At Gumucio Dental, many of our patients have had dental crowns (or crown & bridge treatment) to restore their beautiful smiles. But many haven’t, and we often get questions about what a crown is and why we would place one. We’re glad to take a moment today to give you a general overview and let you know why this technique is so successful, popular, and in demand.
What is a dental crown?
A crown (or cap) is a fixed prosthetic device which simply means it’s a tooth restoration that you don’t remove – it stays permanently in your mouth to support and strengthen a tooth. It also refines its shape, alignment, color, and function. In days past, most crowns were made of gold, but now, because of their beauty, strength, and natural look, most crowns are made of porcelain. They’re so life-like, only you and your dentist will know that you’re sporting one.
The most common uses for crowns include:
- Preventing a weak tooth from breaking
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Preserving & supporting a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Supporting tooth structure when a significant portion of the tooth has been filled
- Covering severely discolored or poorly shaped teeth
- Affixing a replacement tooth (called a pontic) to make a bridge after tooth loss.
Dental crowns are extremely durable and function the way your own teeth do. They can be placed on incisors (biting teeth toward the front of your mouth) or molars (grinding teeth at the back of your mouth) and can last a very long time with regular thorough oral hygiene care – brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dental team at least twice a year for your professional cleanings and preventive check-up.
If you think a dental crown would help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence, call us today. As your general dentist, we will talk with you about the benefits, answer your questions, and together, decide which treatment is best for your smile.
At Gumucio Dental, we have been helping families just like yours as a dentist in Belle Glade and the Wellington, FL areas since 1981. From kind and gentle preventive care including professional teeth cleaning to cosmetic veneers & teeth whitening, tooth replacement options like dentures & dental implants, and restorations including dental crowns, we’re here for your family’s smiles. And with locations in Belle Glade and Loxahatchee (in the Palms West Hospital Campus) to serve you better, you can get the care you need – when and where you need it.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Nelson Gumucio, Dentist in the Wellington, FL area and Belle Glade