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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns have restored millions of smiles over the past several decades. They continue as treatments preferable to tooth extraction dental crownsand as the finishing touch on today's premiere tooth replacement, the dental implant. Your Delray Beach, FL dentist, Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, places beautiful dental crowns at Brilliant Smiles Dental and wants you fully informed on how they work. Read five important facts about the role dental crowns play in restorative dentistry.

Fact #1 Dental crowns protect and support failing teeth above the gum line. Whether crafted from a porcelain-fused-to-metal alloy (PFM) or all-porcelain, your dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that preserves a heavily decayed, injured or abscessed tooth.

Fact # 2 Dental crowns take a few visits to place. That's usually the case at Brilliant Smile Dental in Delray Beach where your dentist will examine your tooth and take digital X-rays to see how viable it truly is. Then, he begins the treatment by numbing the tooth and removing any old fillings and the decayed or cracked portions above the gum line. Dr. Rodriguez-Martin shapes the tooth and takes an oral impression so the dental lab can custom-make the crown. At the final visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and bonds the new restoration in place.

Fact #3 Dental crowns last a long time--10 to 15 years, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. But, as a diligent patient, you must brush twice a day and floss around your crown daily according to American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. Also, be gentle with all your teeth, not just the ones with fillings, crowns or veneers. That means no chewing ice cubes or pencil tops or biting open beer bottles. Porcelain crowns can chip, fracture or even come off if they are treated too roughly or if you routinely grind your teeth. If grinding, or bruxism, is a problem for you, Dr. Rodriguez-Martin may advise you wear a customized mouth guard at night to protect those restorations.

Fact #4 Crowns support fixed bridgework. If you are missing one, two or even more teeth in a row, your dentist in Delray Beach may span the smile gap with bridgework that has artificial teeth, or pontics, affixed to neighboring natural teeth with dental crowns. Crowns also top dental implants which are anchored to the jawbone for extremely stable replacement of missing teeth.

Fact #5 If possible, your dentist would rather refurbish a tooth with a crown than extract that ailing or injured tooth. That's because smile gaps create of myriad of problems such as gum and jawbone recession, compromised smile aesthetics and poor oral function.

Do you need a crown?

If you do, rest assured that you are doing something good for your smile. For a restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. Rodrigues-Martin, contact Brilliant Smiles Dental to speak to a team member. Call today: (561) 272-2131.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
July 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Your dentist usually has two options when repairing a damaged or weakened tooth: extract the tooth altogether or restore it using a dental crownsdental crown. While extraction may seem like the easiest option, a missing tooth comes with a slew of side effects which could affect your dental health in the future. Learn more about how dental crowns can solve your tooth problems with Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL.

What can a dental crown do for me? 
Dental crowns are a versatile treatment. Dentists can use dental crowns to:

  • strengthen a weakened tooth
  • improve the appearance of a misshapen or stained tooth
  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling
  • cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth
  • to hold a permanent dental bridge in place
  • protect and strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy

Your dentist can help you determine if a dental crown is your best treatment option and in what ways it will benefit you.

Dental Crowns in Delray Beach, FL
The process for crowns begins with your dentist preparing the tooth to receive the crown. This involves removing small amounts of enamel from the sides and top of the tooth. This is to make room for the crown’s width and height and to give the tooth the same shape as the inside of the crown. This ensures a solid bond and snug fit between the restoration and your tooth. With the tooth prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory which customizes the crown uses this mold as a basis for the crown’s design. Your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the laboratory finishes the final restoration. This process takes about two weeks. At a second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent restoration.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your consultation for dental crowns today!



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