Sometimes cavities or fractures are too large to be repaired with dental fillings. In these instances, dental crowns can be used to restore your smile. These custom-made restorations are designed to blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth, and can be fabricated from ceramic, zirconia, IPS e.max®, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). At our Clearwater, FL, practice, Dr. John P. Krueger offers both traditional and implant-supported dental crowns. Our office has a long-standing relationship with a local dental lab whose technicians are certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
- Provide reinforcement for weakened teeth
- Repair moderately or severely decayed teeth
- Support dental bridges
- Conceal discolored teeth
- Correct the appearance of misshaped teeth
- Restore dental implants
- Repair cracked, fractured, or broken teeth
- Protect a tooth treated with root canal therapy
To determine your eligibility for a dental crown, Dr. Krueger will perform a full assessment of the affected tooth. In addition to a visual examination, x-rays will be taken to evaluate the internal structures and supporting jawbone.
Receiving Your Dental Crown
Most patients can complete the dental crown treatment process in two office visits. During the first appointment, Dr. Krueger will examine the tooth to ensure it can support a restoration. If you are a candidate, he will prepare the tooth for your new crown. To do this, small amounts of enamel will be removed.
We will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to our dental lab partner. There, a trained technician will use the impressions to create your new custom dental crown. This process takes about two to four weeks to complete. In the meantime, Dr. Krueger will bond a temporary crown in place to protect your tooth.
We will schedule you for another appointment once your crown is ready. During this visit, Dr. Krueger will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the final restoration. He will assess your bite to ensure a proper fit and then make any necessary adjustments.
Once in place, a dental crown will blend in naturally with your smile, offering lifelike results.
You may experience mild tenderness and sensitivity in the surrounding gum tissue after your dental crown procedure. These are normal side effects and should diminish within a few days. To mitigate any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer a number of advantages. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, they also address the sensitivity that can accommpany decayed or damaged teeth. Once in place, a dental crown will blend in naturally with your smile, offering lifelike results. Best of all, a dental crown does not require specialized care. It can be brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth – and with proper care and maintenance, your new restoration can last 20, 30, and even 40 years.
Contact Our Practice Today
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns, or any of the other restorative dentistry services offered at our Clearwater practice, schedule a visit with Dr. Krueger. Call our office at (727) 240-3481 or contact us online.