In a perfect world, all of your permanent teeth would remain healthy your entire life, but accidents and injuries happen. A dental crown can restore a cracked or chipped tooth, preventing further damage, and eliminate the need for an extraction. At the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in the North East Corner of Warner and Kyrene, in Tempe, Arizona, Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, regularly uses dental crowns to restore his patients’ smiles. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, call or click the online booking tool to request your consultation today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits over a damaged or decaying tooth to improve its strength, size, or aesthetic appearance. Once placed, a permanent dental crown encases the entire portion of your tooth that sits above your gum line.
Dr. Smallwood and the team at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts regularly use dental crowns:
Dental crowns can also make cosmetic modifications. For example, a crown can cover up decaying, yellow, or severely discolored teeth.
Getting a dental crown takes two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, Dr. Smallwood performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes digital X-rays of your teeth. He uses your digital X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and also to examine the surrounding bone and gum tissue. If your tooth is healthy, Dr. Smallwood can move forward.
Before preparing your tooth for a dental crown, Dr. Smallwood administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. Next, he reshapes your tooth receiving the crown, carefully filing down the sides and top.
After reshaping your tooth, Dr. Smallwood uses a digital scanner to take a series of 3D scans. These scans are sent to a dental laboratory that manufactures a dental crown to Dr. Smallwood’s measurements.
Lastly, Dr. Smallwood applies a temporary crown and sends you home.
When your permanent dental crown arrives at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts a week or two later, you return for your second appointment.
At your second appointment, Dr. Smallwood removes your temporary crown and compares the fit and color of your permanent crown to your other teeth. If everything looks how it should, he uses a topical anesthetic to numb your tooth and cements your permanent crown in place. Usually, the entire process takes between 60-90 minutes.
Dental crowns typically last between 5-15 years, but in some cases, they last even longer. To extend the longevity of your dental crown, brush and floss regularly, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice, and visit Dr. Smallwood at least once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
If you’ve chipped or cracked one or multiple teeth, dental crowns are worth considering. To request your consultation at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts, call the office or click the online booking tool today.