Dental imperfections can affect the aesthetics and the health of the smile. Patients with decayed, misshaped, discolored, or cracked teeth, among other dental flaws, often smile less freely. When a person smiles less freely or feels insecure when smiling, it can have a negative impact on his or her self-esteem and even his or her daily life. Insecurities resulting from dental flaws can be detrimental to a person’s self-confidence and may even prevent the development of personal and professional relationships. Seeing the happiness a beautiful smile can bring to the lives of our patients is one of the greatest joys we experience as dentists. Dental crowns are an extremely effective and popular dental treatment utilized by ourLas Vegas cosmetic dentists. For our patients with dental flaws in Las Vegas, dental crowns may be an ideal way to achieve the smile they deserve.
Are Dental Crowns Right for Me?
Because of their versatility, dental crowns are used in many dental treatments. Some of the treatments in which our Las Vegas dental crowns may be used include:
- The reinforcement of weakened and cracked teeth
- To preserve the remaining healthy tooth structure in damaged teeth
- To restore the shape, appearance, and function of damaged teeth, such as in root canal therapy
- To cover the entire surface area of the tooth
- To protect teeth from further damage
- To support dental bridges, and to top dental implants
Dental Crowns Procedure
The entire dental crowns procedure will require two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit to ourLas Vegas restorative dentistry practice, we will take x-rays of your teeth. This allows us to see the roots of the teeth, as well as the bone. This information will be used to determine if root canal therapy is required. If your results show severe decay in the teeth or if there is risk to the tooth’s pulp, we will first perform root canal therapy before continuing to the dental crowns procedure.
The teeth must be prepared for the dental crowns. Anesthesia is used to numb the areas of the gums and teeth that are to undergo dental crowns treatment. The teeth to receive the dental crowns are filed down. The teeth are filed down along the sides and front surfaces in order to make room for the placement of the dental crowns. The amount of enamel removed depends upon the type of dental crowns you are receiving. Once this process is completed, one of our cosmetic dentists will make an impression of the teeth that are to undergo treatment. The impression acts as a model from which the dental crown will be made. The dental crown is made at a laboratory. For the two to three weeks it takes for the permanent dental crowns to arrive, temporary dental crowns will be placed to protect the teeth.
During the second visit to the dentist, the permanent dental crowns are placed. Our cosmetic dentists will check the fit of the dental crowns to ensure that they do not cause an improper bite. We will also ensure that the color of the dental crowns seamlessly blends in with the surrounding teeth. Once the fit and color are correct, the dental crowns are cemented in place.
Contact Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry
To learn more about dental crowns, pleasecontact Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry today.