At Sage Dental Care, we customize treatment for every patient according to their needs, and we understand that not every tooth can stay in pristine condition. That’s why we provide dental crowns, which offer lifelike restoration for injured, decayed, or broken teeth. We are happy to help your smile overcome obstacles and become beautiful, functional, and confident again, so give us a call and schedule an appointment if you have teeth that need dental crowns!
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a prosthetic that replaces the top portion of a tooth. In most cases, other than implant restoration, the crown attaches to the root of a natural tooth, bringing back the tooth’s lost structure and strength.
If a tooth is injured or broken, a dental crown can hold the remaining parts of the tooth together, allowing you to keep the natural tooth beneath. Similarly, a tooth that has significant decay and cannot be fixed with composite resin fillings needs a crown to protect the vulnerable interior. This restoration may also be used to complete a single dental implant or cover a small or misshapen tooth.
For a dental crown, your tooth may need decay or damaged sections removed first, perhaps through a root canal or other therapy. In other situations, the tooth simply needs to be reduced to accommodate the new crown. In this process, we’ll remove some of the enamel. Then, we’ll get impressions of your mouth so that we can design and create your customized zirconia crown, which is fabricated here in our office thanks to CEREC technology. Once your permanent crown is finished, we’ll bond it on top, completing your natural-looking smile.
In most scenarios, a dental crown is all that stands between a patient and losing the tooth. It strengthens a damaged tooth that would otherwise be too weak to continue functioning on its own. Our dental crowns are also crafted to look just like a real enamel, which means that others won’t be able to tell that the tooth has a prosthetic on it. We have both the science know-how as well as an artistic eye to make sure your crown blends in seamlessly with the rest, so your smile appears completely natural and cohesive.
Even if you understand everything explained in the content above, you may still have questions about dental crowns in Reno. We have taken the liberty to answer some questions that we’ve been asked by patients in the past and hope that you’ll find the responses you’re looking for. If, however, you would like to discuss these in greater detail, don’t hesitate to bring them up during your appointment. We’ll happily address all your concerns and help you feel comfortable and confident moving forward with treatment.
Without anesthetic, getting a dental crown would be painful. Your comfort is important to us, which is why we make sure your mouth feels completely numb before we remove any enamel. Just like getting a cavity filled, you may have a tiny bit of soreness or sensitivity after getting a dental crown as the anesthetic wears off; however, any discomfort should be temporary. As soon as you can feel again, you can begin using your new crown!
The zirconia material used to make your dental crowns does not get cavities like enamel does. Although the prosthetic crown itself is not susceptible to decay, the natural tooth underneath is. The cap protects the underlying tooth structure, but bacteria can reach underneath the crown, infecting the tooth. As a result, you still need to take care of your dental crowns so that the tooth beneath can stay in good working condition. You also need to worry about the health of your gums, which can be negatively affected if your crowns are not properly maintained.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration or Esthetic Ceramic, which basically means that these crowns are crowns that are made right here in our office and placed in your mouth on the same day. The fabrication process typically takes about an hour, but a same-day crown does not involve a temporary crown or a second appointment. By doing our own milling in-house, we offer more convenience as well as the ability to make quick adjustments if necessary.
Keep in mind that dental crowns are not necessarily permanent. They can eventually get damaged or come out and will need to be replaced at some point. The lifespan of dental crowns is usually between 5 and 15 years. As you can see, that is a pretty wide spread, and how long your dental crown lasts often comes down to how well you maintain it. If you have a balanced diet with limited sugar, brush and floss daily, and come to our office for regular checkups and cleanings, your crown will likely land on the high end of the spectrum.