Dental Crowns – Jacksonville, FL
Revitalizing Teeth That Have Been Badly Damaged
Minor dental damage can often be fixed with a filling. But what if your tooth is significantly damaged or has suffered from extensive decay? In these cases, Dr. Altenbach may determine that a dental crown is needed to help you regain a healthy smile. A well-made crown will allow the tooth in question to function normally again while also strengthening and protecting it. Is a dental crown the key to repairing your grin? You can find out by calling our office and scheduling a consultation.
Why Choose Altenbach Dentistry for Dental Crowns?
- Natural-Looking EMAX and Zirconia Crowns
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
- Compassionate Team That Truly Cares
What is a Dental Crown?
You likely already have a general idea of what a dental crown is: a cap that is designed to cover your tooth. What you may not realize is just how versatile crowns are. They have all kinds of uses, such as:
- Restoring the shape of a badly damaged or decayed tooth.
- Strengthening a tooth that has been weakened to the point where it might break otherwise.
- Keeping a dental bridge in place.
- Acting as a new tooth (when combined with a single dental implant).
While some patients may remember a time when dental crowns were mainly made of metal, those days have long passed. Our team favors EMAX and zirconia crowns, which can be carefully personalized in order to match the natural appearance of your other teeth. Rest assured that crowns made out of tooth-colored materials are as durable as they are dazzling.
The Dental Crown Process
You should generally plan on making room in your schedule for at least two appointments if you decide to get a dental crown. The first visit primarily involves preparing the tooth that will receive the restoration. Some enamel will be filed away to make the necessary room for a crown that can sit flush with your other teeth. Then, we will capture an impression of your smile. Said impression will be sent to the laboratory that will be responsible for making the permanent crown. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
After a certain amount of time (often around two to three weeks), the final crown will be sent back to our office. At that point, we can schedule a second appointment so that the restoration can be attached to your tooth. We’ll give you tips for taking proper care of your new crown.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
Once you have received a personalized dental crown from Altenbach Dentistry, you will be able to enjoy the following advantages:
- The damaged portions of your tooth will be protected, making it less likely that additional, more invasive procedures will be needed in the future.
- You will be able to show off your smile with confidence again thanks to the lifelike restoration.
- It will be easier to properly chew all of your favorite foods.
- You can rest easy knowing that your dental crown can be counted on to last a long time. (The average lifespan of a crown is between 5 to 15 years, and you can help it last longer with the right care.)