Restore Your Smile With Dental Crowns
A smile has a remarkable effect on one’s appearance. Consider how much of a difference braces or teeth whitening can make in someone’s appearance; crowns can do the same for you if you have cracked or misshapen teeth. You can discover a whole new you with simple cosmetic and restorative solutions! A high-quality dental crown can protect and strengthen a single tooth that has been damaged or worn down. At Alpine Dentistry, Dr. Jensen provide dental crowns in Alpine, UT, to restore and protect your teeth.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap placed over a damaged tooth, completely covering it and snugly fitting at the gum line. For a seamless and natural appearance, crowns are specifically designed to fit over your tooth and match the color of your surrounding teeth. We use dental crowns to restore teeth with damage or decay that is too severe for us to repair with a dental filling or composite bonding.
What are the Benefits a Dental Crown?
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. So if one or more of your teeth are damaged, they need to be reinforced to make them strong again. Dental crowns have a lot of benefits, including:
- Strengthen Teeth
- Restore Teeth
- Improve Appearance
We can also use crowns for many other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including to:
- Replace a large filling that no longer has enough tooth structure to fill the cavity
- Protect a weak tooth from further chipping, breaking, or fracturing
- Restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- Cover a poorly shaped tooth or discolored tooth
- Attach a dental bridge
- Protect and restore a tooth that has had a root canal
What is the Dental Crown Process?
First, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before the dental crown procedure. If your tooth has been broken or has had a root canal, it will first require a buildup, a filling that repairs enough of the tooth to keep the crown in place. We will then shave down your tooth to make a place for the crown. We will take an impression using a putty-like substance or a digital scanner. Your dentist will then use a shade guide or take photographs of your teeth to assist the lab technician in creating a dental crown that matches the rest of your teeth. Using a mold of the original tooth, we will produce a temporary crown using dental resin. This temporary crown is held in place with temporary cement, and we can easily remove it once the permanent crown is ready. Once your crown is complete, you will come back in for final crown placement. We will permanently cement the crown onto the tooth. After the crown is set, we will adjust the crown’s fit so your bite is correct.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns should last 10 to 20 years on average. Crowns are still susceptible to fracture and cavities. Therefore, cleaning and flossing around crowned teeth should be done with additional caution to avoid replacing them too soon.
We can quickly treat a single missing or damaged tooth at Alpine Dentistry with a custom dental crown. Please speak with one of our experienced dentists about how a crown can prevent your tooth from additional damage while also keeping your mouth healthy. Contact us today!