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By Superstition Mountain Dental
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsGive your smile the crowning touch and protect your teeth from further damage with dental crowns.

It’s common for many people to experience damage to a tooth at some point during their lifetime. Perhaps you bit down on an unpopped kernel or you were knocked in the face while playing sports. There are endless scenarios in which teeth end up cracked, broken, or damaged in some way. Of course, if this happens, it’s time to visit our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, who might recommend getting a dental crown.

What is a dental crown?

Crowns have been around for a long time, so chances are pretty good that you already known what a crown is. But do you know what it actually does? This tooth-shaped restoration is completely hollow and it is designed to cover the visible part of the tooth that lies above the gumline. By encapsulating the tooth the crown becomes its new and stronger outer barrier to protect it from further damage.

Since no two teeth are ever the same, this will require our Gold Canyon, AZ, cosmetic dentists to take measurements of your mouth so that your crown offers the perfect and precise fit when placed over your tooth. A crown is also designed to mimic the color and shape of a real tooth so you won’t even be able to tell which tooth is sporting a dental crown.

When is a dental crown needed?

There are many instances in which a person could benefit from a dental crown. While crowns are usually used for restorative dental purposes they also offer cosmetic benefits as well. You may benefit from a dental crown if you are dealing with a:

  • Cracked, fractured, or broken tooth
  • Misshapen or malformed tooth
  • Tooth that is severely discolored and resistant to teeth whitening
  • Weak tooth
  • Tooth that is severely decayed
  • Tooth that can no longer be properly supported by a dental filling

In fact, crowns can also be used to help replace a missing tooth. If you decide that you want to get a dental implant to replace a single tooth then a crown will be placed over top of the restoration. If you decide to get a dental bridge to fill that gap in your smile, crowns will be placed on teeth surrounding the gap to support the false tooth in the middle.

If you want to learn more about dental crowns or the other restorative dentistry options that we offer here in Gold Canyon, AZ, then call Superstition Mountain Dental today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsAt Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn work hard to restore heavily damaged teeth. If you have lost a large amount of tooth structure due to decay, multiple fillings, or injury, you may be a candidate for a dental crown. Crafted from high-quality porcelain in one visit to Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, a CEREC crown will cover that injured tooth and make it look brand-new.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration which replaces damaged dental structure above the gum line. When your dentist covers your tooth with a crown, your tooth will look and function as if it were never:

  • Decayed
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Abscessed
  • Poorly shaped

Also, crowns restore dental implants, strengthen and beautify teeth treated with root canal therapy, and anchor fixed bridgework to neighboring natural teeth, says the American Dental Association. All in all, a crown is one of modern dentistry's most reliable and versatile restorations.

Placing a dental crown

In his Gold Canyon office, your dentist will evaluate your tooth for the crown process. Simple visual inspection and digital X-rays tell Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn if your tooth is healthy enough for a crown and if the supporting gums and jaw bone are viable. If they are, the doctor can proceed with the restoration.

At Superstition Mountain Dental, your dentist uses an innovative process to craft your crown. It's called CEREC, and it all happens in a single, one- to two-hour visit.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Unlike traditional processes, CEREC treatments use CAD/CAM software to design and mill the crown. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing make the crown in about 15 to 20 minutes right in the treatment room.

The dentist uses digital impressions and other instructions to tell the chairside apparatus how to shape and color the crown. Typically, these crowns look natural and fit perfectly right out of the CEREC machine. The doctor simply bonds them onto the prepared teeth.

Benefits of CEREC crowns

Chairside restorations mean:

  • No sticky impressions
  • No wait times for crowns to return from the lab
  • A single in-and-out dental appointment
  • A crown which usually lasts for years

Consult with us

As a patient at Superstition Mountain Dental, you know how skilled and compassionate our dental team is. Your dentist offers the best treatment plan geared to your immediate needs, cosmetic goals, and long-term health.

Why not call the office today to arrange a CEREC crown consultation in Gold Canyon, AZ? Restore that damaged tooth, and enjoy a complete smile. Phone (480) 671-7777.