Versatile Restorations Save Teeth & Enhance Your Smile
While teeth are powerful tools, they’re not indestructible. If your teeth become damaged by decay or trauma, they may become vulnerable to serious oral health conditions. If you have a damaged tooth or need a restoration for a replacement tooth, the doctors at Desert Hills Dental Care offer durable and natural-looking dental crowns.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that can be made from a variety of materials including, gold, porcelain, and composite resin. They contain hollow openings which allows them to be fitted over your teeth or a dental implant. Dental crowns can also be used as part of restorative dental procedures including root canal therapy, or as part of other restorations, such as implants and bridges.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Crown restorations come with a host of benefits, such as:
- Restores the form and function of a damaged tooth
- Natural look and function
- Lasts 15 years or longer
- Stain-resistant and less prone to damage and decay
- Prevents bacteria and decay from further affecting the tooth
- Saves teeth from extraction and preserves your natural root system
The Dental Crown Process
Before getting your new crowns, you’ll attend an initial consultation with one of our Farmington dentists. During your consultation, our dentists will examine your mouth, discuss your dental goals, and review your medical history with you. This information will allow them to determine if you’re a candidate for dental crowns.
Your dentist will also let you know about your other available treatment options so you can make a decision that’s informed and right for you. Once you and your dentists have decided to move forward with dental crowns, we’ll help you pick the material for your crown.
Next, we’ll apply a local anesthetic and your dentist will alter the targeted teeth into a base that can fit your new dental crowns. We’ll take images and impressions of these teeth that we’ll send to an offsite lab. There, your crowns will be manufactured. You’ll return to our Farmington office once your crowns are ready.
Installing Your Dental Crowns
Your dentists will check the look and fit of your crown with you before it’s installed.. Then, your dentist will fit the crown over the prepared tooth, sealing it in place with a special dental adhesive. Once the crown is secured, you can start enjoying your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
The exact cost of your dental crown will vary based on a number of factors, including the materials used, how many crowns you need, and your insurance coverage. We recommend you call your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn what your plan will cover. At Desert Hills Dental Care, we also offer financing, including third-party financing through CareCredit to help make your treatment more affordable.
Receiving your dental crown will be a painless experience from start to finish. Thanks to local anesthetic, the most you should feel is mild discomfort following the procedure. After your crown is installed, some pain and sensitivity after you receive your crown is normal and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Restore Form & Function To Your Smile With Dental Crowns
With crowns, you can preserve your natural teeth, enhance the beauty of your smile, and protect your oral health. To learn more about these versatile restorations, or to schedule an appointment at our Farmington office, give us a call at (505) 327-4863. You can also fill out our contact form and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.