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Dental Crowns

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a “cap” that’s placed over a damaged tooth. Crowns can be used to protect, cover, or simply improve the appearance of a tooth. They can restore a tooth’s original:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Strength

Reasons For A Dental Crown

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for any of the following reasons:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking completely
  • To restore a worn-down tooth
  • To cover a misshapen tooth
  • To cover a tooth that is severely discolored

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Types Of Crowns Available

All-metal (Gold, Nickel, Or Another Alloy)

Can withstand chewing and biting and last the longest. Metal crowns rarely break or chip, but the visible metallic color can be a drawback to most adults. All-metal crowns are rarely used today, and most commonly used for molars that are out of sight.

Porcelain Fused To Metal

Can be color-matched to your current teeth or tooth. Porcelain crowns can break or wear down the surrounding teeth. Crowns that use porcelain fused to metal look like normal teeth and are commonly used for front or back teeth. At Dr. Patty Miami we very rarely use this type of crown because it tends to leave a dark ring around the gum of the crown and is not as cosmetically pleasing as other alternatives.

All Resin

Less expensive than other crowns but are prone to fracturing and may wear down more quickly than other types. Resin crowns are most commonly used as a temporary fix.

All Ceramic

Ceramic crowns offer you the best color match and are great for people that suffer from metal allergies. Most of all, porcelain crowns are the most cosmetically appealing and are the #1 choice of crowns at Dr. Patty Miami.

Why Choose Dr. Patty?

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Excellent dental care and outstanding customer service are not the only things that set us apart. At Dr. Patty Miami, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the mark to offer our clients an upscale, anxiety-free experience at every visit.

Discover the exclusive perks offered at Dr. Patty Miami:

Numbness reversal

Numbness can be limiting, affecting one’s speech, smile, and ability to drink after a visit. Dr. Patty’s reversal process allows clients to leave the dental boutique and carry on with their day as if nothing happened, so you don’t have to worry about canceling your engagements after your procedure.

Laser

The professionals at Dr. Patty Miami are committed to your health and wellness. That’s why we use lasers to offer a safe, anxiety-free dental experience without drills and scalpels. This innovative laser technology has several advantages, including minimal intervention and, in most cases, little-to-no anesthesia.

Sedation dentistry

Multiple options for a more comfortable and nerve-free experience.

Personal Concierge Service

We can arrange everything from RedCap or limo transportation to and from your appointment to making nearby lunch or dinner reservations for after your appointment.

Advanced Digital Surround X-Rays

Minimal exposure, more precise, and digitally stored for your convenience.

State-of-the-art technologies and facilities

Complimentary wine & Nespresso coffee bar, hot towel service, temple massage therapy, paraffin treatments, music & movie selections are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at our ultra-chic, upscale facilities.

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Differences Between Temporary And Permanent Crowns

Temporary crowns are generally assembled at the office and are made of stainless steel or acrylic. These will be used until your permanent crown is ready. Your personal crowns will be custom-made either at our office or at an external lab.

The use of a temporary crown will keep your tooth from breaking completely, stop it from cracking further, or eliminate any tooth pain that you are currently experiencing.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Getting a dental crown is a multi-step process that typically involves at least two visits to the dentist. That being said, the crown procedure at Dr. Patty Miami is fairly simple.

  1. First the area is numbed to make sure you feel no pain*.
  2. Before placing the dental crown(s), the tooth is prepared to make room for the appliance. This process involves shaving down the tooth and removing any damaged or decayed enamel.
  3. An impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth is taken. These impressions are sent to a specialized dental lab where your crown will be made.
  4. A temporary acrylic crown is placed on the tooth.
  5. When we receive the crown from the lab, you will be asked to come back into the office to have the permanent crowns cemented into place. Each crown is custom-made to deliver maximum comfort and the best appearance possible.

*At Dr. Patty Miami we offer several sedation options for guests with dental anxieties.
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How Long Do Crowns Last?

Your dental crown will last between five and 15 years on average. While this is a large gap, it depends on a variety of things, including the wear and tear your crown is exposed to and your personal habits, such as grinding teeth or nail-biting.

During your visit at Dr. Patty Miami, we will go over oral hygiene practices you should follow to get the most life out of your dental crown.

Caring For Your Dental Crown

Your crowned tooth will not necessarily require any special care. However, it’s important to remember that a dental crown won’t prevent tooth decay or gum disease.

That means that you must continue practicing good oral hygiene habits such as flossing and brushing twice a day with an electric toothbrush and follow up with an antibacterial mouth rinse at least once daily.

Cost Of Dental Crowns In Miami

The price you will pay for your new crown will vary on your location and the type of crown you selected. Custom-made crowns made from high-quality porcelain can cost $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth at top [cosmetic dentists] in Miami.

Some dental plans may cover a portion of the dental implant procedure. Coverage will depend on whether your insurance plan considers crowns an elective procedure or a standard of care for replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

At Dr. Patty Miami, we work with a variety of dental insurance and can perform a complimentary benefits check on your first visit. Most of our clients pay cash or use third-party financing such as Care Credit.

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Dental Crowns FAQs

Is It Painful To Have A Crown Put On Your Tooth

Yes. Dental crowns can be replaced. Although modern porcelain crowns are extremely strong and durable, they are not likely to last for your entire life. Some signs that your dental crown may need replacement include:

  • Your old crown keeps falling out
  • Tooth decay has started forming along the edges of the crown
  • Your crown has become discolored and no longer matches the surrounding teeth
  • There is pain and/or swelling around the tooth
  • You have had the crown for over 10 years

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

Yes. Dental crowns can be replaced. Although modern porcelain crowns are extremely strong and durable, they are not likely to last for your entire life. Some signs that your dental crown may need replacement include:

  • Your old crown keeps falling out
  • Tooth decay has started forming along the edges of the crown
  • Your crown has become discolored and no longer matches the surrounding teeth
  • There is pain and/or swelling around the tooth
  • You have had the crown for over 10 years

Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?

No. Dental crowns cannot be whitened because crowns are made from a different material than your teeth are.

Today, most dental crowns are made from porcelain or composite porcelain, which don’t respond well to traditional tooth-bleaching agents.

Can Dental Crowns Be Replaced?

Yes. Dental crowns can be replaced. Although modern porcelain crowns are extremely strong and durable, they are not likely to last for your entire life. Some signs that your dental crown may need replacement include:

  • Your old crown keeps falling out
  • Tooth decay has started forming along the edges of the crown
  • Your crown has become discolored and no longer matches the surrounding teeth
  • There is pain and/or swelling around the tooth
  • You have had the crown for over 10 years

What’s The Difference Between Dental Crowns And Veneers?

A dental crown is essentially a covering for damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns are about 2 mm thick, cover the entire tooth, and can be made from several materials ranging from all-metal to porcelain composite. On the other hand, a [veneer] is a thin layer (~1mm) of porcelain that is bonded to the front of the tooth or teeth.

Because veneers cover only the front surface of the tooth, they are not as invasive as crowns. However, if your tooth is severely damaged or you’ve had a root canal, your dentist may recommend a crown instead of veneers.

What Is A CEREC Crown?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it is a technology that allows dentists to create and apply ceramic crowns in just one visit. CEREC crowns are incredibly strong, natural-looking, and offer the same advantages and functionality as regular crowns. This technology allows us to make crowns in the comfort of our office on the same day.[Click here] to learn more about CEREC crowns.

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