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Life Smiles Dental Care is OPEN to help you with your routine care. In response to the spread of COVID-19, to keep our communities safe we are taking numerous precautions. We are here to help you at Life Smiles Dental Care with all your dental needs. You may either call (602) 786-5484 or contact us through Virtual Consultation to book an appointment.

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4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 250
Phoenix , AZ 85028 | Direction

Dental Crowns

Have you ever had a crown placed and felt it was too large? Did not fit your bite? Had a dark metal line by the gum line?

Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt take special care to make sure any dental treatment you receive looks and feels natural. They have developed techniques that allow for a beautiful result that is strong enough to withstand chewing forces for years. For posterior crowns, the material of choice is Lava — an all porcelain system developed by 3M. For anterior teeth, a more translucent material can be used to assure optimal esthetics — preferably an Empress crown by Ivoclar.

Our doctors have a unique ability to create a crown that fits your teeth and mouth precisely, and to maintain your comfort throughout the process. They use many specific protocols to decrease the risk of sensitivity both during and after the appointment. All temporary crowns created at Life Smiles Dental Care fit well and look great.

Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt have received awards and recognition for the quality of their work.

What is the process of treating a tooth with a crown?

To strengthen very damaged teeth, full crowns wrap all around a tooth, not just covering the front surface like a veneer. The porcelain used with crowns on front teeth is the most natural, beautiful dental material available. A mold is taken of your properly recontoured teeth and the porcelain crowns are created by a highly skilled ceramist. While the permanent crown is being created, a temporary crown is placed to cover and protect the tooth. The final permanent crown is later cemented. Our doctors use a conservative technique and excellent laboratory technicians to be able to deliver exceptional results with the least tooth reshaping possible.

How long does it take to restore a tooth with a dental crown?

Two appointments are needed. If significant changes are made to your smile or bite, a few additional short appointments may be needed. Depending on the number of crowns required, the appointment may last 60 minutes to a few hours.

How many years will a dental crown function?

In most cases, crowns last well over 10 years and are replaced due to a desire for a fresh cosmetic look. At Life Smiles Dental Care we warranty crowns against chipping, cavities, or loosening for five years so long as you maintain your preventative hygiene visits.

What is the cost of a crown?

Crowns at Life Smiles are an excellent value. Depending on the reason for placement, up to half or more of the cost may be covered by dental insurance.

For more information or to receive a free consultation, please contact us at (602) 786-5484.



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Dr. Paul Nielson, DDS, MAGD earned a zoology degree from Brigham Young University before completing dental studies at University of Washington, Seattle. He has practiced dentistry for over a decade, and has followed continuing education to exceed the state’s licensing requirements. He’s a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds membership in many professional associations. He’s especially interested in implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry; and full mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD studied in Utah and Oregon, before serving at University of Washington School of Dentistry as an affiliate instructor. Then he returned to Arizona to serve his local community. As a member of several prestigious dental organizations, he aims to provide comfortable treatments delivering natural-looking and long-lasting results. He aims to raise dental healthcare standards through ongoing education, new technologies and by listening to patients’ concerns.
Dr. Jared Bishop earned his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Utah, after which he completed his dental school training at Midwestern University in Glendale. Having completed a 1 year residency, Dr. Bishop was also honored to practice dentistry in the U.S. Army for 5 years. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Arizona Dental Association, Dr. Bishop keeps up with current dental technology, techniques, and materials to provide his patients with the highest standard of care.

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