Dental crowns fit onto your existing teeth like a cap to reinforce the tooth and provide a healthier appearance after decay or damage. A crown also fits over a dental implant or supports a bridge when you need permanent tooth replacement. In these ways, crowns provide convenient solutions for your dentist to help you maintain your most natural-looking smile and overall oral health.
Why Dental Crowns Suit Your Smile’s Needs
Whether you have missing teeth or heavily damaged ones, dental crowns provide simple methods of reinforcing and completing your smile. These cemented caps permanently improve your tooth’s appearance, alignment, shape, and bite. With a crown, you prevent shifting of your teeth where gaps exist.
Crowns look just like your other teeth. They fit nicely over the damaged tooth, suiting your natural smile. Only you and your dentist need to know a crown covers your tooth, as to everyone else your smile looks healthy and complete.
As said before, dental crowns provide attractive support or replacement after dental decay or damage. Teeth under crowns usually experienced a break, severe crack, decay or discoloration. For these problems and when a filling, inlay or overlay cannot provide remedies, a dental crown meets your needs.
Your dentist takes an impression mold of your teeth for a lab to create your perfect crown. Once the lab sends your new crown to the dentist, you receive a permanent, attractive and strong covering suited to your surrounding tooth color, size, and shape. Zirconia, porcelain, ceramic, gold alloys, palladium, nickel, chromium or steel provide your crown with the longevity you need for worry-free smile improvement.
To determine the best material for your crowns, the dentist considers whether you grind your teeth. He also examines how your teeth fit together and other factors for the right material recommendations. Your crown lasts at least seven years, but well cared for crowns can often last 30 to 40 years.
Preparing Your Tooth and Caring for Your Crown
To prepare your tooth for its crown, the dentist possibly needs to perform a root canal first. This is not the case for everyone. But for deep cavities reaching the pulp of your tooth and its nerve, a root canal becomes necessary.
The dentist also sometimes needs to build up a foundation to support your tooth if it suffered severe material loss or damage. In these cases, sometimes your dentist uses a post-and-core foundation for support.
Finally, the dentist files your tooth down to make room for your crown. When you need an all-metal crown, this filing is less intensive than for other types like porcelain. Metal crowns are thinner than porcelain or ceramic materials. Once he finishes the filing, you receive a temporary crown while the lab crafts your permanent one.
Placing your permanent crown during a second appointment involves permanently cementing it onto your tooth. You go back to your regular eating and brushing routine right away with your newly improved tooth covering. Sometimes people feel sensitivity to cold right after the procedure. But this soon goes away as you become accustomed to your new tooth surface.
Crowns can last for multiple decades if you take good care of them. But one of your most significant threats to this longevity is inadequate brushing and flossing. You must maintain good oral hygiene to prevent a cavity from forming under the crown.
Dental Crowns in Queen Creek, Arizona
In Queen Creek, Arizona, Marketplace Dental Excellence provides dental crowns expertly matched to your smile for your most naturally complete appearance. Other dental services offered by Marketplace Dental Excellence include:
- Dental implants and dentures
- General dentistry
- Restorative dentistry
- Preventive dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Sedation dentistry
For your healthiest and most attractive smile, schedule your visit at Marketplace Dental Excellence in Queen Creek now. Call 480-397-0214 for appointment scheduling and ask about dental crowns or other services you seek. Your best smile requires high-quality dental care. You can trust Marketplace Dental Excellence for your best smile.