I have been coming for a little over a year now and I couldn’t be more happier with Dr. Seth and all the staff at Verde River Dental. Everyone always has a smile on their face and is and has been so nice and helpful. You leave the office knowing your care is important to Dr. Seth and the entire staff! Thank you to all the wonderful caring people at Verde River Dental. You truly make my dental visits great! – Debra S.
A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. Once it is permanently bonded in place, only a Dentist or specialist can remove it.
With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years.
Crowns require two office visits.
A crown may be diagnosed by the Dentist to:
- Restore and protect a tooth that is worn, decayed, cracked, or broken
- Protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place
- Improve your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
The Dentist will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection. There are three types of crowns. Each type has its own characteristics and qualities:
Porcelain is attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear. It offers a high level of biocompatibility because it does not contain metal. A porcelain crown provides the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth and is an excellent choice for front teeth.
Metal offers strength and endurance. A metal crown may be recommended for back teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are the greatest. A metal crown rarely chips or breaks. In addition, it requires minimal removal of tooth structure.
A gold or other high-noble metal crown offers biocompatibility. A base metal crown is often the least expensive treatment options; however, it lacks biocompatibility and may cause allergic reactions or gumline discoloration.
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, the Dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed upon-treatment is a dental crown, the Dentist will apply a local anesthetic to prepare your tooth or dental implant.
After your tooth or dental implant has been prepared and shaped for a crown:
- A putty-like material is used to make impression of your prepared teeth. Your crown will be fabricated for a precise fit based on this impression.
- You will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your tooth/implant and gums until your permanent crown has been fabricated.
- During a second office visit, the Dentist will fit your permanent crown and bond it to your tooth or dental implant.