Dental crowns are thin-walled cap-like restorations that are placed over teeth that are compromised. They are made from tooth-colored ceramic material and are bonded on to the tooth surface using dental adhesives. Thereby, they cover the tooth entirely and improve both its aesthetics and function.
Dr. Thor G. Thorson, DDS, Dr. Stephen S. Garner, DMD, and Dr. Jason R. Boeskin, DMD, are highly experienced dentists and have treated numerous patients with dental crowns. Our dental practice at Yuma, AZ, is one of the most sought after ones in the region as we provide comprehensive treatment to all types of dental anomalies.
Are you the right candidate for crowns?
Our dentists would thoroughly screen the oral set up of patients before recommending dental crowns for them. Some of the factors taken into consideration are:
- The extent of damage caused to the tooth
- Accumulation of calculus on the tooth
- Periodontal health
- Amount of natural tissue to be removed
- Previous restoration to the tooth, if any
Sometimes, the dentist would recommend a different restoration instead of a crown, such as inlays, onlays, veneers or bonding. But when the tooth structure is too weak to withstand the forces due to biting and chewing, a crown would be apt.
The tooth will be prepared prior to the procedure by cleaning and buffing. This is done to remove a layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth to accommodate the crown. The dentist would take x-rays, scans, and accurate molds to determine the exact shape, size and placement of the crown. The data from these will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating a conventional crown. However, when it comes to ‘same day crowns’, the data will be sent to a CEREC machine that mills out the crown from a piece of ceramic in a short span of time.
The crown will be placed on the tooth and checked for comfort and fit. If the patient feels that it is perfect, the dentist then bonds it to the tooth with the help of dental adhesives. A curing light will be used to harden it and firmly bond the crown in place.
What are the advantages of crowns?
- Crowns can be used for several restorative and cosmetic dental purposes. They are used to restore teeth that are broken, misshapen, chipped, cracked, discolored, worn out or weak due to a root canal therapy.
- They hold the tooth structure intact and prevent its failure.
- They look exactly like natural teeth and hence, don’t ruin the aesthetics of your smile.
- They exhibit high durability and are long-lasting.
Call us at (928) 317-1900 or schedule an online appointment to know more about crowns and how best to go about your treatment.