Restoring Smiles with Dental Crowns in Orlando
When a tooth is damaged—whether by injury, decay or even normal wear and tear—restoring that tooth is imperative. With a restoration, your tooth can continue to function and be a healthy component of your beautiful smile. Depending on the degree of damage, Dr. Maali may recommend a dental crown. This restoration—also known as a dental cap—encases an entire tooth to protect and reinforce the tooth.
A crown is often the preferred restoration for a tooth that is:
- Severely cracked and in danger of splitting
- Broken or fractured
- Extensively decayed
- Compromised by a broken filling or existing crown
- In need of protection and added strength after root canal therapy
Although there a few choices of materials for Orlando dental crowns, Dr. Maali usually prefers an all porcelain crown. Not only is this material strong and durable, it also provides a very natural appearance that mimics both the color and translucence of your natural teeth.
Dental Crown Process
When you come to Sand Lake Family Dental for a porcelain crown, you’ll need to schedule two appointments. At the first appointment, we’ll take an impression of your teeth in order to create a mold that our dental lab will use to build a crown that fits perfectly next to your adjacent teeth and against the opposing tooth. This precision is necessary for your comfort and in order to maintain your natural occlusion. At this appointment, Dr. Maali will also prepare the tooth for a crown by reducing its size. Once again, this is to ensure a perfect fit once the permanent crown is in place. After the tooth has been prepared, we’ll take another impression and create a temporary crown for you to wear while your custom-designed crown is fabricated. This impression will also be sent to the lab.
Usually, two weeks are required for the dental lab to create your permanent crown. You’ll then return to our office where Dr. Maali will remove the temporary and cement the permanent crown in its place. If necessary, he will smooth any raised surfaces, so your new porcelain crown feels completely natural.
To extend the life of your crown, try to avoid biting down on hard objects such as ice cubes or pens and pencils. To clean your crown, simply brush and floss just as you do for your natural teeth. With proper care and little bit of caution, your dental crown from Sand Lake Family Dental should give you years and years of happy and healthy smiling.