Porcelain Crowns & Veneers

Dental Crowns and Bridgework.Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework.

A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth's front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.

Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth's original appearance.

There are other materials besides porcelain that we can use to make dental crowns, depending on what qualities are most important. For durability, cast gold can't be beat. However, this is not always the most aesthetic choice — especially towards the front of the mouth. Other possibilities include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM), which have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance, and all-porcelain crowns with zirconia, representing the strongest ceramic. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these various options with you.

Crowning or Capping a Tooth

Dental Crowns - Step by Step.Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two to three visits. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. First, it is shaped to fit inside the new covering. This will involve some drilling to give the tooth a uniform shape. The tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed beforehand. If there is very little tooth structure left to begin with, the tooth may have to be built up with filling material, rather than filed down, to support the crown.

After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials, and sent to the dental laboratory. There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.

Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent cement.

Creating a Bridge

Dental Bridgework - Step by Step.Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth; these healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown placed in between them; that third crown is referred to as a pontic. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth.

The number of abutment teeth necessary to replace missing teeth is influenced by the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as where in the mouth the missing tooth is located. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Engineering and designing of the bridge requires an understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the biology of the supporting gum and bone tissue.

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.

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Porcelain Veneers in Boca Raton, FL near Delray Beach & Boynton Beach

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Porcelain Veneers Boca Raton FLNot everyone is born with perfect teeth. Cracks, chips, stains, and misalignment can all detract from your smile. The porcelain veneers we offer at our office in Boca Raton, however, can help restore the beauty of your smile almost instantly. These veneers are a major component of our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services. Porcelain dental veneers can correct a number of flaws in your teeth, giving you a new reason to smile. Both Dr. Maxine Sindledecker and Dr. Amanda Sindledecker are known for their beautiful, aesthetic results.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and the other cosmetic treatments we offer in Boca Raton, contact Sindledecker Dentistry today.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Created of all-ceramic porcelain, dental veneers can be bonded to the front of teeth during a few short appointments at our Boca Raton-area office. Porcelain dental veneers will cover a number of flaws in your smile, including chips, cracks, misalignment, and stains caused by food, soda, wine, coffee, or tobacco use.

Porcelain dental veneers are custom made and can also be crafted specifically to meet your specifications and complement your facial features. We use only the best ceramist to make our beautiful veneers. We can tailor your veneers in terms of shape, color, and translucency so that they perfectly match your existing teeth and proportionally fit your smile. We may have to remove a small amount of your natural tooth structure to make room for your new veneers, and therefore, porcelain dental veneers are not considered a reversible treatment.

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How Will You Place My Veneers?

During your first appointment at our office in Boca Raton, we will discuss your personal specifications for porcelain dental veneers, including the color, translucency, and shape of your new smile. When you have come to a decision regarding your new dental veneers, we may need to reshape or buff off a small amount of tooth structure to prepare your teeth for the thickness of the porcelain veneers. We will also take an impression of your teeth to ensure we get the correct shape and fit. When we have gathered all your specifications and impressions, we will send them to the lab so that our trained ceramist can create your porcelain veneers. We will also attach temporary veneers to your teeth so that you can get used to the feeling of your new porcelain veneers before they are actually bonded to your teeth.

Post Visits for Porcelain Veneers

When your porcelain dental veneers are ready, you will return to our office for another visit. We will check your porcelain dental veneers against your teeth for shape, color, translucency, and fit. If you are satisfied with your new veneers, we will permanently bond them to your teeth. With the correct at-home care, and regular professional check-ups at our Boca Raton office, your new porcelain dental veneers will last for many years to come. Our patients that restore their smiles with dental veneers are always thrilled with the results, and can't believe they waited to recreate their smile. Visit our smile makeover gallery today to see some of the results that can be achieved with porcelain veneers.

Am I a Candidate?

Almost anyone can be a candidate for porcelain dental veneers. A complete personalized analysis of your situation is best to determine if this is the correct treatment for you. In the right situation, porcelain veneers can be a conservative solution to close gaps and make a wider smile. For patients living in Boca Raton areas, consider porcelain dental veneers placed at Sindledecker Dentistry. Our porcelain veneers are beautiful, long-lasting, and will almost instantly enhance your smile without a lengthy treatment process.

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

If you’re looking to enhance your smile and keep it beautiful for the years to come, porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you. Contact our Boca Raton office, near Fort Lauderdale, to learn more about porcelain dental veneers. We will schedule your initial consultation, and get you started on the road to a beautiful new smile.

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Sindledecker Dentistry at Delray Beach and Boynton Beach in Boca Raton, FL!