Open Wide Dental in Phoenix offers a variety of methods to help damaged teeth work better and look great. Crowns are a convenient, easy way to get your teeth looking good and working just right. Dental crowns help strengthen teeth damaged by injury, cavities or complex dental procedures, like a root canal. They improve the look, alignment and shape of teeth. Crowns also improve bite by covering damage chewing surfaces. Crowns, also called caps, fit over the entire tooth, unlike inlays or onlays. They’re also used to shore up dental bridges.
All materials used for crowns have benefits and drawbacks. Your dentist at Open Wide Dental in Phoenix provides different options for the material of your crown. Crowns come in ceramic, porcelain and metal alloys. Ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold, metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal and ceramic. Ceramic can be tinted to match your natural tooth color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are also matched to the surrounding color of your teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal tends to wear the opposite teeth down. They can chip as well. All-resin caps look like natural teeth but don’t last as long as other choices. Metals are long-lasting and durable but don’t look like natural teeth.
At the first visit, your dentist will numb the tooth in question as well as the surrounding gums. Using a burr on a dental drill, your dentist will reduce the outer layer of the tooth to make sure the crown fits without squeezing the abutting teeth. The dentist makes a mold of the tooth using a digital scanner or putty and sends the finished mold to a dental laboratory. The lab takes two or three weeks to get the crown back. In that period, you’ll wear a temporary crown.
At your final visit in the process, your dentist removes the temporary crown, fits the permanent crown into place and makes adjustments to the fitting. Finally, your crown is cemented in place.
Getting a dental crown doesn’t have to be a hassle! Call us at Open Wide Dental in Phoenix for a consultation today.