If you have a tooth that is no longer functional or aesthetically pleasing, you want the cosmetic dental work you have performed help it blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. This is something Dr. Cheyenne Fazeli at SunWest Dental can help you achieve with dental crowns. She matches the crown to the shade of your natural teeth as part of the process of equipping you with a new crown.
Dental Crown Definition
Each one of your healthy teeth contains a crown and a root. The crown sits above your gum line while the root is the section that sits out of sight below it. When you injure a tooth or have another serious dental issue, Dr. Fazeli might suggest that she remove some of the natural crown of the tooth and replace it with an artificial crown. Dental crowns help to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible and help to prevent tooth extraction.
Reasons You Might Need a Dental Crown
Here are several common reasons why Dr. Fazeli might recommend that you receive a dental crown:
Cracked or chipped teeth: A chip or crack can happen for many reasons, including trauma to the mouth and biting into food too hard or at an awkward angle. Unfortunately, it can become quite painful to live with a cracked or chipped tooth. You also run the risk of allowing an untreated crack or chip to grow larger. When Dr. Fazeli places a crown over the affected tooth, it redistributes chewing force and reduces pain.
Improve aesthetics: Have you always felt dissatisfied with the shape or color of one of your teeth? Placing a crown over the tooth enables it to blend in with your other natural teeth while improving your smile at the same time.
Replacement of broken cusp: Dentists refer to the center part of a tooth as its cusp. Unfortunately, cusps can break easily due to the stress of chewing. Installing a dental crown over a tooth with a broken cusp provides it with renewed strength.
Root canal treatment: If you require a root canal, Dr. Fazeli creates a hollow space inside of the tooth to eliminate the infection. Placing a crown on the treated tooth can prevent fractures.
Tooth decay on over half of the tooth: It’s usually not possible to treat a tooth with more than 50 percent decay with traditional filling materials. That is because the extensive decay makes it difficult for the tooth structure to hold the filling. If attempted, the filling is likely to crack when exposed to pressure. You could also need a crown due to the formation of stress fractures from very old fillings.
Worn teeth: This problem occurs the most often due to teeth grinding. Done repeatedly, teeth grinding makes the teeth shorter. Acid reflux can also cause a shortening or wearing of the teeth. Either situation can cause enamel to wear away from your teeth until you can no longer bite or chew with them. Placing a crown over worn teeth allows you to bite and chew again with full force.
What to Expect with the Installation of Dental Crowns
On the day of your dental crown procedure, Dr. Fazeli injects numbing anesthesia around the tooth receiving a crown to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort while she’s working. If you have had a root canal or a tooth fracture, she needs to use filling material to build up the tooth before placing a crown on top of it. If required, the added materials help to keep the crown attached to the tooth.
For the next step, Dr. Fazeli begins to shave down the tooth requiring a crown to make enough room to place the crown on top of it. She uses putty or a digital scanner to take an impression of your tooth. This image makes it possible for her to match the shade of your existing teeth to your new crown.
You will receive a temporary crown for approximately two weeks until Dr. Fazeli receives your permanent restoration back from the laboratory at SunWest Dental. When you come in for a return appointment, your dentist removes your temporary dental crown and puts the permanent restoration in its place. She first checks the fit of the crown, your bite, and the smoothness of your margins before placing the permanent crown. She uses a special form of dental cement as adhesive and then places a curing light over the tooth to speed up the process of the crown merging with the tooth.
Could You Benefit from a Dental Crown?
You don’t have to continue living with worn, painful teeth that lack function or make you feel less attractive. Dr. Fazeli and the entire staff of SunWest Dental want to see you look and feel your best with a new dental restoration. We invite you to contact our office in Chandler, Arizona today at 480-895-3252 to learn more about dental crowns and whether you’re a good candidate to receive one.