dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay or trauma. They can also be used to secure a dental bridge or to restore dental implants.

At Desert Smiles, we utilize advanced technology from Planmeca to plan, design, and craft dental crowns – often in just one visit – allowing us to save you time and money while perfecting your smile in the shortest amount of time possible.

If you suspect your smile would benefit from one or more dental crowns, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, and all surrounding areas at our comfortable Glendale office.


problems treated by dental crowns

Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they are used to cap teeth that have been damaged. Reasons a dental crown may be necessary include:

  • Severe Decay
  • Cracked or Broken Enamel
  • Tooth Infection/Root Canal
  • Missing Teeth

For dental bridges, a crown may be placed over teeth adjacent to a gap, giving the wings of the bridge a secure and reliable anchor. Dental crowns are also placed on top of dental implants during the restoration phase when the smile is being perfected.

what will my dental crowns look like?

Dr. Nathan Tenney crafts dental crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. Taking time to match adjacent teeth in shape, size, and shading, Dr. Tenney is able to produce a natural-looking result that, with proper care, will continue to provide strength and beauty for years to come.

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our dental crown technology

At many dental offices, the procedure for dental crowns involves making a putty impression of the teeth, fitting the teeth to be treated with temporary crowns, and sending the impressions to a third-party lab where the crowns will be fabricated.

This process requires two to four office visits and may take several weeks. What’s more, while the crowns fabricated by a third-party are made to the dentist’s specifications, they are made by technicians who do not know the patient and sometimes must be returned for modifications, further delaying the perfection of the smile.

At Desert Smiles, we use the Planmeca Emerald™ S scanner instead of putty to make impressions of the teeth. Making a digital impression is not only more precise and accurate, it is significantly more comfortable than putty, which can get stuck in between teeth and cause other discomforts.


same-day dental crowns

Dr. Tenney uses the Planmeca Planmill® 30 S to plan, craft, and place dental crowns in a single office visit. Nearly all of the crowns placed at our office are created in this manner, enabling us to save our patients time and money without compromising strength or aesthetics.

Our in-office milling unit is designed to work with the Emerald™ S scanner. Using CAD/CAM technology we are able to use this unit to craft dental crowns from a single block of material. This helps to ensure the highest quality results for lasting aesthetics and durability.


caring for your dental crowns

Once placed, you will care for your dental crowns in the same manner as your natural teeth. Optimally, this means:

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth after every meal and snack
  • Flossing from root to crown, in between every tooth, at least once a day
  • Visiting our Glendale office every six months for professional cleanings

Dental crowns are incredibly strong, but they are not impervious to damage. It is best to avoid chewing on hard candy or ice and to never put non-consumable items in your mouth. It is also best to avoid harsh abrasives in your toothpaste as these can scratch or otherwise damage dental restorations.


are temporary crowns strong enough?

Temporary crowns are not strong. When you have a temporary crown, it is important to take extra special care so that it does not come off. Flossing around the temporary restoration may need to be avoided. So too might chewing sticky or crunchy foods.

Temporary crowns can fall out. They can irritate gingival tissue. They can heighten sensitivity and expose nerves – and in some cases, they will need to be worn for several weeks.


contact desert smiles for a consultation

Are you interested in learning more about in-office dental restorations? Do you believe you could benefit from a same-day dental crown? Call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tenney today.

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