If your teeth aren’t as shining like they used to, or if you have weak or damaged teeth, it may be time to consider crowns. A crown can be used to hide defects like discoloration and cracks, and it can also be used to add strength to a weak tooth. At Higgins Dental, Marcus Higgins, DMD, and the experienced team give patients the highest-quality crowns for natural-looking, comfortable, durable results. Call the Jacksonville, Florida, office today or schedule an appointment online.
Crowns are protective coverings designed to entirely surround the visible surface of the tooth, providing added strength while also hiding defects like chips, cracks, and deep discoloration.
Crowns are also used to protect the teeth used to support a dental bridge, and at Higgins Dental, they also offer in-house bridges.
Dental crowns are made of durable materials and are custom fitted and custom tinted to blend in with surrounding teeth, so they look and feel completely natural and comfortable.
Most patients require two visits to have a crown fitted. At the first appointment, the tooth will be carefully shaped to provide room for the crown material. Shaping involves removing some of the tooth surface material.
Then an impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made from the highest-quality materials. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while the crown is being made.
At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed; the tooth will be carefully cleaned, and the permanent crown will be applied to the tooth surface using a very strong dental adhesive. Once in place, the crown will be shaped to ensure it fits comfortably.
No, crowns can be cared for just like the rest of your teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure it stays in good shape.
It's also a good idea to avoid biting or chewing on hard substances, like ice or hard candy, to prevent the crown from cracking.
Most crowns today are designed to last for more than ten years, and with proper care, a crown can last much longer. If a crown is damaged or falls out, its replacement may be covered by insurance, depending on your insurance plan and how long the crown has been in place.
If you or your family member is in need of a crown, Higgins Dental is here to help. Call the office today or book an appointment online.