Dental crowns are commonly used by dentists to address a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental concerns. Our dentists, Dr. Dennis Garpetti and Dr. Brock Hyder, use state of the art technology to design, fabricate, and place dental crowns in Boise, ID. We will evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns and goals to determine the appropriate solutions for your dental needs. A new dental crown from LIFESMiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will look and feel like a natural tooth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, or a cap, is a dental restoration that will completely encase a tooth that is compromised. They are custom made from dental impressions of your teeth so the crown will resemble your tooth almost exactly. We offer crowns in various materials however ceramic is will most resemble your natural teeth and will blend in naturally.
As one of the most versatile dental restorations available, we can use it for many purposes. In most cases, we use it for restorative purposes. However, a dental crown can also be used as a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Your dentist may suggest a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
- Repair a chipped or cracked teeth
- Damaged or fractured teeth
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Support a dental implant
- Correct misshapen teeth
- Whiten discolored or stained teeth
- Replace a larger dental filling
- Close the gaps between teeth
- Lengthen teeth that are too short
Same Day Dental Crowns
Creating a dental crown typically takes a few weeks and several visits to complete. Thanks to advanced dental technology, CERAC® technology enables our team to create custom designed, high-quality dental crowns in Boise, ID during a single visit. Using CAD/CAM technology, our dentist will design and create your dental crown in less time than ever before.
The process of receiving a dental crown will depend on the reason the patient needs a dental crown. Your dentist will take the time to explain all aspects of your treatment during your visit.
To begin the dental crown process, your dentist will prepare the site where he will be placing the dental crown. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth for your comfort. Then they will remove the old dental restoration or any decay with a drill. Although this sounds painful, you will be completely numb and will not feel any pain.
To create room for the new crown, your dentist will need to make your tooth physically smaller. They do this by removing a portion of the top and sides of the tooth.
Creating the Dental Crown with CERAC® Technology
Using a 3-D scan, your dentist will take digital impressions of the teeth to create a custom-designed dental crown. Your dentist can create a custom dental crown that can be color matched, shaped, and designed to blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
Once the dental crown is designed, we use CERAC technology to fabricate your dental crown during your visit. He will send these images of your new dental crown to our onsite milling system where it is made immediately. All this is done while you wait patiently.
Once the crown is ready, we will try it to ensure proper fit, feel and appearance. Once you are happy, your dentist will permanently bond it to the tooth. After gently polishing the crown, you can leave our office with a fully functioning tooth and durable dental crown.
The Benefits of a CERAC® Dental Crown
- No need for a temporary crown
- Process is complete in a single visit
- Saves you time
- Stronger tooth in just one visit
- Crown will look natural
- Digital technology ensures proper fit of crown
- Process is less invasive
Dental Crown FAQs
A dental crown is a versatile dental restoration that can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Review our frequently asked questions section to learn more about them. Please reach out to our dental practice if you have more questions about dental crowns.
Is a dental crown painful?
The process to get a dental crown may seem painful however it should not cause you any pain. We will thoroughly numb you to make sure that you feel no pain. However, you will feel pressure simply from the dentist working in your mouth. The process is similar to getting a tooth filling. After the crown is placed, the tooth may feel sensitive for a few days.
How long will my dental crown last?
The better you take care of the dental crown, the longer it will last. Most crowns last between 10 and 30 years before needing replaced. If you stick to a proper oral hygiene routine, it may last longer than 30 years. This includes brushing your teeth multiple times a day. You will need to floss at least once a day thoroughly around the crown. This will remove all the stuck food particles that can cause the tooth to decay.
How do I take care of my dental crown?
A dental crown does not need any extra care. If you already practice good oral hygiene, then you will have no problems caring for your crown. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once it important to removing any food particles from around the crown. This will prevent decay and gum disease. Also, you need to visit your dentist twice a year. Here, they will check on the crown to make sure it is in good shape and make sure you have good dental health.
What should I do if my dental crown falls out?
If your dental crown falls out or gets damaged in any way, please call us as soon as you can. Our staff will work you into our schedule quickly. Please save the crown as there is a good chance we can simply re-cement it back on to the tooth. You will need to protect the tooth until we can see you. Contact us and we will walk you through how to do that and how to preserve the crown.
Schedule An Appointment
To learn more about custom designed dental crowns, visit our team at LIFESMiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise, ID. We also offer a full range of restorative dentistry services to West Boise, Idaho. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 254-6365 or request an appointment online.