What are Crowns?
A dental crown is a dental cap for the tooth. It is used to cover the tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or to improve its appearance. There are several reasons crowns are used. Such as, improving the color and shape of teeth, rebuilding a broken tooth, cracked tooth, fractured tooth, or otherwise damaged tooth, decayed teeth, or after a root canal treatment. Sometimes an otherwise healthy tooth needs to be crowned in order to adapt a dental appliance to it for stability. This is the case with partial dentures and to replace missing single teeth by attaching a replacement tooth to the surrounding teeth. Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.
At Parkview, we only use the best crowns to give you the best results.
What are the different kinds of dental crowns?
For your front teeth, we use IPS e.max® crowns. These crowns contain no metal but rather are made out of a high-tech ceramic. E.max® crowns demonstrate exceptional life-like esthetics along with fracture resilient toughness. There is no metal alloy base with this crown which means no unsightly looking grey line around the gum line. With a fracture rate of 0.4%, IPS e.max demonstrates a clear clinical performance which has made it the gold standard in restorative materials. You get a ceramic crown which is tough and enduring but delicate in appearance. They are strong, long lasting and unlikely to crack or fracture as compared to many other types of crowns.
E.max crowns can be used in stand alone crowns, veneers, a bridge or implants. Learn more from the manufacturer here .
For your posterior (back) teeth, there are different concerns. Your back teeth are under incredible pressure, especially if you grind your teeth. On the other hand, because they are back teeth, there is a little more flexibility because they are less visible. Accordingly, I use BruxZir® crowns for these teeth.
BruxZir crowns are the #1 prescribed brand of full-contour zirconia in North America. These crowns are milled out of one solid piece of zirconia. Zirconia is a white solid used as a synthetic substitute for diamonds in jewelry, so its very resilient. These crowns were originally designed for those who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), so, they provide a stronger and more durable crown. BruxZir crowns are an esthetic alternative to cast a gold and metal crown.
Learn more from the manufacturer here.
What is a bridge?
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing tooth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by a natural tooth or dental implant.
There are many reasons to get a dental bridge. You may need one to:
- Keep the shape of your face.
- Distribute the force of your bite by accounting for a missing tooth.
- Maintain the position of other teeth in your mouth, so they do not drift.
Some people also get dental bridges to improve their smile. Whatever the reason you need a bridge, it can take several visits to our office to complete the bridge installation. A fixed bridge can last more than a decade when given proper care.
Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if crowns or bridges can help you.
Why Get Dental Crowns at Our Fountain Hills Office?
We hear from many patients around the Fountain Hills and Rio Verde, Arizona, areas that are looking for a dentist who treats them like family. At Parkview Dentistry, we practice gentle dentistry. We believe in fully explaining every procedure, so our patients understand what is happening. We never pressure you into making quick decisions. We present your treatment options, and we talk them through so you fully understand and can make an educated decision.
We want what is best for you. If you need more complex treatment, such as root canal therapy or complicated tooth extractions, we will refer you to a specialist rather than do it ourselves. We prefer to save your natural teeth if possible. But if you require other treatment, such as crowns or bridges, we can perform this for you and answer all your questions about the procedure.
Throughout the treatment process, we return to one essential question: Is this treatment necessary? We can sit down with you to discuss your X-rays or look at intra-oral camera photos, identifying all of your treatment possibilities. Only when you have all the information can you make an informed decision.
Contact Us for Tooth Crown Dentistry in Fountain Hills
When you come to Parkview Dentistry, you receive care from the very best. Dr. Laskis has developed a well-earned reputation for excellence in Arizona. She earned Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doctor” award in 2018, the only dentist from Fountain Hills to receive such recognition.
Our dentistry stands out from others because of our outstanding customer care. Our team cares about you and your oral health. We take the time to get to know you, which allows us to offer you treatment tailored to your desires and preferences. Other advantages of choosing Dr. Laskis include:
- We have received Better Business Bureau accreditation.
- We discuss your insurance coverage with you before a procedure, so you understand what is covered and how much your out-of-pocket expense will be.
- We offer financing for those who need long-term payment options.
Parkview Dentistry sees you as more than just a patient. You become a part of our family of care. We value each one of the people we treat, and we appreciate you choosing us for your tooth crown and bridge needs.
Are you interested in receiving an estimate for a dental crown or bridge? Not sure whether you need one? Contact us today to set up an appointment at our office in Fountain Hills.Back To: Restorative Care