Dentist in Phoenix, AZ practice explains everything you need to know about dental crowns
A standard dental procedure performed at Life Smiles Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ is the fabrication and placement of dental crowns. This popular treatment is best for many of our patients based on their specific needs. Drs. Nielson and Schmidt provide this solution in their practice and can educate patients on everything they need to know about dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
First and foremost, it is essential that patients understand what a crown is and how it is used. A crown is a restoration that “caps” a natural tooth. It is often fabricated from porcelain to ensure a natural appearance. The placement of a dental crown is usually done to restore a smile. These versatile restorations are used in many ways. A crown may be used to restore a smile that has been badly damaged from tooth decay or an injury that has caused a crack or break. Crowns are also made to cover weak teeth, offering an extra layer of protection against further damage. Additionally, a dental crown may also be made to place over the abutment of a dental implant to replace a single tooth. These are just a few ways in which dental crowns play an essential role in general and restorative dentistry.
When might a dental crown be required?
Many situations can arise in which Drs. Nielson and Schmidt may recommend a dental crown. Here are a few examples of times when dental crowns are often used:
- When decay or infection damages most of a tooth. In situations when a tooth is irreparable after damage from decay or infection, a procedure called a root canal would be performed. Afterward, a dental crown is placed over this tooth to restore strength and add protection.
- For cosmetic purposes. Teeth that have become discolored, damaged or broken may benefit from a dental crown. The crown is bonded over the natural tooth structure and covers the problem quickly and easily.
- When a tooth is at risk due to breakage. When cracks and breaks occur in a natural tooth, it can compromise the tooth’s strength and functionality. By placing a dental crown over this weakened tooth, the tooth’s structure can be protected and maintained.
- Following placement of a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium post that a dentist can place into the bone of the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. This implant is covered with a dental crown over the abutment, ensuring a natural appearance to the smile as well as improved functionality and efficiency.
What can I expect during the dental crown procedure?
The first step of obtaining a dental crown is the initial evaluation and consultation visit. During this time, patients will work with their dentist to decide if they are the right candidate for dental crowns. Once both patient and dentist agree to move forward with this treatment, the dentist will start preparations. This includes filing down the natural tooth enamel and impressions to create a mold of the patient’s existing tooth. Then, this information is sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the new restoration. The dental crown is made to the dentist’s specifications to ensure proper size, color, and shape. A temporary crown is often bonded in place until the next appointment. When the final crown is ready, patients return to the office to have their temporary crown removed and their permanent crown bonded in place.
How long will my dental crown last?
With proper care, most patients enjoy their dental crowns for ten years or longer. This is often the case when patients brush and floss after every meal and call their dentist for a cleaning and evaluation every six months. The structure of the tooth underneath the crown is still susceptible to periodontal disease and tooth decay, so regular x-rays may be performed as well during these visits. When the dental crown becomes weak or has been broken, a replacement is often made by the dentist to ensure continued protection of the tooth.
Are you ready to have a dental crown placed?
Restoration of the smile is just a phone call away! Call the team of Life Smiles Dental Care today at (602) 786-5484 and learn more about the benefits of restorative dentistry solutions with Drs. Nielson and Schmidt. Our practice is located at 4611 E. Shea Boulevard, Ste. 250 and is readily available to assist patients seeking comprehensive care from a dedicated team.