Dental Crowns in Phoenix, AZ

Dental crowns are also known as “caps” because they completely cover a tooth when they are placed. They are used to restore the function and appearance of a tooth that has been damaged too severely for a filling to successfully treat. Arizona Family Dentistry is happy to provide this treatment in Phoenix, AZ.

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are coverings that are custom-made from a variety of materials to be fit onto a tooth. They are used to address a number of dental concerns, including to:

  • Hold together a weak tooth to protect it from breaking or fracturing
  • Hold together pieces of a tooth that has already fractured
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Cover a tooth that has been treated with a root canal
  • Change the appearance of a tooth

Crowns can be made of ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel, or resin. Most commonly, porcelain or ceramic are used because they produce the most natural-looking restorations.

Procedure to Place a Dental Crown

It will usually take two visits to Arizona Family Dentistry to successfully place a dental crown in Phoenix, AZ. Your first appointment will be for preparing the tooth or teeth being treated. This consists of removing a small portion of the tooth to create enough room for the crown to fit comfortably. A local anesthetic will be applied to the tooth and surrounding areas to ensure that you are not in pain or discomfort for the procedure. Once the tooth is the right shape and size for receiving a crown, your dentist will make an impression of it and send that to a dental laboratory. It will take a couple of weeks for the dental lab to create the crown. In the meantime, your dentist will place a temporary crown onto the prepared tooth at the end of this first appointment to keep it protected until your next visit.

When the crown has been completed, you will return to our dental office in Phoenix, AZ to have the temporary crown removed. The permanent crown will be bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive to complete the treatment.

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