Dental Crowns in Vero Beach
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap-like cover for a tooth that is damaged in some way, either severely decayed, cracked, or chipped. When there isn’t enough tooth enamel left for a filling, a crown can cover what’s left of the tooth, preserving the natural root. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain or metal, and which type is used depends on a few factors such as the location of the tooth and whether or not it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth.
The crown placement procedure involves filing down the existing tooth enamel to make room for the crown. Then the crown is cemented into place over the remaining tooth. If the crown is covering a baby tooth, the tooth will shed naturally in time. A crown over a permanent tooth will remain in place for many years but may eventually need to be replaced due to wear.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have many benefits as a tooth restoration option.
- Preserve the natural tooth root. One of the biggest benefits of a dental crown is that the natural tooth root can remain in place. A crowned tooth can withstand the bite force of a natural tooth and doesn’t require any special care.
- Save money. Restoring a tooth with a crown costs less than replacing it with a bridge or a dental implant. It can also reduce the need for future dental or orthodontic treatment.
- Relieve sensitivity. A severely damaged tooth can often be sensitive to cold, heat, and even sugar. But a crown restoration can relieve sensitivity by providing a barrier between aggravators and the nerves inside the teeth.
Is My Child a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dentists often recommend crowns for both baby teeth and permanent teeth that are too damaged for a filling to be effective. If your child has a tooth that is severely decayed with multiple cavities or a significant chip or crack, they are most likely a good candidate for a crown. Even though baby teeth do eventually fall out, they can remain in the mouth for many years before they are ready to be shed. A crown can protect the tooth until that time to prevent pain and allow it to function normally.
Why Choose Dental Buddies of Vero Beach?
As a pediatric dental practice, we have extensive experience working with children and their parents. Our warm and welcoming dental team provides a relaxing environment that is also fun so that children can look forward to going to the dentist. Another benefit of Dental Buddies of Vero Beach is that we offer both dental and orthodontic services in one convenient location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental Buddies of Vero Beach provides pediatric dental crowns in Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-226-6888 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental crowns are used whenever a tooth has more decay or damage than we can repair with a dental filling. Rather than extracting the tooth and having to replace it with a space maintainer or permanent restoration, a crown allows us to save much of your child’s natural tooth and maintain space for the adult tooth, which is the best possible outcome for their oral health. Crowns restore strength and function to a compromised tooth and they also restore the appearance of their smile.
The Pediatric Dental Crown Process
Our Dental Buddies patients’ crowns are provided by our affiliate Dental Partners of Vero Beach. We provide CEREC® technology. With CEREC® technology, crowns are completed in the same day, in one visit. The CEREC® technology utilizes an infrared camera that takes 3D images of the damaged tooth and sends these images directly to our CEREC machine. A crown is milled inside the machine in the office, providing us with the ability to complete the crown procedure the same day.
What is CEREC®?
CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It’s a mouthful, so we just refer to it as CEREC® or same-day crowns. CEREC® is a system that allows us to use computer-aided design (CAD) technology to design a crown and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to fabricate it right in our office for better, faster results.
CEREC® same-day crown services for our pediatric patients are currently being provided in our affiliate office of Dental Partners of Vero Beach. Please inquire for additional information.