You may have heard of a crown and thought of royalty, but this isn’t the only type of crown available. At Gentle Dentistry, we provide restorations called porcelain dental crowns, which are restorations made to cap a natural tooth and offer an extra layer of protection and strength to an otherwise weakened or susceptible tooth. Dr. Angela Rasmussen of Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, is here to help with restorations such as dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
Porcelain crowns are restorations made to cover a tooth. It has the advantage of looking exactly like the tooth they are protecting, as they can be created to match the patient’s existing teeth. That allows the dentist to perfectly color-match the crown to the patient’s smile and keep the crown from looking significantly different than the rest of the smile for seamless integration. When placed correctly with appropriate adjustments, it will also mimic your current bite. By providing a natural look, there is little evidence of even having dental work completed.
Why porcelain crowns?
Porcelain crowns are a much better choice for patients, especially those who may have a metal allergy. Because they do not contain any metal, there are no adverse reactions that can occur.
They are also far more esthetic and natural looking than older generation crowns. With proper care, patients will find that their porcelain crowns will last many years, lasting a decade or more for many of our patients.
How do I care for my dental crowns?
Dental crowns do not require any more care than the rest of the teeth. Patients who brush, floss, and visit their dentist regularly will often have minor issues with their crowns. Patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as bruxism, however, that can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth, may want to ask about wearing a mouthguard at night to protect their dental crowns and other teeth from unwanted damage.
Do porcelain crowns stain?
Absolutely not! The porcelain used to create our dental crowns is not porous like natural tooth enamel, and therefore maintains its original shade and color from the day it was placed. The natural teeth, however, are susceptible to staining.
Ready to work with the team at Gentle Dentistry? In Tampa, Florida, Dr. Angela Rasmussen of Gentle Dentistry has helped many patients strengthen their smiles with porcelain caps for their teeth. If you are considering porcelain crowns or other dental restorations, call our office at (813) 734-7102 and visit us at 3500 East Fletcher Avenue, Suite #221.