Dental crowns can restore the function and appearance of cracked, decayed, or otherwise compromised teeth. They are also an important part of root canal therapy, repairing teeth that have been severely damaged by infection. Further, a single implant-supported crown can replace a missing tooth. At his Orlando, FL, practice, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz will work meticulously to ensure lifelike results and fully restored oral health. He also has advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, so he can be certain that your restoration will not alter the balance of your bite or put too much pressure on your jaw joints. At the same time, Dr. Gapuz uses very conservative techniques. As a result, your treatment should involve little to no discomfort, and your crown will have a strong foundation for long-lasting results.
When Does Dr. Gapuz Recommend a Dental Crown?
Crowns, sometimes called caps, are primarily designed for restorative purposes. Dr. Gapuz will often recommend this treatment if you have a cracked or weakened tooth. A crown can also be a good option in cases of severe decay. Fillings are the most common treatment for cavities but if decay has affected a larger portion of your tooth, a crown may be the only way to restore its functionality. Similarly, Dr. Gapuz will usually place a crown as the last stage of root canal therapy. After he removes all decayed tissue, you will need a larger restoration to fortify the remaining portion of your tooth.
In many cases, placing a crown is the only way that Dr. Gapuz can save your tooth. Otherwise, you would require extraction and further restorative treatment.
At the same time, crowns are designed to be beautiful, especially at our practice, where we use advanced materials. Dr. Gapuz may place a crown for cosmetic purposes. For instance, a cap can cover up severe stains that do not respond to teeth whitening. A crown can also enhance an unusually shaped or disproportionately small tooth.
Finally, an implant-supported crown can replace a missing tooth and close the space in your smile. Dr. Gapuz is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. With his advanced training and proven skill, he can perform every step of your dental implants treatment.
Removing a small amount of the tooth's structure will ensure a comfortable, seamless fit.
Placing Dental Crowns
To place a traditional dental crown, Dr. Gapuz will first reshape your tooth. He will remove any damaged or decayed tissue, if applicable. He will also create a strong foundation for your crown so it will sit securely over your tooth, and with proper care, allow it to last for years. Then he will create impressions of your reshaped tooth. Often, he can take digital impressions, which are more convenient and accurate than traditional manual molds. He can then send these images to a third-party lab for crown fabrication. There, trusted and highly experienced ceramists will create your crown, so you can enjoy remarkably realistic results. When the restoration is finished, Dr. Gapuz will etch the outside of your tooth and attach the cap with dental cement.
The Benefits of Crowns
A dental crown is one of the most important restorative dentistry treatments because it can address such a diverse range of concerns. Not only will it conceal the effects of any damage, but the restoration will also strengthen the outer structure of your tooth and seal it to keep out bacteria. In fact, in many cases, placing a crown is the only way that Dr. Gapuz can save your tooth. Otherwise, you would require extraction and further restorative treatment. Furthermore, a crown can renew your dental function. Thanks to our durable materials, your restoration should last for years, and you should not have to make any alterations to your diet. Finally, your smile will look younger and healthier, giving you a boost of confidence.
Contact Our Office for a Consultation
If you are struggling with decay, have a missing tooth, or are concerned with the appearance of your smile, contact our office online to find out if a crown is right for you. You can also call (407) 251-5100 for more information.