• Crowns

  • If you have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or just doesn’t look right, then a dental crown might be exactly what you need.

    Since 1994, Dr. Starling has been placing dental crowns on patients in Keystone Heights, FL and the surrounding areas using a talented team & lab to generate beautiful and healthy smiles.

    What is a dental crown?

    A dental crown is a cover that is securely placed over your tooth by a dentist. Different types of materials are used to create a dental crown that mimics the shape, color, and size of your other teeth. Some materials that are used include ceramics, porcelain, and high noble metal alloys.

    Why do I need a dental crown?

    When your tooth is weak or doesn’t match the rest of your teeth a dental crown can be placed to strengthen it and fix the appearance of your smile.

    What does a dental crown actually do?

    • Cover

    If there is not enough of the natural tooth left after a large cavity has been removed or if a crack exists that puts the tooth at risk to fracture, then a dental crown is indicated to cover and support the tooth. A crown is also placed, on most teeth, after a root canal has been completed to protect it from breaking down further due to brittleness.

    • Refurbish

    Discolored or misshapen teeth can be covered by a dental crown to make your smile look and function better.

    • Protect

    A weaker tooth that may be compromised and susceptible to breakage or cavities may be covered by a dental crown to protect it from being damaged or infected.

    • Restore

    Once a tooth has been cracked or worn down a dental crown can be placed to restore the look of your smile.

    • Support

    Instead of getting implants or partial dentures to replace a series of missing teeth, a dental crown can be secured over a strong tooth to support a dental bridge.

    • Replace

    After the synthetic root portion of a dental implant has been placed, a dental crown can then be fastened to replace a tooth.

    How do I take care of a dental crown?

    To keep your new dental crown looking and working great you should treat it just like your other teeth, but with a little extra care.

    • Avoid Hard Foods

    Do your best to avoid chewing on hard foods like ice.  Also, don’t use your teeth to bite on other nonfood items like fingernails, pens and pencils, etc. Use scissors to cut fishing line, sewing threads, clothes tags or open packages, etc.

    • Regular Checkups

    Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to help ensure that your dental crown is functioning properly.

    • Oral Hygiene

    Proper personal oral hygiene is a must to get rid of plaque and bacteria to keep your crown looking good and working well. Using products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance is your best option since they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.

    If you have any questions at all about dental crowns, give us a call at (352) 473-9090. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff in Keystone Heights is ready to help with any questions or appointment requests you may have.