Dental Crowns in Orlando, FL
At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer many solutions for restoring teeth that have been compromised by disease or decay or have broken.
One of the essential restorative treatments we offer is dental crowns. Crowns (sometimes referred to as caps) are used to support a broken or weakened tooth when a simple filling isn’t enough to do the job. Dr. Michaelson will evaluate your tooth and give you the best options for your specific condition.
We know that deciding to have a crown or any other restoration placed involves a significant commitment of time and money. That is why we go out of our way to ensure that every restoration we place at our Orlando office meets and exceeds your expectations. We use only the best dental labs in the US to produce outstanding results every time.
- What is a dental crown?
- When do you use dental crowns?
- Why do I need a crown? Can’t I just get a filling?
- How many visits does it take to get a crown?
- What types of crowns do you offer?
- Will anyone notice that I have a crown?
- How can you correct cosmetic flaws with crowns?
- Are all dental crowns the same?
- How long will my new crown last?
- How can I find out if a crown is right for me?
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a dental prosthetic that covers a damaged tooth like a little helmet to strengthen and protect it from stress.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and we take many factors into consideration when helping you choose the type of crown that’s best for you. Dr. Michaelson will perform a thorough evaluation and recommend the ideal option for you.
When do you use dental crowns?
Some reasons we would recommend a dental crown are:
- A tooth has a cavity that’s too large for a filling
- A tooth is fractured or worn down
- You have had a root canal, and we need to protect the tooth
- You’re getting a bridge and need anchor crowns on adjacent teeth
- You need to have a dental implant restored
- Conceal a severely discolored or poorly shaped tooth
If you think you need a restoration, call Alafaya Dentistry to make an appointment with Dr. Michaelson. He’ll evaluate your needs and help you decide if a crown is an appropriate solution.
Why do I need a crown? Can’t I just get a filling?
If Dr. Michealson recommends a dental crown, it is because he has determined that there’s too much damage to the tooth for it to be protected sufficiently with a filling. If a tooth has too much decay or already has a large filling, the structure may be so compromised that it’s prone to fracture. Once Dr. Michaelson places the crown, the tooth will withstand a considerable amount of chewing forces without risk of damage.
Chewing forces are also absorbed differently with crowns and fillings. A crown spreads it equally around your tooth, whereas it is the filling that absorbs the force, which can lead to cracking or fracturing.
How many visits does it take to get a crown?
Placing a crown typically requires two visits.
During your first visit we:
- Prepare your tooth to receive the crown
- Take comfortable digital impressions of the prepared tooth
- Create a model that’s used to design your crown and a temporary
- Work with you to choose a shade that blends with your smile
- Cement your temporary crown in place
- Send the model and our color specifications to a custom lab that prepares your restoration
When we receive your crown back from the lab, we will have you return to our office so we can:
- Remove your temporary
- Check your new restoration to make sure it fits properly
- Check and adjust the crown to accommodate your dental bite
- Polish the crown and cement it securely in place
- Give you instructions for caring for your new crown
What types of crowns do you offer?
We offer several different materials for dental crowns at our Orlando practice:
- Full Gold Crowns: Gold crowns have been in use for decades. Compared to other types of crowns, we need to remove less structure, and the wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum.
- All-Porcelain Crowns: Crowns made of porcelain allow us to match the restoration closely to your natural tooth color. Since there’s no metal, light can pass through the restoration just as it would with a natural tooth. All-porcelain crowns are a good choice for any tooth, particularly those that show when you smile.
- Full Zirconium Crowns: Zirconium crowns are extremely strong, and the surface is resistant to staining, cracking, and chipping. Another benefit of zirconium is that it looks and feels very much like a natural tooth. While all-porcelain restorations have their uses, they can’t match zirconium regarding strength and durability. With proper oral health care, a zirconium crown can last as long as 10 to 20 years.
Will anyone notice that I have a crown?
Our all-porcelain and zirconium crowns both mimic the appearance and feel of dental enamel. We also work with you to color-match your new crown to a shade that complements and blends with surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance.
The result is a crown that looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. So unless you tell them, and there’s no reason for anyone to know that you have had any work done!
How can you correct cosmetic flaws with crowns?
Dental crowns allow us to preserve a severely damaged tooth because it covers and protects it. Since a crown adds strength by encasing the tooth, we also often use them to address certain aesthetic flaws:
- Improve the appearance of teeth with large silver fillings
- Reshape a tooth that is too small or
- Conceal a severely stained or discolored tooth.
However, we don’t generally recommend crowns purely for aesthetic reasons because placing them requires us to remove healthy tooth structure so that they fit correctly.
Are all dental crowns the same?
Dental crowns at our Orlando dental practice can be made of different materials such as porcelain, zirconia, gold, and porcelain fused to metal. The aesthetics and quality of a crown are dependent upon the skill level of the dentist, the type of laboratory used, as well as the materials from which the crown is made.
For example, in our office, crowns on the front teeth are usually made of porcelain to provide a natural look. Porcelain crowns have no metal, so they alleviate that dark line you often see at the gumline. On back teeth, we use zirconia crowns since they are strong yet they are tooth-colored, making them aesthetically pleasing as well. For more information, contact our Orlando dental office today!
How long will my new crown last?
The average lifespan of a dental crown is 5 to 15 years, although some crowns last as long as 25 years with excellent care. There are several things you can do to extend the longevity of your crown:
- If you grind or clench your teeth, ask us about customizing a night guard to protect your restoration while you sleep.
- Refrain from habits like opening packages with your teeth, chewing on ice, or biting on pen caps that can put excessive pressure on your crown that shortens its lifespan.
- Your crown won’t decay, but the tooth underneath can. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once, and maintaining routine exams and hygiene appointments with your Orlando dentist.
If you follow these guidelines and use common sense, you will enjoy your crown for many years to come.
How can I find out if a crown is right for me?
Start by calling Alafaya Dentistry and requesting an appointment with Dr. Gary Michaelson, your reliable dentist in Orlando. He has decades of experience in customizing solutions to fit our patients’ unique needs. When he meets with you, Dr. Michaelson will answer your questions, explain all your options, and help you decide if a tooth crown is the right solution for you.