questions about dental crowns

Questions About Dental Crowns

questions about dental crownsSummerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada

At Inspire Dental of Summerlin, Las Vegas cosmetic dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson can install a crown to repair a damaged or severely decayed tooth.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about crowns.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is like a cap that essentially covers the entire exterior portion of your tooth. The purpose of the crown is to strengthen a tooth that is brittle or to repair extensive damage or decay. A crown can also be placed over a tooth at the conclusion of a root canal procedure. The crown will be customized to fit your specific tooth, and it will blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Why get a dental crown instead of getting my tooth extracted?

Your cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas, Dr. Wilson, recommends saving a tooth whenever possible. Although pulling a tooth may seem like the cheaper option today, you may suffer from oral health problems later including teeth that drift and become crooked, an uneven bite that results in jaw pain, shrinking gums and jawbone, premature aging of the face, and more.

How long should I expect my dental crown to last?

At Inspire Dental of Summerlin, we use cutting-edge technology and materials to ensure we provide patients with elite dental care that lasts. Most crowns should last a decade or longer but should be inspected at each dental cleaning and examination. Maintaining a healthy regimen of oral hygiene will prolong the life of your dental crown. Failing to practice oral hygiene on a regular basis may compromise the integrity of your dental crown.

What does a dental crown look like?

Dental crowns are layered with high-quality dental porcelain that mimics the same look as dental enamel. Since each crown is customized, your crown will look completely natural in your mouth, matching the size and shape of the surrounding teeth. A dental crown that is made to cap a back tooth will even have the tiny grooves on the chewing surface, just like your natural teeth!

How long does it take to get a dental crown made?

The process of getting a dental crown involves two appointments and will take about two weeks to complete the final restoration. At the first appointment, Las Vegas dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson prepares the tooth and takes impressions of your mouth and bite, which are used to handcraft your crown. We will make a temporary crown to cover your tooth while you wait for your permanent restoration to be made.

Your permanent crown will be ready in about two weeks. You will need to come back to our office for your new crown to be installed, at which time Dr. Wilson will make any adjustments as necessary. Then, we will permanently bond the dental crown to your tooth.

Are there any other options to save my tooth?

The answer depends entirely on the specific situation for each patient. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson always strives to conduct minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Sometimes, a tooth-colored filling or a porcelain inlay or onlay may be a better treatment option that allows for more of the natural tooth to be preserved. However, a thorough assessment of your tooth, as well as your oral health, will help in determining which option is best for you.

Dental Crowns in Summerlin

If you would like to learn more about dental crowns or any other restorative or general dentistry services that we offer, please call our office today at (702) 331-4700 to schedule a consultation.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin is proud to provide cutting-edge oral health care for patients in the areas of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada.