Dental Crowns in St. Petersburg, FL
At Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, Florida, we offer several types of dental restorations that help repair both physical and esthetic dental issues as well as restore functionality to the teeth when necessary. Dr. Jason Olvera has helped many of our patients enjoy a renewed smile with our high-quality restorations.
You have many options for restoring the health and beauty of your smile, and we know that you probably have lots of questions about each. We have collected some of the questions we hear most often from our patients and answered them below. If you still need more information and would like to schedule a commitment-free consultation, please call Dental Dimensions to arrange an appointment with Dr. Olvera.
- What does a dental crown do?
- How long does it take to get a crown?
- What types of crowns do you offer?
- What are some problems dental crowns can fix?
- How do porcelain dental veneers improve my smile?
- Do veneers correct problems like gaps between teeth?
Fixed Dental Bridges
- I’ve been told I can’t get an implant. Is a dental bridge a good alternative?
- Can anyone tell if I have a bridge?
- Should I have my teeth whitened before or after I get a dental bridge?
- What's the best way to care for my restorations?
What does a dental crown do?
A dental crown is a fixed dental restoration that encases the entire tooth and provides protection and stability for damaged and fractured teeth. Unlike a filling, they cover the tooth completely like a helmet and take on much of the force from chewing.
The image to the right is a fractured molar containing a very large silver filling. Since the cracked part of the tooth extended far below the gum line, the tooth was deemed unrestorable.
A crown would have protected the remaining natural tooth structure and reduced the risk of fracturing. If the patient had restored this tooth with a crown before the catastrophic fracture, we might have saved the tooth.
How long does it take to get a crown?
Typically, dental crowns take two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, we prepare the tooth and remove any damaged tooth structure or decay. We will also make space for your dental crown to fit naturally.
We take impressions of the tooth and send it off to our trusted dental lab to create your final restoration. In the meantime, we will place a temporary protective restoration on your tooth to seal out food and bacteria.
The second appointment is to place your final crown and make any small adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. If you've got more questions about dental implants, please feel free to give our St. Petersburg, FL dental office a call today! We'll be happy to help you out.
What types of crowns do you offer?
You can think of a crown as a protective "cap" with the anatomical shape of a tooth. We commonly use three different types of dental crowns here at our St. Petersburg dental office:
- All-ceramic crowns
- Full gold crowns
- PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns
Many patients choose to have all-ceramic or porcelain crowns, especially on teeth that are visible when you smile. Each dental crown is a customized restoration designed to fit and look just like natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be colored and shaded to look just like adjacent teeth. Modern materials even have natural-looking translucent options.
What are some problems dental crowns can fix?
Dental crowns are one of the most valuable and versatile restorations we offer because they address so many issues:
- Cracked teeth, especially when pressure creates pain
- Teeth previously treated with root canal therapy
- Restorable fractured teeth
- Teeth with moderate-to-advanced wear
- Teeth with existing large fillings
- Teeth with esthetic flaws like an old silver filling
What are dental onlays?
A dental onlay is a permanent fixed dental restoration that covers just the damaged part of a tooth. The dental onlay is the restoration of choice when a damaged tooth cannot support a dental filling, but restoring the tooth with a crown would remove too much healthy tooth structure.
How long do dental onlays last?
How long your onlays last depends on several factors. Perhaps the best way to protect your dentistry is to care for it properly. When you care for your teeth and smile, restorations like dental onlays and crowns can last between five and fifteen years. In some cases, dental restorations can last even longer.
How do porcelain dental veneers improve my smile?
Veneers are thin porcelain dental restorations that Dr. Olvera bonds to the front of teeth. Veneer restorations require a minimal amount of tooth preparation.
The biggest benefit of restoring teeth with veneers is the incredibly natural appearance of the restorations without the need to remove a great deal of tooth structure. Dental veneers are an extremely reliable restoration with a 90 percent success rate over ten years when the veneer is bonded to enamel.
Do veneers correct problems like gaps between teeth?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice whether you want to make a few improvements to your smile or you’re looking for a dramatic makeover:
- Close gaps between your front teeth
- Lengthen worn edges of your front teeth
- Change the shape and contour of your teeth
- Remove surface stains and pitting
- Slightly to moderately change the color of your teeth
I’ve been told I can’t get an implant. Is a dental bridge a good alternative?
When an implant has been ruled out as a treatment option to restore a space or spaces left by missing teeth, an alternative treatment option is to have a bridge fabricated. A bridge is comprised of a false dental tooth that is connected between your natural teeth by crowns. Missing teeth can affect your ability to chew as well as change the sound of your speech, cause other teeth to move, and are aesthetically unappealing.
Can anyone tell if I have a bridge?
Dental bridges can blend in very well with your surrounding natural teeth thanks to the aid of color photography. When creating bridges and other restorations, Dr. Olvera provides his dental laboratory with color photographs of your teeth to capture the shade and contours so that the laboratory can fabricate the most natural-looking restoration possible.
A highly esthetic dental bridge is about more than just matching the color of the adjacent teeth. Different people have differently shaped teeth that give their smiles a unique look. Dr. Olvera will take all of this information into account when creating a dental bridge so that your restoration looks natural and seamless.
Should I whiten my teeth before or after I get a dental bridge?
If you have stained teeth and would like a brighter smile, teeth whitening before beginning the dental bridge process will give you better results. If you wait to whiten your teeth until after you have your bridge permanently placed, it might stand out against the brighter color of your natural teeth.
What's the best way to care for my restorations?
Practicing excellent home care, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will prevent secondary decay, which can put any dental restoration at risk. We will take diagnostic x-rays to identify any problems.
If you grind or clench your teeth, your natural teeth and dentistry can break down quickly. Just like your natural teeth, a dental restoration can fracture or fall out when placed under extreme stress, and grinding your teeth all night will reduce a restorations longevity. A custom night guard puts a barrier between your upper and lower teeth and makes your crown less likely to fracture.
For patients with a heavy bite or grinding habit, we may recommend full gold crowns for posterior teeth (those in the back of your mouth).
Dr. Olvera is a fabulous dentist! His attention to detail is phenomenal! He is meticulous and really works hard to make your smile perfect, yet natural. -- Peggy and Tim Jones Read More