Dental Crowns

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Cavities form when plaque builds up due to a lack of excellent oral care. The plaque will then harden, forming bacteria that burn microscopic holes in your teeth’s enamel. A cavity left untreated can cause the tooth to become brittle and deteriorate. Fortunately, dental crowns are available to aid in restoring your teeth. Prevention Dental in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce that we now provide dental crowns to assist with essential oral repairs. A crown might be your best option if you need an extensive cavity. If you need a Boise dental crown, see us today!

What is a Dental Crown? 

A dental crown is a protective covering for a damaged tooth. It can restore your mouth and provide complete functionality, regardless of the condition. Crowns restore cracked or fractured teeth, extensive cavities, or tooth decay. They are custom-made to match the tooth architecture of your other teeth, so you won’t even notice you have an artificial tooth.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns offer numerous benefits for restoring and protecting damaged teeth. One of the primary advantages is their ability to strengthen teeth that large fillings, cracks, or fractures have weakened. The crown acts as a protective cap, reinforcing the remaining tooth structure and preventing further breakage. Crowns can also improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or cosmetically flawed teeth, giving you a more attractive and uniform smile. For teeth that are severely decayed or have undergone root canal treatment, a crown provides excellent coverage to seal out bacteria and preserve the tooth. Dental crowns can last 10-15 years with proper care, making them an exceptionally durable and long-lasting solution. Crowns also offer versatility – they can be used alone for individual tooth restoration or as anchors for dental bridges to replace missing teeth. With their functional and aesthetic benefits, dental crowns from Prevention Dental can help you regain a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.

What are the Different Types of Crowns? 

Dental crowns come in various shapes and sizes, but full and partial crowns are the most common and widely used. A full crown is a complete dental prosthesis. It will cover the tooth beneath it. It is seamless with the gum line, ensuring no food gets underneath the crown. The crown permits your tooth to heal entirely while allowing you to eat and speak normally. A dental sealant is similar to a partial crown. It simply covers the tooth’s crown. A dental sealant is popular when the original tooth is not entirely broken or decaying.

What are Dental Crowns Made of?

We can now produce dental crowns from a variety of materials. We will discuss the numerous materials you can pick from and their pricing during your appointment with the dentist regarding how a dental crown can benefit you. Porcelain is the most popular material since it looks like a natural tooth. On the other hand, gold and ceramic are often less expensive but more noticeable.

What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown

At Prevention Dental, Dr. Glen Stephenson and his team are committed to making your dental crown experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our attention to detail, use of advanced materials and techniques, and dedication to patient education ensure you receive the highest quality care at every step.

Step 1: Initial Consultation and Evaluation 

Your journey to a new dental crown begins with Dr. Stephenson’s comprehensive consultation and examination. He will thoroughly assess the condition of the tooth in question, take X-rays, and discuss your treatment goals. This step helps determine if a crown is the best solution for restoring your tooth’s structure, function, and appearance.

Step 2: Preparing the Tooth 

Once you decide to have a crown, the next step is to prepare the tooth. Dr. Stephenson will carefully reshape the tooth by removing a thin outer enamel layer. This preparation allows the new crown to fit properly and ensures a secure fit. For teeth that are severely decayed or damaged, a build-up material may be used to reinforce the tooth’s core.

Step 3: Taking Impressions 

After we prepare the tooth, Dr. Stephenson will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth. These impressions capture your bite’s exact shape and contours, ensuring your new crown fits comfortably and functions correctly.

Step 4: Choosing the Right Shade 

Dr. Stephenson understands the importance of creating a natural-looking crown that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth. He will carefully select the perfect shade of porcelain or ceramic to match your smile’s unique color.

Step 5: Temporary Crown Placement 

While you wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated in a dental laboratory, Dr. Stephenson will place a temporary crown over your prepared tooth. This protective covering will help maintain the tooth’s position and protect it from sensitivity or damage.

Step 6: Creating Your Custom Crown 

A skilled dental technician will meticulously craft your custom crown using the impressions and shade information. Dr. Stephenson works closely with trusted dental labs to ensure we use the highest quality materials and techniques.

Step 7: Trying on Your New Crown 

Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to Prevention Dental for a fitting appointment. Dr. Stephenson will carefully try on the new crown, check the fit, bite, and aesthetic appearance, making any necessary adjustments for a precise and comfortable fit.

Step 8: Permanent Crown Placement 

When everything looks and feels perfect, Dr. Stephenson will securely cement your new crown. He will provide detailed instructions on caring for your new crown and what to expect during the adjustment period.

Step 9: Follow-Up and Maintenance 

After receiving your new dental crown, Dr. Stephenson will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the crown’s condition and ensure your complete satisfaction. With proper oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits, your new crown can last for many years, restoring your smile’s strength, function, and beauty.

How to Care for Your Dental Crown

Proper care and maintenance are essential for ensuring your new dental crowns from Prevention Dental last for many years. Dr. Stephenson and his team will provide you with detailed instructions. Still, some general tips include brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing once a day to remove plaque from around the crown, and avoiding habits like nail-biting, chewing on ice/hard objects, and clenching or grinding your teeth. 

It’s also essential to visit Prevention Dental for regular cleanings and check-ups so Dr. Stephenson can monitor the condition of your crowns. During these visits, he can polish off any surface stains and ensure your crowns function correctly. If you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Stephenson may recommend wearing a nightguard to protect your crowns from excessive wear. With good oral hygiene habits and preventive dental care, your custom crowns from Prevention Dental can give you a strong, attractive, and long-lasting smile.

Boise Dental Crowns

Your smile is one of your most valuable assets, and having strong, beautiful teeth can boost your confidence and overall well-being. If you’re dealing with damaged, decayed, or unsightly teeth, it’s time to invest in a solution that will restore your smile’s full potential – dental crowns from Prevention Dental in Boise. Don’t let a problem tooth impact your smile’s beauty or function any longer. By choosing Prevention Dental for your restorative dentistry needs, you can work with a top-rated Boise dentist who genuinely cares about your oral health and satisfaction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephenson today.