What Can Dental Crowns Do For You?
By CenterCare Dental Group
June 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Need crowns from your Phoenix, AZ, dentist?

Dentistry is a work of art and dental crowns are a perfect example. A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a cover that fits over teeth tocrown-and-bridge provide reinforcement and hide unappealing teeth. Dental crowns are also used to support other dental appliances, like bridgework.

More About Crowns

Unlike veneers, crowns completely cover a tooth above the gum line and hides damaged, decayed, or unattractive teeth and doesn't need a natural tooth structure to support it.

Crowns are made of several materials: porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and all-porcelain crowns with zirconia.

The advantages of crowns are that they:

  • Strengthen damaged teeth
  • Improves chewing and bite functions
  • Crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth

The Process of Crowning

The capping process takes two to three visits:

  • Your tooth is prepared during the first visit to receive its new crown.
  • Your Phoenix dentist treats any decays before the procedure.
  • Then they shape your tooth so it fits under the cap.
  • If your tooth needs to be built up first, your dentist will build it up with filling material.
  • Impressions of your teeth are taken, digitally or with a putty-like material, then sent to a dental laboratory to make models of your teeth.
  • A technician creates the crown using the model to improve your smile and function.
  • Before getting your permanent crown, your dentist will give you a temporary crown in the meantime.
  • Your permanent crown is attached to your tooth using resin or cement.

Caring for Your Crowns

  1. Use a nightguard if you have a clenching and tooth-grinding problem.
  2. Brush your teeth and floss to reduce dental-plaque buildup.
  3. Drink plenty of water to get rid of food debris.
  4. Use fluoride-containing products to protect teeth against tooth decay.

If you have any questions about crowns, call your Phoenix, AZ, today!