Dental Crowns

Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your teeth with brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, damage can occur to your teeth. Grinding and clenching, old dental restorations, decay, injuries, and other issues can all lead to the need to restore and protect a damaged tooth. In many cases, dental crowns, also frequently called “tooth caps,” are an economical and effective way to do just that.

Dental crown options

At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL, Dr. Ryan Lepore provides patients with custom-designed crowns for a healthy tooth that blends in seamlessly with your smile. Several different materials are available to fabricate your crown: for example, crowns can be made from all porcelain, porcelain that is baked onto a metal framework, or one of the modern dental ceramics that offer strength and beautiful aesthetics. Typically all-porcelain crowns at used at our office.

In addition to protecting and restoring a damaged tooth, dental crowns can be used for a variety of reasons, such as replacing a missing tooth on top of a dental implant, anchoring a dental bridge in place, or for cosmetic issues such as permanent discolorations or stains. Dental crowns are typically indicated over fillings when more than 50% of the tooth’s structure is compromised due to already large fillings, extensive tooth decay or recurrent decay under old fillings.

Crown vs. Filling:

Placing a dental crown

To place a dental crown, Dr. Lepore will first consult with you to determine the best options for your specific treatment plan, such as which material will be used for your crown. Then, he will perform the following steps:

  • Shape the tooth to prepare it for the crown so that the crown has a natural fit and function within your mouth and bite
  • Take impressions of the tooth so that the crown can be custom-fabricated by his expert dental laboratory.
  • Once the crown is ready, Dr. Lepore checks the fit and adjusts it as needed before cementing it into your mouth with a strong dental cement

The right dental care for you

A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works, and when it comes to dentistry, Dr. Ryan Lepore understands that personalized, custom care is essential to your oral health and wellness. To learn more about the options that are a good fit for your dental needs, call Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL today at (727) 608-4690.

Review by Ambed H.

From the moment I walked into Dr. Lepore‘s office I felt a sense of trust with them. The first big procedure Dr. Lepore performed on me was three cavities and a crown. I was very anxious and not looking forward to it at all. To make a long story short, that three hours in the chair flew by. I was relaxed and told exactly what he was doing throughout the whole procedure. Not to mention the blanket and the massaging dental chair were both amazing; everyone at the office has been extremely nice and helpful.

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