Dental Veneers in Coral Gables, FL
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are essentially ‘caps’ placed over existing teeth. They are fixed prosthetic devices, meaning they cannot be removed by a patient once they are cemented in place. Crowns can help restore the look and strength of a tooth. They are normally shaped like natural teeth.
Are dental crowns right for me?
Crowns are generally used to help weakened teeth that need support, which may have been caused by:
- Trauma to the tooth
- The effects of a root canal
- Erosion of the tooth by a cavity
Crowns restore a tooth’s ability to chew and function properly.
What’s involved in getting a crown?
First, Dr. Alves will remove any fillings or decay in the affected area, so that she can determine the health of a tooth to make sure a crown is the right option. Next, she will prepare the tooth and replace the missing portions with porcelain, which will provide full 360° support to provide strength and avoid cracks later on. Dr. Alves often tells patients to picture a crown like a wine barrel, as it fully surrounds the tooth to keep it together and prevent it from breaking.