If you don’t like your teeth, you can make a change. There are many cosmetic dentistry options available including dental crowns. This type of restoration is used at On Pointe Dentistry to repair broken, chipped, misshapen, cracked or otherwise imperfect teeth.
A tooth restored with a crown both appears and functions like a natural tooth. A dental crown in Phoenix also provides protection and strength to a weakened tooth structure.
There are many reasons your Phoenix dentist may suggest you get a dental crown, including:
You will not go without a tooth while waiting for your permanent restoration. A temporary crown will be placed in the meantime while you wait for your permanent crown to be crafted.
Dental crowns are made of a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin. Porcelain is most popular due to its natural to look, resilience, strength, and stain-resistance. Ceramic is more cost-effective. Metal crowns are sometimes used on back teeth because the material is stronger than porcelain or ceramic.
The crown material used will depend on the functionality of the tooth. Your Phoenix dentist will discuss restoration materials with you and which option is best for your situation.
The affected tooth will first be prepared for placement of the dental crown. Any existing decay will be removed and a filling or bonding material will be placed. The tooth will then be re-shaped and a bit of the structure will be removed. The treatment area will be numbed during the procedure.
A mold of your mouth will be taken and sent to a lab where your custom-fitted permanent crown will be created. Expect the process to take anywhere from a week to a month, depending on the technician’s schedule.
You will be given a temporary crown to wear while you wait for the permanent crown to get back from the laboratory. You may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages due to tooth preparation.
Once your permanent crown is received, your temporary crown will be removed and the new restoration will be cemented in place. Any adjustments needed will be made to be sure your new crown fits and performs perfectly.