Dental Crowns Scottsdale
For many years Dr. Ann Sielicki has used dental crowns, or caps, to rehabilitate teeth affected by decay or damage. She may recommend a crown if a cavity has destroyed a large portion of your tooth structure, or if part of your tooth has broken off due to trauma. Thanks to a dental crown, Dr. Sielicki can quickly recreate the appearance of a healthy tooth and restore your ability to bite and chew comfortably. Crowns also help to protect your affected tooth from further damage or decay.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that encases the entire natural tooth surface to restore it to its original shape and size. Every crown is color-matched to the shade of the surrounding teeth for a very natural and lifelike appearance. You can bite and chew on a crown just like you would a strong, healthy tooth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
If you require a dental crown, you can look forward to the following benefits:
- Natural-looking tooth
- Restored dental function
- Stronger tooth structure
Types of Dental Crowns
Traditional Dental Crowns
Traditional dental crowns are created in an outside dental laboratory and require at least two visits to fit and place. During the first visit, the decayed or damaged tooth is prepared for the crown, and impressions are taken of the prepared tooth to help guide the creation of the custom crown. A temporary crown is worn for several weeks over the prepared tooth while the custom crown is being constructed. Once the permanent restoration is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the custom crown is bonded into place.
Years ago, crowns were exclusively constructed from metal materials or porcelain-fused-to-metal. As dental materials and technology have evolved, all-porcelain crowns have become very popular, as they offer the greatest aesthetic appeal.
At Sonoran Dental Design, we use Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) technology to design, fit and place beautiful crowns in a single visit. With the system’s three-dimensional photography feature and onsite milling unit, we can take quick impressions of your affected tooth and use a computer program to digitally design your crown; then, we can fabricate the restoration from a block of high-quality porcelain while you wait. There is no need for messy impressions, multiple dental visits or ill-fitting temporary crowns.
Dental Crown Aftercare
Dr. Sielicki will provide you with complete aftercare instructions for your new crown. Good oral hygiene habits and regular check-ups will help extend the life of your new crown.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
What is the difference between crowns and veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used for cosmetic purposes, such as to hide minor chips, cracks, stains or spaces. Crowns are used to rehabilitate decayed or damaged teeth.
How long do porcelain crowns last?
With the proper care, dental crowns can last five to 15 years. The lifespan of your crown depends on how well it is designed and placed, and how well you take care of it.
Does a crowned tooth require special care?
Crowned teeth should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Routine dental visits are highly recommended to ensure the integrity of crowns.
Will my dental crown be noticeable?
No, your dental crown will be carefully designed to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth. No one should be able to tell the difference between your crown and the rest of your teeth.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
For additional information about crowns, Dr. Sielicki invites you to call or email our practice today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily