Crowns

Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants

General Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Sierra Vista, AZ

If you crack a permanent tooth or develop a cavity, dental crowns can limit pain, prevent further damage, and restore your chewing and biting abilities. At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Kent Hales, DDS, offers both traditional and implant crowns. These restorations contain zirconia and, with proper care, can last 10-15 years at a time. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Crowns Q&A

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What are crowns?

Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings used to repair a damaged or decaying tooth. Usually, they cover a molar or premolar –– the teeth at the very back of your mouth. 

Crowns restore a tooth to its near-original shape, size, and appearance. They can also cover dental implants or prevent harmful bacteria from entering your tooth following a root canal.

What conditions can dental crowns address?

The team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants uses dental crowns to:

  • Protect weak or decaying teeth
  • Restore broken or severely worn down teeth
  • Cover teeth with large fillings
  • Hold dental bridges in place
  • Make cosmetic modifications

They also use dental crowns to cover stained or discolored teeth.

What are the different types of crowns?

The team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants offers zirconia restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Zirconium dioxide (zirconia) is a synthetic material that’s incredibly tough. It mimics the strength and durability of your natural tooth enamel, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without the risk of cracking, chipping, or other types of damage.

What is the process for getting crowns?

Your provider conducts an oral exam and asks you about your treatment goals, then prepares your tooth to receive the crown. Your provider administers a local anesthetic and shaves a thin layer of enamel off the top and sides of your tooth.

Your provider takes a series of digital impressions and uploads them to an on-site milling machine. Your molds serve as a blueprint for crafting your custom zirconia crown.

Once the machine finishes, your provider bonds the new crown to your damaged or decaying tooth. You leave the office with a fully restored smile and a renewed ability to bite and chew.

How do I care for my dental crown?

You care for a dental crown just like you would your permanent teeth. The team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants recommends visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam and brushing and flossing regularly.

If you play sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard. You should also avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice or popcorn kernels. 

To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, schedule an appointment at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants. Call the office or book online today.