If you have a damaged tooth (whether due to injury or decay), a dental crown in Mesa, AZ is an effective restoration for bringing the tooth back to health and full functionality.
What are dental crowns in Mesa, AZ?
Dental crowns in Mesa, AZ are also called caps because they cover a tooth completely. They can be used for a variety of reasons: to hold together a weak or cracked tooth; to restore a broken or severely worn tooth; to anchor a bridge; to cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth; or to support a tooth with a large filling. Crowns can be made using ceramic, porcelain, resin, or stainless steel; porcelain or ceramic is usually chosen for cosmetic crowns.
Having a dental crown in Mesa, AZ placed normally takes two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared to receive the crown by having any damage removed and being cleaned. If the tooth is severely damaged or broken, it may need to be filled in to make it large enough to support the crown. Otherwise, a small portion of it will be filed down in order to make room for the crown to fit. Impressions are then taken of the treated tooth and surrounding teeth. These are sent to a dental lab where the permanent crown will be made. At the end of the first appointment, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the prepared tooth. When the permanent crown returns from the dental lab, a second visit to the dentist will be needed to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one cemented on. The dentist will make adjustments as needed to ensure that the fit and bite are correct. After some adjustment, the crown should feel as well as look and function like a regular tooth.