Dental Crown

Alpha Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentists & Periodontists located in Lake Worth, FL

Crowns not only fix your smile, but also strengthen your tooth and improve its shape. If you have a broken, cracked, or worn down tooth, the dental experts at Alpha Dental may be able to give you back your smile with a dental crown. If you live in or near Lake Worth, Florida, call the office or book an appointment online.

Dental Crown Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that covers, or caps, a damaged tooth. Unlike dentures, the dentist permanently cements a crown in place, which means it can’t be removed.

Crowns improve the look, strength, shape, or alignment of your tooth.

Why would I need a dental crown?

There are a number of reasons you may need a dental crown, including:

  • Fix broken or damaged teeth
  • Treatment for a cavity that can’t be fixed with a filling
  • Cap for a dental implant
  • Cover a root canal
  • Protect a worn-down or weakened tooth

The dental experts at Alpha Dental determine if a crown is a good fix for you after an oral examination.

How is a crown placed?

Crown placement may require a few visits to the office. After the initial examination, you need to come in so the dentist can shape your natural tooth for your crown. Once your tooth is shaped, the dentist makes an impression, which is used to make your permanent crown. The dentist then places a temporary crown to protect your tooth.

Your permanent crown is made in a lab and designed to match your bite and tooth color. Once the dental crown is ready, which can take up to two weeks, then the dental specialist at Alpha Dental has you come back for placement.

The dentist gently removes your temporary crown, cleans the area, and places your new crown on the shaped tooth. Adjustments are made to the crown to ensure your bite matches for both function and comfort.

Then, the dentist permanently cements the crown in place.

How do I care for the crown after placement?

You should treat your crown as you do all your other teeth with daily brushing and flossing and regularly scheduled visits to the team at Alpha Dental. To prevent damage to your crown, avoid chewing on ice or hard foods, such as popcorn kernels or hard candy.

Crowns are strong and durable, and when well cared for, they last many years.

If you’d like to fix a broken tooth or want to know more about dental crowns, call the office or book an appointment online.