Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also known as “caps” because they completely cover a tooth when placed. At Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC, crowns can be used for a variety of reasons, both restorative and cosmetic. To improve the appearance and usage of one or more teeth in Anchorage, a dental crown may be the solution for you.

Why is a crown needed?

Crowns can be placed to:

  • Protect a weak tooth in danger of breaking
  • Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
  • Cover a dental implant

Procedure

It usually requires at least two appointments to Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC to have a crown placed. A crown can be made of several different types of materials, such as stainless steel, metal, ceramic, and porcelain. Each has its uses and disadvantages, as well as price level. Your dentist in Anchorage will help select the most appropriate material for your case.

During the first appointment, the tooth receiving the crown will be prepared by being filed down a small portion. This creates room for the crown to fit. It will first be numbed and have any decay removed. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, instead of filing it down, your dentist will use a filling material to build it up to be able to support the crown. An impression will then be made of the tooth and a temporary crown will be placed on the prepared tooth to keep it protected until the next appointment.

The permanent crown will be made in a dental laboratory using the impressions. It normally takes two to three weeks for it to be completed. You will return to Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one placed. Your dentist will first check the fit and make any adjustments needed before cementing it onto the prepared tooth.

If you are in need of a simple and affordable dental restoration in Anchorage, make an appointment at Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC to discuss the possibility of getting dental crowns.