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Dental Crowns – Orange Park, FL

Offering Greater Protection for Weak Teeth

A middle-aged woman smiling and propping her elbow on a table, showing off her repaired smile thanks to a dental crown in Federal Way

When a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, there is typically only one solution that will not only fix the problem but also prevent the need for an extraction. Most dentists will always look for a way to help you keep your natural tooth as long as possible, which is why Dr. Nawrocki will recommend a dental crown in Federal Way. This protective restoration will prove extremely beneficial in helping to restore and rebuild your natural tooth structure, all while offering an aesthetically pleasing appearance. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nawrocki, contact us today.

What is a Dental Crown?

A digital image of the bottom row of teeth and a dental crown being placed over a tooth that has been prepped

A dental crown, also known as a “cap,” is a custom-made restoration that is used to protect a weakened tooth. Whether caused by decay or damage, a crown is used when a filling is not enough to sufficiently fix the problem.

For decades, dentists have used dental crowns as a safe and effective way to treat common dental problems; however, in the past, traditional amalgam was used (i.e. silver, gold). While these materials are still used today, alternatives are now available to provide patients with a more blended, beautiful appearance. Also, ceramic and other metal-free restorations make it possible for individuals with allergies and sensitivities to metal to receive necessary treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

A middle-aged man looking at his smile while a dentist and dental assistant look on

If you are undecided as to how you want to move forward with protecting your damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Nawrocki will be happy to provide a list of benefits that can come from choosing a dental crown. You will find that they:

  • Prevent additional decay
  • Strengthen teeth
  • Improve your appearance
  • Reshape teeth
  • Mask tooth discoloration
  • Restore decayed, cracked, or damaged teeth
  • Can easily replace silver crowns
  • Are durable

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?

A young woman wearing a beige sweater, holding her cheek in pain because of a decayed tooth

While each patient is different and varying circumstances can lead to necessary dental crown placement, you should know that if any of the following scenarios occur, you will likely be a qualified candidate for treatment:

  • Replace a large filling
  • Protect a weakened tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a broken or fractured tooth
  • Attach a dental bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover dark tooth discoloration
  • Improve the size and shape of a tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy

How Do I Get a Dental Crown?

A dentist examining a male patient’s teeth to determine if a dental crown is the appropriate method of treatment

To move forward with receiving a dental crown, it will be necessary to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Nawrocki. During this visit, he will examine your smile and determine the proper method of treatment for your problem tooth. If it is decided that a dental crown is an appropriate solution, you will schedule an appointment to begin the first phase of treatment.

When you arrive for your next appointment, our team will administer a numbing agent to keep you relaxed and feeling no discomfort during the process. We will thoroughly clean out the decayed areas of your tooth before filling it with a composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. Once it is hardened into place using a curing light, Dr. Nawrocki will prep the tooth by filing it down. This will allow for the finalized restoration to be cemented into place.

After taking impressions of your tooth, he will send them off to a dental lab where technicians will work to create your customized dental crown. You will be fitted with a temporary to wear in the meantime.

After several weeks, you will return to have the temporary removed and your finalized restoration put into place.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Three tooth-colored dental crowns, each custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of the natural tooth

Depending on how well you take care of your new dental crown, it can last anywhere from 5-15 years. You will need to follow a few tips to ensure your restoration has a long lifespan, some of which include:

  • Avoiding hard, crunchy foods that can cause your crown to chip or break
  • Avoiding sticky foods, as these can cause your restoration to come off
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine to ensure the tooth underneath does not become re-infected

Keeping your regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Nawrocki to allow him to check your restoration for any issues