Dental Crowns in Ocala, FL

Crowns are one of the most utilized dental treatments in existence.  At Weldon General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to educating the residents of Ocala and surrounding areas with dental education.  As a result, we have provided some information about crowns below.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of metal, ceramic, or a combination of the two that is placed over the prepared tooth to restore its optimal form and function.  The result is a replacement tooth that looks and feels just like the natural tooth.  A crown is cemented into place and covers the entirety of the tooth that appears above the gum line.

When is a Dental Crown Required?

There are many different situations that call for crown treatment.  We have listed a few below:

  • To protect a weakened tooth from breaking or to hold parts of a cracked tooth together
  • Often a tooth that has received root canal treatment will require a crown.  This is due to the tooth structure that has been removed to facilitate the root canal
  • To restore a tooth that has been broken or chipped
  • To cap a tooth that has a large filling when there is not sufficient tooth structure remaining
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover teeth that are discolored, unsightly shaped, twisted, or to cover unsightly gaps between teeth

What is the Procedure?

A tooth requires preparation prior to the placement of a crown.  The dentist will gently file down the tooth to make room for the crown.  If there is not enough natural tooth structure left, a buildup will often be required to create a solid foundation for the crown.  If the crown requires two visits to be completed, a temporary cap can be fashioned to maintain esthetics and function.  The dentist will then cement the permanent crown onto the tooth.  The result looks just like a healthy natural tooth. Weldon Dentistry also provides dental implants when the tooth is missing or cannot be salvaged.

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