Dental Crowns for Restoration

A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. This appliance protects and strengthens the tooth structure if it cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Call Martinez Dental Solutions today to request an appointment.

Durable & Protective Tooth Crowns

Although there are several types of tooth crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) dental crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Dental crowns can repair and maintain tooth issues, such as:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Root canal therapy

How Is a Crown Applied?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.

During your first appointment, while the tooth is numb, our dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. One or several highly accurate molds (or impressions) will be taken to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to fabricate a temporary tooth cap, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is complete. The temporary crown will be affixed with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure a proper fit. In particular cases, we may use the CEREC CAD/CAM technology to fabricate your crown.

At your second appointment, approximately two weeks later, your temporary tooth cap will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

Please note: It is important for the permanent restoration to be placed in a timely manner. Temporary dental crowns are not designed to be attached for extended periods and may break down over time. This leads to multiple issues such as recurrent decay, the need for a root canal, and/or root canals failing and needing re-treatment. If temporaries remain in too long, they can harm the gum tissue, causing recession. The tooth crown that was fabricated may no longer fit, requiring new impressions and a new restoration, resulting in an additional expense.

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What to Expect After Each Appointment

You may experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity. Your gums may also be sore for several days. If an anesthetic was used during your appointment, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

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General Instructions While the Temporary Crown Is in Place

  • DO eat only regular soft foods like rice and small pieces of meat
  • AVOID eating sticky foods, such as gum, and hard or crunchy foods like nuts, chips, popcorn, and ice
  • IF POSSIBLE, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth
  • DO brush normally
  • DO floss carefully and remove the floss from the side in order to prevent removal of the temporary crown
  • KEEP the temporary in place to ensure the proper fit of your final restoration. If the temporary comes off for some reason, keep it and call the office as soon as possible so we can re-cement it. If you cannot come into the office right away, you may use a small amount of Fixodent or Vaseline to hold the crown/bridge in place temporarily

When Should You Notify the Doctor?

  • Persistent pain
  • Temporary crown comes off
  • Uneven bite
  • Allergic reaction to medications including skin rashes, hives, elevated temperature, increased and/or erratic heart rate, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/fainting and blurred vision

Why Choose Martinez Dental Solutions?

  • Our dentists are caring and thoughtful professionals that provide dental solutions that are second-to-none, ensuring every patient receives quality care geared toward restoring and enhancing their smile.
  • We have 3D imaging technology in-house for more precise treatment planning
  • We offer same-day crown services with our CEREC CAD/CAM technology
  • Many dental services performed in-house such as composite fillings, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, and partial dentures
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Dental Care Experts in Jacksonville

At Martinez Dental Solutions, we perform a wide range of dental care services such as dental exams, cleaning and preventative solutions, dental restorations, and cosmetic dental procedures including composite fillings, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, dental implants, and porcelain veneers. Request an appointment today. Located in Jacksonville, we serve Riverside, San Marco, Fleming Island, St. Augustine, Middleburg, and all surrounding communities.

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