If your tooth is fragile, whether it’s due to a crack, a root canal, or some other dental issue, you may need a crown. The dental professionals at Nicholas G. Rendon, DDS, in Vero Beach, Florida, offer custom crowns that can make your tooth feel fully functional and look great. Schedule your appointment using the online tool or by calling the office today.

What is a crown?

A crown is a restoration that caps your whole tooth down to the gums. A crown protects your tooth and allows it to function fully again. Dr. Rendon offers several types of crowns, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • IPS e.max® ceramic crowns

Most crowns — other than metal ones — are natural-looking restorations that allow your restored teeth to blend in with your natural teeth.

When should I consider getting a crown?

Dr. Rendon may recommend getting a crown if you have the following issues:

  • Severe decay that requires a root canal
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Missing teeth that require a dental implant

Crowns usually correct structural or functional issues, but they can also be beneficial for appearance. A crown can make an old, worn, or otherwise unattractive tooth look healthy and attractive.

How does the crown process work?

Getting a crown usually requires two appointments. First, Dr. Rendon removes a very thin layer of enamel while you’re comfortable under local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Rendon makes a mold of your tooth.

Dr. Rendon will then give you a temporary crown to protect your tooth and send the mold to a laboratory where your permanent crown will be created. Your permanent crown should be ready in about two weeks.

When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll see Dr. Rendon so he can put it on. He’ll remove your temporary crown, place your permanent one, and make any adjustments necessary. Once your permanent crown is in place, you can resume using your tooth just like normal. However, you should use extra caution when flossing around your gumline, because hard or jerky motions may dislodge your crown.

To learn more about getting a crown, book an appointment online or over the phone with the office of Nicholas G. Rendon, DDS, today.