Smile Restoring Dental Crowns in Flagstaff
What is a Dental Crown?
When patients experience severe tooth decay or damage, a dental crown may be used to repair a tooth that may otherwise have been lost. Crowns are crafted to fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth. This replaces lost tooth structure, protects remaining healthy dental structure from further damage, and prevents damaged teeth from potentially doing harm to other surrounding teeth.
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
We offer dental crowns crafted from a variety of durable, aesthetic materials. For back teeth that are not as visible within the smile line but do absorb high levels of pressure during chewing, we may recommend gold crowns. These are the least cosmetic in appearance, but they offer optimal durability and create the least additional wear against opposing teeth. We can also offer dental crowns crafted from gold with a thin layer of porcelain fused to it in order to offer a more cosmetic appearance with the durability of gold. However, after years of daily wear, porcelain fused to metal crowns lose their cosmetic appearance. For teeth that need the most cosmetic solution, we will likely recommend all ceramic crowns. These crowns can be shaded to closely match the natural shade of healthy tooth enamel, and even after years of daily wear, they retain this natural looking appearance. Regardless of material, we use the highest quality varieties that allow our dental crowns to last for decades. Typically, dental crowns last between 20 and 30 years without need for repair or replacement.
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
Dental crowns require two appointments in our Flagstaff, AZ office to design and place. We start by numbing the treatment area and preparing the tooth by removing decayed or damaged structure and shaping the remaining tooth to allow the crown to fit over the top. Then, we capture impressions that are used by the dental lab to create your custom dental crown. Finally, we place a plastic temporary to protect your prepared tooth between this initial appointment and the second visit where your custom crown will be placed
When you return to our office, we’ll carefully remove the temporary crown without damaging the remaining healthy structure. Next, we’ll place the custom crafted dental crown we receive from our lab cementing and polishing your final restoration. In most cases, patients won’t need any anesthetic during the removal of the temporary or placement of the final restoration.
When Will I Need a Dental Crown?
There are a number of reasons we may recommend dental crown restorations. Some of the most common dental health concerns that necessitate repair using dental crowns include:
- Dental decay, trauma, wear and tear, or other causes of extensive tooth damage that makes more conservative solutions incapable of repairing the damaged tooth
- Following treatment for root canal or tooth abscess, we may place a dental crown to protect the remaining natural tooth structure
- When older fillings or restorations are broken or lost, we may use a dental crown to replace them
- For advanced cosmetic concerns, an all ceramic crown may be used to conceal the cosmetic flaw