what are dental crowns?

Dental crowns or “caps” are restorations that cover and protect the tooth structure. Teeth crowns are made to strengthen and improve the appearance of your teeth. Glendale Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Nathan Tenney, uses the highest quality laboratory to fabricate our crowns. These tooth crowns can be made from different materials which include full crowns made with Empress Porcelain. In certain cases, we will fabricate porcelain to metal crown (usually on posterior teeth) and in some cases a gold crown can be made.

For more information regarding these procedures and others such as veneers (LumineersDurathinMacveneers) and sedation dentistry in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona, call us at 602.734.0050.

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Who is the Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Dental Crowns?

Good candidates for dental crowns should have one or more teeth that have been impacted by trauma or decay. Porcelain crowns are ideal for use following root canal therapy and are often used to support dental bridges and restore dental implants as well.

dental crown procedure

Your 1st appointment will begin by giving you a local anesthetic to make the tooth numb. If you are apprehensive, we have Nitrous Oxide, headphones or sedation, your doctor will prepare the tooth. He will remove any old filling and decay that is in the tooth and prepare the tooth to maximize retention and esthetics. He will then take a final impression of the tooth for the lab to create the porcelain tooth crown.

For a lab produced crown, we fabricate your temporary, which you will wear while the permanent is being made. The temporary will be cemented so we can easily remove it at the cementation of the permanent crown.

During the temporary phase( while you are waiting for your permanent crown) you will need to take extra special care of the temporary so it does not come off. Be careful flossing around the temp and don’t eat anything sticky (like caramel). If the temp should come off, please call us as soon as possible to have it cemented back on.

At your 2nd appointment to bond the permanent crown, the temp will be removed after you are numb. Dr. Tenney will fit your new porcelain crown by checking the contacts between your teeth, to make sure it is tight enough. Dr. Tenney will check the bite and adjust accordingly so your bite is comfortable. Together we will make sure the shade and shape are correct and then we will bond the new crown. We will use a bonding cement and a high intensity laser to make the crown bond with the tooth making it as strong as your original natural tooth.

Hopefully this information will help in answering your questions and concerns about what a crown is and what the procedure entails. Here are a few examples of what the types of teeth crowns look like:

porcelain vs. metal crowns

How Long do Porcelain Crowns Last?

Porcelain crowns may last for up to 15 years if cared for properly. This includes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste (no baking soda or charcoal) to brush your teeth after every meal and snack, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations.

Empress Crown Before & After Photos

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real patient testimonials

I have been going to Desert Smiles for almost all my life. I moved to California briefly and it made me appreciate them all the more when I HAD to see someone else. The staff is consistent and professional. I trust them and drive across town because it’s worth it. — E.D

Dr. Tenney and the whole staff at Desert Smiles are delightful, attentive, and considerate, not to mention great at what they do. I appreciate that I not only get the best in dentistry services, but I also enjoy the experience. It takes great care and effort to make that all happen, and I want them to know that it’s noticed. Thank you, Desert Smiles. — S.M

Great experience with Desert Smiles today. The office was clean and comfortable. The greeting I received at the front desk was professional and kind. Perhaps the best cleaning I have ever had, very thorough yet light to the touch. Dr. Tenney has great bedside manner and again professional and thorough without the sales push that I have gotten at other offices. Can’t say enough, will be back! — A.C

I have been going to Desert Smiles for over 2 years for teeth cleaning and cosmetic dentistry! The staff and Dr. Tenny Amazing! I fell and chipped my tooth and they got me right in and fixed it today. I highly recommend them- extremely sanitized and taking all covid precautions! — S.H

So thankful I found Dr. Tenney!! His staff is wonderful, too. I’ve been a frequent visitor lately while getting a smile makeover and everyone has been incredible since day one! Today I got my temporary veneers and everything went so incredibly smooth and they made sure I was comfortable the entire time. I will never go anywhere else. — E.B

Are There Diet Restrictions After Getting Teeth Crowns?

Sticky foods, hard foods, and non-food items (like pens) can damage temporary crowns and should be avoided during the brief waiting period between tooth preparation and final crown placement.

Your customized dental crowns will look, feel, and function like natural tooth enamel. Sticky and crunchy foods are okay, but ice, hard candy, and non-food items (like fingernails) should be avoided. This is exactly the same for your natural teeth.

How can I Prepare Before Getting Porcelain Crowns?

Crowns require no special preparation on your part. We will place your crowns over the course of two visits. During your first visit, we will prepare the teeth being treated, make an impression of your smile, and cover the prepared teeth with temporary crowns. On your next visit, we will place the crowns that have been fabricated to exquisite detail by our dental lab partners. All you need to do is come to your appointment.

If you are nervous about crown placement, we would be happy to discuss the safe and gentle sedation options offered at our Glendale office. Please let us know if you would like to discuss sedation during your initial consultation.

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If you have questions about teeth crowns / tooth crowns, contact Desert Smiles to set up a dental crown appointment with our Phoenix Cosmetic Dentist.

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