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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Crowns and Bridges

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At North Tampa Dentistry, our goal is to engage our patients to be active in their oral healthcare—starting with preventive procedures like routine dental checkups and exams so that we can identify and diagnose dental issues before they become serious.

Dr. Bellegarrigue and our entire dental team believe that patient education is critical in keeping your smile healthy. We will always take the time to answer any questions or concerns and are happy to further patient interest in oral health. Patients who are engaged in their dental health are more likely to be invested in routine care. 

Many of the questions we frequently hear are listed below, but we know patients may have further questions. If so, please don't hesitate to contact us at  (813) 968-5368 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

With proper maintenance and care, you can expect to enjoy your oral health investment for up to 25 to 30 years! Many variables affect how long your dental crown will last, which include a patient's oral hygiene and lifestyle.

How Can I Make Sure I Get Full Use of My Dental Crown? image of a dental crown

Dental crowns are beautiful and natural-looking tooth restorations, and if you have one, you're likely to be invested in extending the lifespan of your new dental prosthetic. An important step in ensuring that your dental crown stays in perfect condition is to brush and floss daily. During your oral hygiene routine, pay extra attention to the area surrounding the dental crown, including your gum line. While the tooth crown itself cannot suffer from tooth decay or infection, the tooth underneath the crown is vulnerable and needs to be protected. 

Do you clench or grind your teeth? Nothing will chip or break your dental crown quicker than sustained pressure over time. If you think you clench or grind your teeth at night, Dr. Roberto Bellegarrigue can custom fabricate a night-guard to wear while sleeping that protects your dental crown and surrounding teeth. 

Avoid chewing or biting on hard substances like hard candy, fingernails, ice, pens, or other dense material. These substances can damage your dental crown along with your natural teeth. 

Always come by to see us! Maintain your regular dental check-ups so we can keep an eye out on your crown and check for any signs of distress or wear-and-tear. 

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Once a tooth starts to give you sensations like this there is nerve damage present. As long as there is enough tooth structure to work with it can be saved by undergoing two treatments. First a root canal is done to remove nerve tissue from the tooth so it no longer hurts and second is a crown procedure to restore the tooth back to full function. Tooth aches in Tampa is our business, we can help!

Sometimes Yes and sometimes No. If the broken portion of the tooth is small and there is minimal decay in it then it can usually be repaired with a simple filling. But if the broken portion is medium to large in size with deeper decay then a filling is insufficient to repair the tooth. A crown is usually needed to properly fix the tooth to restore full function. If you need a Dentist in Tampa give us a call and let us help you out.

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

At North Tampa Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services and restoration procedures to fit your specific oral needs.

If you have tooth decay, Dr. Bellegarrigue can remove the infection and use a tooth-colored filling to seal your tooth to prevent bacteria from entering. This procedure is appropriate for small- to medium-sized fillings that don't require much removal of your tooth structure. 

Teeth that are in the back of your mouth tend to absorb much of the pressure required for chewing and can be vulnerable to fracturing. Fractured or cracked teeth usually need more structural support than a filling cannot provide. 

If this is the case for you, Dr. Bellegarrigue may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are like tooth caps that cover the entire surface of your tooth; they not only seal your tooth; they also provide support to an already weakened tooth. 

Do You Want to Learn More about Dental Crowns?

Our North Tampa, FL dental staff, would be delighted to provide any information you need about any of our dental procedures. Patient education and honesty are vital to us; we want all our patients to be able to make informed and educated decisions regarding their oral health. 

We look forward to your call, schedule a dental appointment for an oral examination in 33618 today!

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