Dr. Jakubaitis may recommend a crown if a damaged tooth does not have enough tooth structure remaining to hold a filling. A crown will protect the remaining tooth structure and give enough strength to prevent further damage to the tooth. Other common reasons for crowning a tooth include improving the aesthetics of your smile, to fortify a tooth following root canal treatment, or to repair a cracked or fractured tooth.
A crown covers the entire portion of the tooth above the gum line. There are many different crown materials: gold, porcelain fused to metal, and a wide variety of ceramic crowns. There are indications that favor one crown over another, including tooth location, the condition of the tooth, and the aesthetic and strength requirements needed. Dr. Jakubaitis will recommend a specific crown material to meet your unique dental needs during your exam.
Getting a crown at our Port Charlotte dental office requires two visits. The first visit involves removing the old filling and any decay present. A bonded buildup may be required to fortify the tooth. An impression of the prepared tooth is sent to our dental laboratory to custom make your crown. Dr. Jakubaitis has worked with the same dental lab for more than 25 years, guaranteeing that the size, shape, and color of your crown match perfectly with your natural teeth.
During your second visit approximately two weeks later, Dr. Jakubaitis will cement the crown on the tooth and make any minor adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.