Dental Crowns in Ocala, FL
Crowns are oane of the most utilized dental treatments in existence. At Weldon Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala, 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 Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Ocala also provides dental implants when the tooth is missing or cannot be salvaged.