Dental Crowns in Scottsdale, AZ
Affordable Dental Crowns & Caps for Damaged or Decayed Teeth
Have you found yourself with a tooth that’s become significantly decayed or damaged? Extraction isn’t your only option. In many cases, a dental crown can restore the appearance and function of your tooth.
You can visit Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics to see if a dental crown or other procedure could be just what you need for the smile of your dreams.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a common type of tooth replacement that can restore a damaged tooth while protecting its roots. The crown itself is a porcelain or ceramic cap that goes over the tooth after it has been prepared.
The damaged tooth serves as a base for the crown, providing it with the strength and durability necessary to stand up to everyday activities like chewing and speaking.
When it comes time for your dental crown, Dr. Todd Shatkin will trim away excess material to make a solid base. This is a safe procedure that can give you the best outcome for long-term oral health.
Your Dental Crown Procedure
Getting your dental crown starts with contacting Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics regarding a particular issue. We’ll assess the affected tooth to determine whether a crown is the right option for you.
This assessment will include using the latest X-ray technology to make sure that a crown will be safe and effective. In some cases, you may also require a root canal in preparation for the crown. This is common when decay or infection has spread to the pulp inside your tooth; a root canal solves this problem.
During your first visit, in preparation for the procedure, we’ll use specialized tools to reshape the tooth to serve as a base for the crown.
From there, we’ll take an impression of the tooth that will be used to make a custom-built crown that’s the perfect fit for you. We’ll take into account the size and shade of your natural teeth so that the end product is a match.
You’ll receive a temporary crown during this first visit to protect the prepared tooth. Creating your custom crown can take several weeks, at which point you’ll return to our office for the permanent application. We apply the crown to the prepared tooth with dental cement, making sure that the fit and appearance are just right.
Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics can also provide crowns for dental implants. In cases where the roots of the affected tooth can’t be saved or the tooth is already missing, a dental implant can provide a solid foundation for a dental crown. We also provide free consultations to determine whether mini dental implants could be right for you.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are a few key reasons why crowns are often the best option for patients. They’re often used in cosmetic dentistry to restore the appearance of damaged but otherwise healthy teeth. If you have an irregular tooth, a crown can be used to bring it in line with the rest of your smile and give you the self-confidence you’ve been looking for.
Dental crowns are also an effective way to protect damaged teeth. If a tooth has become seriously damaged or decayed, it’s susceptible to further issues in the future. A crown provides excellent protection to the core and roots of the tooth, preventing further complications.
A crown is typically a much better option than an extraction whenever possible. Removing a tooth entirely can open the door to other teeth shifting their positions, causing misalignments, grinding, and other problems in the long run. Instead, a crown ensures continued oral health.
If you’re missing several teeth, you may require crowns to serve as the foundation for a dental bridge. The same procedure will be applied to the two teeth on either side of a gap, allowing them to hold a bridge of several replacement teeth in place.
Crowns are a common procedure that can benefit a wide range of patients dealing with damaged or decayed teeth. You can reach out to Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics today to learn more about your options.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are a semi-permanent tooth replacement with a long expected lifespan. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the average crown will last around ten years. This can vary depending on many individual factors and how well patients maintain their crowns.
There are certain care requirements that can help you get the most out of your replacement tooth. Avoiding grinding or clenching is among the most important. If these issues contributed to the damage to your teeth in the first place, we can discuss options to deal with them in order to protect both your crown and your natural teeth.
It’s also best to avoid chewing some harder foods like nuts or ice cubes. Using your teeth to bite things other than food, like packaging or your fingernails, is also inadvisable. We’ll go over comprehensive care instructions when discussing your dental crown to ensure that you’re well-equipped to maintain it.
Crowns can be replaced once they’ve worn down or otherwise become damaged unless there are other complicating factors. If a crown has simply come loose, there’s a good chance that we can reattach it. When you do need a new crown, we will carry out a similar impression and fitting process to when you received the original crown.
Are Dental Crowns My Only Tooth Replacement Option?
Every patient is unique, and at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, we’re sure to carefully evaluate your individual needs to develop an effective treatment plan. Whether that includes dental crowns depends on the nature and extent of the issues you’re having with your teeth.
For purely cosmetic issues, some patients choose porcelain veneers instead, particularly for the front teeth. This involves trimming away a thin layer of material from the front of the teeth to make room for the veneers, which then present a bright and uniform appearance.
If you’re missing teeth or require extraction of multiple teeth, then a dental bridge may be the best option. Patients who are missing most or all of their teeth can consider partial or complete dentures as an option.
In many cases where a tooth is too damaged or decayed to serve as a base for a dental crown, mini dental implants can be an effective solution. This process will involve embedding a small post into your jawbone that will provide a foundation for a dental crown.
No matter what specific type of problem you’re having with your teeth, dental crowns are likely worth considering. Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics provides free consultations to discuss treatment plans, and we can help you find the perfect tooth replacement option to give you the smile of your dreams.
Finding the Right Tooth Replacement Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ
If you’re dealing with damaged, decayed, or discolored teeth, you should reach out to Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics today. We provide a wide range of cosmetic and restorative procedures, including dental crowns.
You can put your trust in the team here and Dr. Todd Shatkin, who has over 30 years of dental practice experience. Just reach out today to schedule your consultation.