Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

Receiving dental crowns in Tempe is a very popular procedure. Crowns are a customized approach to tooth restoration, putting a cap on top of a damaged tooth, starting at the gum line, to hide the effects of decay or a broken tooth from view and to protect the rest of the tooth. While crowns are sometimes considered a cosmetic procedure, there are many health benefits that come with having this procedure done.

Why You May Need a Crown

Crowns are used to add strength and stability to teeth. Anyone with a large filling, broken teeth, or who has undergone a root canal needs a crown for numerous reasons. Without a crown, the tooth cannot stay sturdy for long. Any structural damage to the tooth may become full of bacteria and food particles, leading to infection. Even if this does not occur, the tooth could break completely, resulting in other costly work. Crowns prevent both of these things from happening while also improving your smile. Individuals who have missing teeth may also need crowns. Crowns can be attached to dental implants to offer tooth replacement and extra stability.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

One of the biggest benefits of porcelain crowns is that they help a patient keep as much of their natural tooth as possible. Failure to receive a crown can sometimes result in the loss of multiple teeth, not just the one that was already damaged. When one tooth becomes severely decayed or needs to be extracted, the rest of the teeth can quickly become misaligned. Infections also spread fast. Having crowns put in can help to prevent this type of dental emergency from occurring.

While crowns can be made from multiple materials, porcelain crowns are the most popular. These look and feel much like natural teeth, making them undetectable to most people. Additionally, they are easy to care for, requiring the same type of oral hygiene as the rest of your teeth do.

Process

While the specific procedure may vary depending on your needs and the condition of your teeth, there are a few general steps all crown procedures follow. Patients are typically given local anesthesia to prevent any pain and discomfort that may occur. After this, the tooth may need to be treated or portions removed to make room for the crown. Impressions of the tooth are then taken, so that a permanent crown can be created.

Patients looking for a family or cosmetic dentist in Tempe, AZ can contact us at Tempe Smile Design. Our team is made up of experienced oral health professionals, committed to serving the Phoenix area with the best dental care possible. Contact us today to learn more about receiving or caring for your crowns or to book your appointment.


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