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.