Dental Crowns Tampa, FL

A dental crown is a fixed dental restoration used to repair severely chipped, fractured, or misshapen teeth. In two visits to your Tampa dentist, we can restore a badly damaged tooth to look as good as new.

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Why May You Need a Dental Crown?

Your Tampa dentist will recommend a dental crown if you have a tooth that:

  • Has deep decay
  • Has had root canal therapy
  • Has a broken cusp
  • Is severely chipped
  • Is misshapen
  • Is contributing to malocclusion
  • Has a large filling

Over time, the force from biting, chewing, clenching, and grinding your teeth can lead to tooth damage. This is particularly true if the tooth already has a large filling, or your bite is out of alignment.

A dental crown in Tampa can protect the tooth, adding structure and strength so it can withstand bite pressure.

Signs You Might Need a Dental Crown

Here are a few indicators that a dental crown may be the right fit for you.

  • Your tooth fractured
  • You have a crack in your tooth
  • You have experience cracked tooth syndrome (sensitivity to cold and bite pressure)
  • You’ve had root canal therapy

What Is a Dental Crown in Tampa?

A crown is a dental restoration that fits completely over a damaged tooth. The crown can replace portions of the tooth that have been lost or damaged due to decay or fracture. Dental crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including:

  • Ceramic
  • Zirconia
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Gold

The type of material used to fabricate your crown depends on the needs of your tooth and your aesthetic desires. Many people request porcelain crowns because they look so similar to natural teeth. However, the most biocompatible material is gold, which is why so many dentists recommend gold crowns on posterior teeth. Talk to your Tampa dentist about which material will suit you best.

How Can a Dental Crown Help Your Teeth

If a tooth is damaged from decay or a fracture, there often isn’t enough tooth structure left to support a filling. To keep the tooth, you’ll need a crown. The dental crown will fit over the tooth, adding structure, and making the tooth more stable.

Similarly, a tooth with a crack becomes weaker every time you bite down, chew something, or grind your teeth. If the crack is not stabilized, you’ll develop painful symptoms, indicating you have cracked tooth syndrome. A crown can stabilize the crack, eliminate your pain, and prevent the crack from getting so deep that it causes the tooth to fracture.

Cracks are also highways for bacteria, delivering it straight to the pulp chamber. Stabilizing a crack with a dental crown in Tampa can prevent bacteria from reaching the pulp, thereby preventing dental decay and the eventual need for root canal therapy.

Types of Dental Crowns

As mentioned, your Tampa dentist will recommend the best type of crown for your needs, but here’s a breakdown of the most common dental crown options.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are stable and highly resistant to wear. These crowns are highly biocompatible because they don’t contain any metals. Porcelain can also be matched perfectly to the shade of your natural teeth, so no one will know you’ve had restorative dental work.

Metal Crowns

A metal crown is durable and long-lasting – even longer than porcelain. Therefore, it is often recommended for posterior teeth, which experience the bulk of the force from biting, chewing, and grinding.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

These crowns give you the best of both worlds. You get the strength of a metal crown with the aesthetic advantages of a porcelain crown. The downside of these crowns is that they require more tooth structure removal than the other types of crowns.

Dental Crowns Can Restore Damaged Teeth and Prevent Further Injury

Few procedures can serve dual purposes – particularly those of a preventative and restorative nature. But dental crowns do just that. They restore damage from cracks, fractures, and decay. By stabilizing the tooth, dental crowns in Tampa also prevent further breakdown of the teeth, the development of dental decay, and infection of the tooth’s pulp. If you’ve been told you have a cracked tooth or need a dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact us to help repair your damaged tooth.

Are you experiencing bite pressure sensitivity or sensitivity to cold foods and beverages? These are signs you might have a cracked tooth. Contact us to schedule an evaluation with your Tampa dentist.

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