatment.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain dental restoration that fits over a tooth to surround it on the sides and cover its top. Dentists use crowns to...
- Stabilize a repaired tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place with a crown on either side
- Restore a damaged tooth
- Improve the appearance of a stained, discolored, misshapen tooth
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Although root canals have a rough reputation, this treatment ensures that your tooth does not require extraction. After a root canal procedure, crowns are placed over the previously problematic tooth to stabilize it and help protect it from the marring effects of everyday use. Additionally, dental crowns are color-matched to your teeth to ensure that they fit seamlessly into your smile. Amazingly, crown functions and feels almost exactly like a natural tooth!
The Application Process at our Tampa Office
A dental crown usually requires two separate appointments: one for preparation and to take a mold of the mouth, and one after a dental laboratory has created the crown for permanent placement. In the time between your appointments, a temporary restoration protects your prepared tooth until your final crown comes back from the laboratory.
Consulting with your dentist is the best way to ensure that a crown is the right treatment for you and your smile. For more information on dental crowns or their benefits, please contact Dr. Dana Cuculici at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL. Call (813) 264-6911 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cuculici today!
You despair over your failing teeth and gapped smile, but honestly, you don't have to feel that way. Dr. Dana Cuculici has your best oral health and smile aesthetics in hand with state-of-the-art restorative treatments that can remake your damaged teeth. In fact, your look and oral function will be just as it used to be--only better--because of the advanced techniques Dr. Cuculici is known for in Tampa, FL. Do you need crowns and bridgework? Get the finest at Carrollwood Dental Spa.
A renewed smile through crowns
Let's first talk about those failing teeth. Extensive decay, oral injury, or dental abscesses severely compromise the health and structure of teeth, but extraction is not the only option. In fact, extraction can compound oral health issues by degrading gums and bones and leaving gaps that affect the strength and position of remaining teeth.
As such, Dr. Cuculici will evaluate the teeth in question to explore the possibility of dental crowns. Also called caps, crowns are fashioned from lifelike porcelain, a durable material that custom-covers remaining enamel. Not only do crowns restore structure, function, and beauty, they also protect the tooth from additional damage or decay.
Crowns are versatile, too. Besides restoring decayed or weak teeth, dental crowns are the finishing touch to teeth healed by root canal therapy. After the dentist removes the diseased interior tooth pulp, she shapes the tooth to receive its new cap, thus avoiding extraction.
A complete smile through bridgework
Additionally, crowns support a traditional tooth replacement called fixed bridgework. Say you are missing one, two or even more adjoining teeth due to a car accident or other mishap. You may be a candidate for bridgework in which the dentist fills the gap with pontic, or artificial teeth, which are affixed to remaining teeth with crowns.
To prepare a site for bridgework, Dr. Cuculici assesses the health of the teeth which will support the bridge. The teeth which will receive the crowns are called abutment teeth. They must be strong to bear the physical forces of the bridge. The dentist reduces the abutment teeth in size so they can accept the supporting crowns properly.
With accurate X-ray imaging, oral impressions, and a detailed treatment plan, a trusted dental lab creates the crown and bridgework combination in Tampa. During a subsequent visit to Carrollwood Dental Spa, Dr. Cuculici bonds the appliance in place and adjusts it for bite and fit.
Your smile is restored
The American College of Prosthodontists says that the single tooth crown is today's most popular restoration. Why is that? It's because crowns spare teeth for years of additional service. And for gaps, you can count on the beauty and strength of well-crafted bridgework.
For a restorative dentistry consultation on bridges and crowns, please contact Carrollwood Dental Spa in Tampa, FL. You'll be surprised what Dr. Cuculici and her team can do for your smile. Call (813) 264-6911 for an appointment.
The following dental restorations and procedures are all ones you've likely heard of before. However, many of Dr. Dana Cuculici's patients at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL, aren't familiar with the exact reasons behind them, especially if they've never received one before. Dr. Cuculici and her staff want all their patients to understand the procedures they need; here are some helpful details about crowns, bridges, dental implants and root canals.
When damage has left the health of a tooth too precarious to survive on its own, crowns from your Tampa dentist can restore its function and appearance. They cover up a tooth that has significant decay or breakage but still has an intact root system. Crowns, which can be made of porcelain or metal materials, seal off the tooth from further damage and allow normal function again.
Besides fixing dental damage, crowns are the anchors of bridges, which fill in gaps from missing teeth. The bridge is a restoration made of an artificial tooth (or teeth) that is held securely in place by crowns on either side. The crowns are affixed to healthy natural teeth to give the bridge extra support. The result is a complete and beautiful smile!
Another option for restoring missing teeth is through the installation of dental implants. Your Tampa dentist inserts a tiny metal post into your jawbone where a missing tooth once was, replicating its root. The jawbone naturally grows back around the post, securing it into place and allowing the rest of the implant - the abutment and the crown - to be attached. Dental implants are the most long-lasting and realistic tooth restorations available today.
This dental procedure has a bad reputation for all the wrong reasons. Your dentist, Dr. Cuculici, assures each of her patients that root canals are a helpful, not harmful procedure. They restore teeth by removing the inner tissues that have been affected by decay or injuries, allowing a natural tooth to remain in place. Most teeth with root canals require a crown to finish them off and protect the tooth from any more problems.
If you need one of these treatments, or to learn more about them, contact Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL! We'd be happy to help you!