At Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, Florida, we have a number of dental restorations available to help repair both physical and esthetic dental issues as well as restore functionality to the teeth when necessary.
We commonly use three different types of crowns here at Dental Dimensions:
- All-ceramic crowns
- PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns
- Gold crowns
You may have heard crowns also referred to as “caps.” A crown can be thought of as a protective cap with the anatomical shape of a tooth.
Why might you need a crown? Crowns are used to prevent the loss of a tooth. The following image is a fractured molar containing a very large silver filling. Because the fractured tooth segment extended far below the gum line, the tooth was deemed unrestorable.
A crown would have protected the remaining natural tooth structure, reducing the risk of fracturing. If the patient had restored this tooth with a crown prior to the catastrophic fracture, the tooth might have been saved.
Other indications for crowning a tooth are:
- Teeth with large cavities
- 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
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.
Veneers are thin porcelain dental restorations that are bonded 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% success rate over ten years when the veneer is bonded to enamel.
Porcelain veneers can:
- 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
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 esthetically unappealing.
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If you suspect you need a restoration or if it is time for your next dental exam, contact Dental Dimensions. We warmly welcome new patients.
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