Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Dental crowns can be a very beautiful, natural-looking dental restoration. Miami cosmetic dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia work with only the finest labs to create the highest quality custom dental crowns for their patients.
The Purpose of a Dental Crown
There are many reasons why you may need a crown. In most cases, a crown is a restoration that can preserve your natural tooth when the damage is too extensive for a filling or a porcelain inlay or onlay. A crown replaces the entire outside of your tooth and protects the valuable interior structure of a tooth. Known as the pulp or dental pulp, the interior of a tooth includes the blood vessels, nerves, and tooth root. Once installed, a crown prevents total loss of the tooth, as well as the potential consequences to your oral health that can occur when a permanent tooth is lost.
Situations calling for dental crowns include:
- Root canal
- Broken tooth
- Fractured tooth
- Weak or brittle tooth
- Tooth that has been damaged by a metal filling
- Tooth where fillings have failed
- Area of decay that is too large for a porcelain onlay
- Discolored tooth that does not respond to teeth whitening
- Misshapen or very short tooth
A porcelain crown is also used for the artificial tooth on a dental implant.
Benefits of Today’s Porcelain Crowns
Old crowns were made of metal. They were unsightly and often became tarnished. Old crowns also had a tendency to deteriorate or come loose over time, leaving the tooth material underneath unprotected and allowing for more decay to occur. Old technology often meant a less-than-perfect shape and fit, leading to discomfort and even contributing to problems with the alignment of your bite.
Today’s dental crowns are made of highly durable porcelain. This is a beautiful material that can be color-matched to look just like your natural teeth. Our advanced dental technology allows us to create crowns that fit perfectly, match up correctly with the opposing teeth, and have a solid bond so they stay in place.
The porcelain on your crown interacts with light in the same way as real tooth enamel, making a tooth repaired by a crown almost indistinguishable from a natural, healthy tooth. Porcelain is very durable and does not deteriorate so you will be able to enjoy your beautiful results for years to come—especially if you maintain a thorough regimen of oral hygiene that includes daily brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist every six months as scheduled for a professional cleaning and a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth.
Installing a Crown
You can expect the installation of a crown to take place over at least two visits to our office:
- At the initial visit, one of our Miami cosmetic dentists will administer an anesthetic, then remove any area of damage or decay from the tooth.
- After the tooth is cleaned thoroughly, impressions will be taken of the tooth. These impressions are used as a model for fabricating your beautiful new porcelain crown.
- A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth.
- At your second appointment, which typically is scheduled a week or two later or whenever your permanent crown has been received from one of our dental labs, we will bond your new crown to your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Miami
For further information, please see Questions about Dental Crowns. Please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.