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Getting a Dental Crown? Here’s What You Need to Know

September 8, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Gary Michaelson
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You have a damaged or broken tooth or one with failing fillings, and you know it’s time to talk to your dentist about restoring it. A dental crown may be the solution, but it’s been years since you last had one placed. How has the process changed? How many visits are involved, and what should you expect? 

Your Orlando dentist wants you to know all the facts before you commit to any dental procedure. The process for getting a dental crown has improved, and here’s what you need to know.

Two Steps to a Better Smile

The goal of a dental crown is to protect a tooth that’s too damaged to function as it should. Your customized crown is designed to fit over the tooth like a jacket and may be made of all-porcelain, zirconia, or gold. 

Getting dental crowns in Alafaya, FL typically takes place over two appointments.

First Appointment

First, we alter the shape of the crown tooth, so the restoration has room to fit correctly. Remember the last time you got a dental crown and had to sit through uncomfortable impressions? At Alafaya Dentistry, we take digital impressions that’s as easy as passing a handheld scanner over the tooth we’re treating.

Second Appointment

Our dentist uses the impressions to design your temporary crown, then send the information to a custom dental lab. Your restoration is customized to blend with your smile, and the process takes about two weeks. We then schedule a second appointment to adjust the crown for fit and place it securely on your tooth. 

Caring for Your Dental Crown

Your dental crown won’t get a cavity, but the tooth beneath it can. If the tooth develops a cavity, we might need to remove the crown and may not be able to re-use it.

Avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods and chewing on ice. In many cases, a high-quality dental crown that’s cared for correctly can last as long as 10 or 15 years.

Call to Arrange a Dental Appointment

Have a damaged or broken tooth? We’ll be happy to talk to you about dental crowns in Orlando as well as other treatments that might be more appropriate for your needs. Call Alafaya Dentistry today to get started.

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