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Dental Crowns at Sarasota Bay Dental

If your tooth is broken or cracked, or if it is damaged by decay, dental crowns are a versatile restorative option that will help repair a tooth’s structure and appearance. Dr. Miller offers beautiful, natural-looking traditional dental crowns in Sarasota Bay. With his masterful care and compassionate approach, you can rest assured that you’ll receive a high-quality, long-lasting crown from Sarasota Bay Dental.  

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Understanding Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are typically made out of high-grade ceramic porcelain. They are sometimes called “caps” because they are intended to cap and cover up your entire natural tooth structure, protecting it from further damage and decay. Crowns are built to look and feel just like natural teeth, and they are bonded into place permanently using dental cement. This restores your smile and your bite, and ensures that your tooth will not suffer from any more damage.

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Lab-Made Vs. CEREC Same Day Crowns

We offer both lab-made and same day, in-office crowns at Sarasota Bay Dental. Lab-made crowns are typically made of porcelain and a metal base material, and they offer incredible durability with high levels of detail. However, these crowns can take several weeks to manufacture because Dr. Miller must work with an outside dental lab to build your custom crown.

Alternatively, same-day crowns are milled out of a solid block of porcelain using a special CEREC machine. Dr. Miller can take photos and images of your mouth, upload them into a CEREC machine, and create a custom-made crown in under 30 minutes. This often makes same day crowns much more convenient and allows us to restore your smile in just a single appointment.

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The Crown Placement Process

Whether you’re having a lab-made or same day crown placed, the process is very similar. First, Dr. Miller will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area. Next, your tooth will be trimmed and any damaged or decayed enamel will be removed to prepare your tooth for the placement of a crown.

If you are receiving a lab-made crown, impressions will be made of your teeth and sent to an outside dental lab where your crown will be created. When the crown is sent to our office, you’ll come in for your last appointment to have your crown bonded into place permanently.

For a same-day crown, Dr. Miller will use a special powder coating and 3D CEREC scanner to take detailed images of your mouth. Then, he will upload this information into our CEREC machine to create your dental crown. Once the crown has been completed, he will check it for proper size, fit and color, and bond it into place permanently.

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Restore Your Smile At Sarasota Bay Dental!

Whether you would prefer a lab-made or a same-day crown, Dr. Miller is here to help. At Sarasota Bay Dental, we use the latest dental technology to provide stellar dental care at reasonable prices. To learn more and schedule your appointment, contact us at (941) 200-3723, or come to our office at 2809 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243.

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Does Getting a Crown Hurt?

Getting a crown at Sarasota Bay Dental won’t hurt at all. The process is minimally-invasive, and while Dr. Miller will need to use a dental drill to remove some enamel from your tooth, he will use numbing spray and injections near the treatment site to make sure you don’t feel any pain.

You won’t feel any discomfort after your treatment, either. Your tooth will be covered by a temporary crown to protect it after it’s been trimmed, and once your final crown is in place, your tooth will feel completely natural.

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How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

This depends on where your crown is located, the material, how well you care for your teeth and your crown, and a few other factors. Generally, though, modern porcelain dental crowns can be expected to last at least 10-20 years before requiring repairs or replacement, so they last a very long time.

To keep your crown in great shape and prolong its lifespan, the most important thing to do is to maintain great at-home oral hygiene. Eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, and brush and floss regularly. You also should see Dr. Miller for a checkup every six months so that he can make sure your crown is in great shape.

These steps are important because they help prevent the tooth below your crown from decaying. Tooth decay under crowns is a leading cause of premature crown failure, so avoiding decay is very important.

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What Happens If I Don’t Get a Crown?

This depends on why you need a crown. If you’re just getting a crown for cosmetic reasons, like to cover up a misshapen or deeply-stained tooth, nothing bad will happen. Your tooth will just look the same.

But if your dentist recommends a crown because your tooth is damaged or severely decayed, you definitely need to follow this recommendation. If you don’t get a crown, negative consequences will likely occur.

If your tooth has a large cavity or is broken, it will likely become infected. When oral bacteria eat through the outer layers of the tooth, they will get inside the pulp that keeps your tooth alive. This pulp is filled with nerves, so this will cause a very painful toothache.

Once the tooth is infected, the only way to treat it is to perform a root canal. This involves opening up the tooth and removing the decayed material from the inside, and it’s more expensive than just getting a dental crown.

And if you continue to delay dental treatment even after your tooth becomes infected, it’s entirely possible that the tooth will die completely and fall out of your mouth, or require tooth extraction. 

For all of these reasons, always listen to your dentist if they say you need a dental crown to protect your tooth. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and getting a crown right away will help you save time and money, prevent further complications, and avoid the pain and discomfort of a toothache.

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