Dental Crowns in Jupiter, FL
Having a weak or cracked tooth increases the likelihood of developing more advanced dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Defective teeth can be protected with a dental crown, alleviating future concerns about these issues. At Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, we offer dental crowns for patients who live in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns fit to your natural tooth to provide an additional layer of protection. Also known as “caps”, dental crowns are applied with a special adhesive to offer a permanent cover to the damaged tooth. Crowns are also used for cosmetic reasons, such as to cover a discolored, cracked or broken tooth. In these cases, Dr. Kacham may recommend a porcelain crown.
Dental Crowns Benefits and Treatment Options
The benefits of dental crowns stem from their ability to protect a damaged tooth. Dr. Kacham recommends dental crowns for patients who have a tooth that is:
Why are Dental Crowns Necessary?
Dental crowns can be used alone or in conjunction with a bridge or implants. The crown may be intended to improve oral health or to improve the appearance and function of a tooth. A weak or cracked tooth is more likely to break and allow bacteria to penetrate the gum line, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. A discolored tooth makes you feel insecure about smiling, and broken teeth make it more difficult to talk and chew food properly.
What is the Procedure for Dental Crowns?
At Smiles Dentistry, we offer dental crowns in several styles to suit your budget and personal preferences, such as resin, porcelain and alloys. The style you choose will have cosmetic, functional, and cost considerations, so Dr. Kacham will help you decide which type of dental crown is right for you. Placing a crown on a tooth requires two appointments:
- During the first appointment, your natural tooth is shaped to allow the crown to fit properly. This usually entails removing some of the enamel. Dr. Kacham then makes a mold of the tooth, which is used to create the permanent crown. She may apply a temporary crown if the location of the tooth affects your ability to talk or chew your food.
- The permanent dental crown is applied to the tooth during the second appointment. A special adhesive is used to keep the crown in place. Dr. Kacham will check the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments.
An optional third appointment may be scheduled so that Dr. Kacham can evaluate the fit of the crown after a period of time. During this later appointment, she will ask about any discomfort you may be experiencing, as well as your ability to properly clean the crown and surrounding teeth and gums.
Preparing for Dental Crowns
A dental examination by Dr. Kacham will reveal if you have a weak or cracked tooth or other problem that can be treated with a dental crown. Once she determines that a dental crown is the best option for you, Dr. Kacham will explain the procedure and the benefits of having a dental crown.
Recovery from Dental Crowns
If Dr. Kacham applies a temporary dental crown to the tooth during your first appointment, you will need to take these steps to keep the crown in place:
- Avoid chewy, hard or sticky foods that may dislodge the crown.
- Whenever possible, do not chew on the side with the temporary crown.
- Modify your flossing and brushing technique as described by Dr. Kacham.
After the permanent crown is in place, you can eat normally, and should also follow a healthy dental care routine that includes regular brushing and flossing. You should not have any discomfort after the permanent crown is installed. If you have tenderness, problems chewing, pain or swelling, contact Smiles Dentistry to schedule a follow-up appointment.
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost in Jupiter?
Dental insurance typically covers a portion of dental crowns, but you will have some out-of-pocket expenses. After your consultation, we will review your coverage and explain what part of the cost is your responsibility. Payment can be made by cash, personal check, and credit card. To help with your budgeting, we also accept dental financing through CareCredit®.
Are Dental Crowns Right for Me?
A dental crown may be right for you if you have a tooth that needs additional protection due to a crack, weakened state or chip in the tooth. Crowns can also be used to cover a discolored tooth that cannot be corrected with tooth whitening. If you are having a dental bridge or implants, crowns are used as part of those procedures.
Dental crowns, or “caps,” are placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve oral health, function, and appearance. Crowns are also used as part of bridges and implants. If you are interested in dental crowns and live in Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, contact us to schedule a consultation with Sharada Kacham, DDS.