Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers that our Scottsdale dentist Dr. Gore places over a damaged tooth. Crowns cover your tooth to restore its size and shape and improve its appearance. These dental caps, crowns when cemented in place, will encase the portion of your tooth that lies above and at your gum line.
We recommend getting a dental crown when your teeth:
- Require immediate protection from tooth decay
- Are chipped or cracked
- Are misshapen or significantly destroyed so that approximately less than 80% of the tooth remains intact in many cases.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will be in the office for a slightly longer appointment but you will receive the crown at the same appointment in most cases. You will have a 20-30 minute break while the intricate designing and fabrication of the crown is done. In most cases, you will receive an anesthetic to make you comfortable during your appointment. The damaged tooth structure is removed and final images of your teeth will be taken with a small video camera, in preparation for the design and fabrication of the crown from the milling machine. Once the crown is milled, the dentist will try the crown on to assure the shape and fit are perfect, the crown will then be glazed and placed in a very hot firing oven to reach the maximum hardness of the crown material. When the crown cools, the tooth is disinfected and the crown is sterilized and permanently cemented.
Although we don’t anticipate a patient will experience pain following a crown procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to have some tenderness in the anesthetic injection sites.
In addition, some irritation in the gum tissue surrounding the crown may occur, and periodically patients may experience some cold sensitivity in the tooth. Don’t worry when this happens. Many times this can be the result of the crown needing to be slightly adjusted to gain better harmony with the opposing teeth. Remember you were likely still slightly numb when you left the office and the equilibration may need a slight tune-up once the anesthetic wears off. Some pain is normal within the first 24 hours after a crown is placed.
You can expect to return to your normal activities following your appointment. You will be cautioned about not drinking hot liquids or chewing hard or extremely sticky foods (caramel, taffy, bubble gum) until the numbness from the anesthetic is gone due to the risk you could bite your lip or pull the crown off until the cement is 100% hardened (usually within 24 hours). Patients can extend the life of their crown by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting their dentist for regular exams and cleanings.
The total cost of a dental crown will depend on the materials used and if the crown will be fabricated in the office or sent to a laboratory for fabrication. Our financial specialists can review payment options and review insurance coverage for those patients with dental benefits.
SAME DAY DENTAL CROWNS
Dr. Gore can restore your tooth or sometimes several teeth the same day with Cerec in office porcelain crowns. Our computer software uses CAD-CAM technology and a milling unit to create your crown office. Thanks to our quick fabrication technology, you don’t have to wear a temporary crown for a week or three. In most cases, we’ll be able to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that look and feel like natural teeth all within a single visit on the same day.
Enjoy eating and smiling again with permanent and natural-looking crowns.
If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gore to learn more about how crowns may benefit you. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy GOREgeous Smile, so come in soon to find out how yours can be improved!
Dr. Rod Gore Main Office
Scottsdale, AZ 85255