What is a crown?
A tooth is made up of a crown and roots. The crown is the part that you can see above the gum line. When we refer to a “crown” in the office, we are usually talking about an artificial crown created to fix a badly decayed, cracked or broken tooth. The crown is made in a lab using a variety of materials and is shaped to look exactly like the natural teeth in your mouth.
When is a crown needed?
A crown is needed when the natural tooth has experienced significant decay that is too much for a traditional filling to repair, or has been cracked or broken. Crowns are also used after root canal treatment to “cap” the tooth.
Why are crowns important?
Crowns are important because they preserve the natural tooth, which is always our number one priority as dental professionals. Without crowns, more extractions would occur, leading to more discomfort and more expensive treatments down the road. A dental crown can last for many years and functions just as a natural tooth would with no restrictions on biting and chewing.
Types of Dental Crowns
Restorative materials are always improving in dentistry, giving us more options than ever before for providing the functional and aesthetic qualities our patients desire. At Advanced Dental Center, we offer ceramic and porcelain crowns in addition to traditional metal crowns.
Most patients report that the crown procedure is similar in length and comfort to having a filling performed. First, decay is removed and the tooth is reduced in size, leaving only the healthy tissue behind. Next, an impression is taken for use in creating the final crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed for short-term use. A second appointment is made for the placement of the final crown, usually 1-2 weeks after.
Does getting a crown hurt?
As with any dental treatment, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia throughout the procedure. As the anesthesia wears off, you may have some soreness around the tooth, which is typically controlled with over the counter pain medications.
IV Sedation for Crowns
We want to make sure that you are comfortable during your visit. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation and anesthesia options, including IV sedation, to help you get dental work done quickly and comfortably.
How long does the appointment take?
The procedure takes about 1-2 hours.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last anywhere from 5-20 years, depending on care, location in the mouth and the materials used for restoration.
Are there any special eating restrictions for crowns?
No. Your final crown will function just like your natural teeth do, ready to bite and chew your favorite foods. (Note: As with all teeth, natural or artificial, care should be taken when chewing hard foods such as popcorn and nuts, and chewing on ice should always be avoided.)
Caring for Dental Crowns
The care for your new crown is the same as that of your natural teeth! Brush twice and floss once daily, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.
If you are looking for a state-of-the-art dental crown in a comfortable setting, please call Advanced Dental Center at Advanced Dental Center Phone Number 928-778-0970.
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I had my teeth cleaned with the hygienist Penny, she was very friendly and made me feel comfortable in the chair. Looking forward to my next cleaning! The office was clean and professional looking with beautiful art of Prescott displayed throughout. Dr.Edwards did amazing crown work on my front teeth, he explained everything that he was doing which put me at ease. The treatment was painless and he made sure I was 100% satisfied before putting my crowns on permanently. I love my new smile and how natural it looks! Thank you Dr. Edwards and team!
- Rose A