By Impressive Smiles Dental
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and BridgesDental crowns and bridges are restorative dental treatments that make a major difference in how your smile looks and feels. Learn more about them and what are they used for by reading below, and contact Dr. Robert Perez at his office in Tampa, FL, if you feel that you could benefit from treatment.

What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped dental device that has a hollow center and is used in the restoration of damaged or weakened teeth. Its design is based on a mold of your existing tooth after any damaged enamel is removed from the outer surfaces. When placed on the tooth, the base of the crown will be flush with the gum line and look just like your other teeth. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain material that is shaded to match the rest of your teeth, and they are applied to your smile through the use of strong dental cement.

Advantages of Crowns
You’ll enjoy a number of advantages by having your existing tooth reinforced with a crown. For one, you can count on having a stronger tooth for at least 10 to 15 years. The crown will protect the inner pulp and nerves of the tooth so that it can’t become infected or decayed. The porcelain material used for a crown is very durable, making it less likely to crack or chip. The best advantage you’ll see is how lifelike and natural modern-day crowns look, for they are polished and well-contoured.

The Crown Installation Procedure
At your initial consultation, your Tampa, FL dentist will take X-rays of the affected tooth to ensure that it’s a good fit for a crown. The next step is to remove a few layers of outer enamel to take an impression of the adjusted tooth, which is called an abutment. When the crown is ready, you’ll revisit your dentist to have it bonded to your tooth. The procedure is similar for both crowns and bridges, except that with bridges, there are two crowns installed at once with a “bridged” false tooth in between them.

Get Help Restoring Your Smile
Crowns and bridges can do a lot for your smile, most notably restoring it to full functionality and safeguarding it from future dental problems. Call (813) 962-8888 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Robert Perez at his Tampa, FL, dentist office!