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Dental Crowns (Caps) – CEREC – Scottsdale, AZ *

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Overview

Transforming teeth can be a breeze with dental crowns, or caps, that are fitted over a damaged tooth to transform its function and appearance. Scottsdale, AZ dentist, Dr. Rod Gore, uses crowns to fix broken teeth, discolorations and stains, and/or extensive tooth decay. Dr. Gore also uses caps to strengthen teeth with other restoration treatments like dental bridges. Made of various materials like ceramic, metal, or porcelain, crowns not only restore a tooth, but match with existing teeth for a seamless smile. In most cases, Dr. Gore and his team can simply take a digital image of the tooth with no gooey impressions, design the final restoration chair side with CAD (computer-aided design), and mill the restorations in the office. One of the best parts is that patients can even watch as their restoration is being milled. CEREC essentially brings the entire lab process “in-house,” which gives Dr. Gore complete control over the creation of the crown. After the milling process, the restoration is polished, glazed, bonded, and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth in just one single visit!  

What to Expect

A dental crown can usually be completed in one visit with CEREC same-day crowns. After the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown, digital impressions with be sent to the CEREC machine, which will craft a custom crown for the patient while they wait. Once the crown is made, the dentist will place the crown, then adjust and fit the crown before permanently attaching the dental crown.

Treatment Aftercare

Patients do not usually have any pain after a crown is placed, but some patients experience discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Depending on the material, crowns can last from 7 40 years. Patients can extend the life of their crown by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting their dentist for regular exams and cleanings. If oral health is neglected, the tooth under the crown may develop a cavity or infection that will require more extensive treatment, like a root canal.

Anticipated Costs

The total cost of a dental crown will depend on the materials used, as well as the number of teeth treated, their condition, size, and location. Porcelain over metal crowns are about $500  $1,500 per tooth. Metal crowns costs from $600 $2,500. All porcelain crowns are usually about $800  $3,000 per tooth. The dentist will go over estimated costs and financing options during the patient’s consultation and the front office can check with the patient’s insurance to determine if any of their costs are covered.

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If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth, schedule a consultation with the dentist to learn more about how crowns can help you. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, so come in soon to find out how you can improve yours.