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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Could your smile use a boost? Great teeth are within reach at the Vero Beach office of dentist Raymond A. Della. Here at our dental practice, Dr. Della can repair any cracks, chips, and fractures in your teeth with dental crowns, a procedure that restores your damaged tooth to full functionality and aesthetic appearance. Here's what to know about this treatment:

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap for a damaged, severely decayed, or misshapen tooth. Crafted from metal, resin, or ceramic, a crown covers up the blemished area of your tooth so that it can look natural and become sturdy and comfortable again.

What can a crown fix?

Crowns are a great option if you have a tooth with a cavity that is unable to hold a regular filling, a large chip or fissure, a protruding filling, extreme discoloration, or general wear-and-tear.

How does a crown improve my tooth?

A crown not only improves the appearance of your tooth, but restores your ability to eat, bite, and brush like normal.

What is the procedure like?

At our Vero Beach office, your dentist will first make sure that you are comfortable by numbing the tooth, and then properly prepare the tooth surface. Next, we will make an impression of your tooth and create a custom crown that is sized, colored, and shaped to match your natural teeth.

We will likely send you home with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being made. When you return to our Vero Beach office, we will attach your final crown with a durable adhesive and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it is comfortable and sturdy.

How do I care for a dental crown?

You will treat your crown just like a natural tooth—with regular brushing, flossing, and with exams/deep cleanings at our Vero Beach office. As with any dental work, you should take care when eating very hard or sticky foods, as they could damage your crown.

Need dental work? Give us a call

To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment at our Vero Beach office, call 772-567-1025 today.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsSometimes a tooth is so damaged, you consider extraction. However, missing teeth harm your smile aesthetics, jaw bone and gum tissue integrity and overall oral function. Does your dentist in Vero Beach, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, offer an alternative to pulling a troublesome tooth? Yes, he does. Called the dental crown, this modern restoration keeps a smile intact and beautiful. Learn more about crowns here.

Your dental crown

If you have a severely decayed, infected, cracked, or oddly shaped tooth, you might consider crowning it. A dental crown covers the healthy portion of your tooth, allowing it to remain in place and avoiding the problems associated with dental extraction. Dental crowns restore dental implants, too, finish endodontically treated teeth (root canal therapy) and support prosthetics such as fixed bridgework.

Today's most popular crown material is porcelain because of its natural looks and excellent durability. Dr. Della Porta uses oral examination and digital X-ray imaging to determine if your tooth is healthy enough to save. If it is, he'll remove the decay, old filling material, and cracked enamel, shaping the tooth to receive the crown.

Most crown procedures remove about three-quarters of the tooth structure above the gum line to ensure proper bite and fit. Roots and bone structure remain in place even if the tooth has undergone root canal therapy to remove its diseased interior pulp.

This process is painless as Dr. Della Porta uses locally-injected anesthetic to numb the tooth. Also, he takes oral impressions to copy your tooth so the dental lab can correctly make your restoration. Most crown patients wear a temporary restoration to protect their teeth while their crowns are made.

To install your new crown, your dentist gently removes the temporary, and using a strong bonding adhesive, places the new crown over your tooth. He makes sure the color, size, and shape blend in with your other teeth, and he adjusts the restoration as needed.

Caring for a crown

Brush it, floss it, and be gentle with it. In other words, crown care is really basic. Treat it like your other teeth, and be sure to see your dentist, Dr. Della Porta and his team in Vero Beach, twice a year for your routine check-up and hygienic cleaning. Your beautiful crown should last ten years or even longer, say dentists at the Cleveland Clinic, but longevity depends a bit on location, too. Crowns on front teeth tend to last longer than crowns on molars.

Keep that tooth

Find out if Dr. Raymond Della Porta can save your ailing tooth. Contact his office in Vero Beach, FL, today for a personal consultation on a fully restored smile. Call (772) 567-1025.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these simple restorations could revive your crowns

Has our Vero Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, II recommended that you get a dental crown? You probably already know a little something about dental crowns, even if you’ve never gotten one before. They are one of the most commonly used dental restorations, after all, and there is a reason why.

Why do I need a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which our Vero Beach general dentist will tell you that the best option is a dental crown. As you will come to find out, it’s a pretty versatile restoration. You may need to consider a crown if:

  • You have a broken, fractured or cracked tooth
  • You have a tooth that has become weaker because of decay
  • You have an infected dental pulp and need root canal treatment
  • A large dental filling has failed to properly support a damaged tooth
  • You have a discolored, misshapen or aesthetically unpleasing tooth
  • You need to support a fixed dental bridge
  • You are getting a dental implant to replace one more missing teeth

Dental crowns can do everything from altering the shape and appearance of a tooth to protecting if from irreparable damage and restoring function and strength.

What types of crowns can I get in Vero Beach?

It’s true that dental crowns can be fashioned from different materials. As you can imagine, the most popular crowns are made from tooth-colored materials (e.g. porcelain) because the material can be matched to the shade of your teeth so that no one will be able to tell that you have a crown. Dental crowns can also be made from ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Are you ready to say goodbye to misshapen or damaged teeth and feel confident in your smile once more? If so, then it’s time you called our Vero Beach, FL dental office to find out the many ways we can help. Restorative dentistry can give you back the smile you once had.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?

Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.

In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.

This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.

But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.

From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.

In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.

If you would like more information on crown options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD


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