Dental Crowns Tampa, FL

At Mangrove Bay Dentistry, our experienced dentist, Dr. Tran, restores worn, decayed, and fractured teeth with natural-looking dental crowns for hundreds of patients each year in his Oldsmar dentist office. Each long-lasting crown is custom made according to Dr. Tran's instructions by one of our preferred dental ceramists, and will restore the healthy function and appearance of your smile.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic covering (cap) that fully covers a tooth, extending all the way down its sides to the gum line. Crowns are used to restore the strength and beauty of a tooth that is broken, decayed or weakened. They also can be used to anchor a dental bridge if you have lost a tooth. The advanced materials and exact fit of today's crowns ensure that your crowned teeth will look, feel and function just like natural ones.

Although a crown typically goes on top of a damaged tooth, a crown also can be put on top of a dental implant. If you have lost a tooth or will soon lose it, an implant-supported crown may be recommended.

What Does A Dental Crown Treat?

Dr. Tran may recommend the use a dental crown to restore or cosmetically improve a tooth that has:

  • had root canal therapy
  • been fractured or broken
  • suffered extensive dental decay
  • become weakened by a large or cracked filling
  • become excessively worn
  • suffered severe enamel staining or discoloration
  • an irregular size or shape

What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?

Dr. Tran offers a full range of restorative materials to choose from to create your custom dental crown. When deciding on which material is best for your crown, he will go over all your options and help you decide which choice is right for your circumstances based on the strength needed, appearance, and cost. All our dental crowns are made from high-quality materials that provide long-lasting results. There are four types of tooth-colored crowns including:

  • All-porcelain crowns have the most natural appearance but have limited strength compared to the following options
  • Porcelain-fused-on-metal (PFM) crowns provide more strength and a very natural appearance
  • Porcelain-fused-on-zirconia crowns provide a natural appearance and even greater strength. They are a popular choice for longevity as well as aesthetics.
  • Zirconia is slightly translucent so when it is used for the core of a crown, the crown has more lifelike sparkle than a metal core. A zirconia core costs a little more than a metal core.
  • All-zirconia crowns are the optimal choice when the need for strength outweighs the desire for the more life-like appearance of porcelain.

How Do You Care For A Dental Crown?

Tooth-colored dental crowns do not become stained like natural tooth enamel. Despite this, you will still need to diligently brush and floss your crowned teeth to keep dental plaque from developing. If bacterial inflammation is allowed to advance in the surrounding gum tissue, damage could occur to the periodontal gum and bone tissue, and dental decay could occur at the base of the crown. If the tooth did not have root canal therapy prior to being crowned, a painful infection could develop under the crown. These are all good reasons to brush and floss at least twice daily with the last brushing occurring before going to sleep at night. We also recommend regular prophylactic dental cleanings or periodontal maintenance therapy in our dental office so we can monitor the health of your teeth and crown.

The Dental Crown Procedure

To begin the dental crown process, Dr. Tran will help you select an appropriate material for your dental crown. He will then make sure that any decayed or damaged material is removed from your tooth. This process will also create room for the crown so that it will lie flat against your tooth and maintain the natural force of your bite. We will apply a topical numbing gel to your gum tissue, and once you are numb, he will gently deliver a necessary local anesthetic so you will be comfortable while he is preparing your tooth.

After reshaping your tooth, impressions will be made of your mouth, and Dr. Tran will quickly create a temporary crown of tooth-colored acrylic while you wait. This provisional crown will be placed on the prepared tooth before you go home so you can smile and eat with ease while you wait for your custom crown to be completed.

At your next appointment, Dr. Tran will remove the temporary crown and bond or cement your permanent crown in place. Before you leave the office, he will ensure you have a comfortable bite and are happy with the appearance of your new tooth. He can make slight modifications in the form of the crown before you leave the office. If you experience discomfort in the tooth, in the gum tissue around the crown, or even in your chewing muscles during the days that follow crown placement, we ask you to please call Mangrove Bay Dentistry to schedule a complimentary evaluation and adjustment.

Dr. Tran has had extensive training and experience in root canal therapy. Should you need root canal treatment, he can treat the root canal, prepare your tooth for a crown, and provide a temporary crown all in a single appointment-and all in the comfort of our one location.

Do You Think You May Need A Dental Crown?

If you live in the Tampa Bay or Clearwater area and have a painful tooth, or think you might need a crown, reach out to us today at (813) 544-6778

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