Dental Crowns in Reno
Dental crowns strengthen and improve the appearance of damaged teeth by covering breaks and imperfections caused by dental injuries. Crowns are also used to cap a tooth after a root canal.
If you’re in need of a dental crown in Northern Nevada, Absolute Dental has locations in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City that are ready to help.
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Why Are Crowns Needed?
If you are experiencing sensitivity or pain due to a tooth being chipped or broken, you could potentially be damaging the tooth even more by not seeing a dentist. By exposing the damaged tooth to food, drink and everyday wear and tear, you may develop an infection that could lead to more serious health issues.
A professionally fitted crown could prevent further damage or risk of infection by protecting the tooth and stabilizing your natural bite. These are common situations in which a dentist will recommend a crown as the best treatment:
- A broken or chipped tooth. If one of your teeth is cracked or chipped, but there is no damage to the roots, a crown is most likely the best option to protect the sensitive tooth nerves below and allow patients to return to normal chewing habits.
- Large cavities. When a large cavity is removed, there’s often not enough tooth structure left to support a regular filling. In these cases, a crown can be placed over to the tooth to act as a splint to support and protect the tooth.
- Stained teeth. A tooth may become discolored for several reasons. Your dentist might recommend the use of a porcelain crown over the tooth to hide the stains if bonding or veneers are not the best options.
- Worn teeth. Many individuals grind their teeth while they sleep, leading to damage and wearing away protective enamel. A crown will provide protection to the worn tooth when teeth grinding cannot be prevented.
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FAQs About Our Dental Crown Services in Reno
A dental crown will typically last for about 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, a well-maintained dental crown can potentially last for decades with the proper care. By practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding potential risks, such as chewing hard foods, you can help to extend the lifespan of your crown.
When it comes to installing a dental crown, the tooth being capped and the surrounding area are completed numbed, so the patient shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. After the local anesthetic wears off, there may be some sensitivity in and around the tooth, but this will subside quickly.
Foods you should avoid with a dental crown include anything excessively sticky, chewy, hard, or tough, as they can potentially damage the crown or cause it to become loose. Some examples include nuts, seeds, granola, taffy, pretzels, and ice cubes. You should also take precautions with heavily stained foods or drinks. Although a crown is resistant to discoloration, your other teeth may become stained, resulting in uneven coloring.
Yes, and yes! If you’re in need of dental care, any of our dentists will be happy to see you the same day if there is availability. Just give us a call to see which location can get you in at a time that’s most convenient for you. Likewise, you can also visit any of our Absolute Dental locations during business hours and our team will get you in as soon as possible. Our goal is to make excellent dental care accessible for everyone, so we’ll always accommodate same-day appointments and walk-ins when possible.
We Accept Most Dental Insurance
Absolute Dental is a preferred provider for most insurances, unions, and hotels that include: Aetna, Ameritas, Boon-Chapman, Caesars Palace, Cigna, Delta Dental, Diversified, Geha, Guardian, Harrah’s, HealthSCOPE Benefits, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), Humana, Liberty, Met-Life, MGM-MIRAGE, Premier Access, The Standard, Station Casinos, Teachers Health Trust, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Venetian, and The Zenith. We also accept Medicaid.
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What to Expect When Getting a Crown
Preparing the Tooth
First, your dentist will prepare the tooth for your crown. This may involve filing down or building up the broken tooth so the crown will fit and adhere securely to the tooth. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth to be sure the crown is perfectly molded to fit your mouth.
Temporary Crown is Placed
Once you are fitted for your permanent crown, a temporary crown will be placed over the broken tooth until the permanent one is ready. It’s important to be very cautious while eating or brushing with your temporary crown.
Permanent Crown is Fitted and Installed
When your permanent crown is ready, you will need to see your dentist for the final installation. The temporary crown is removed and the broken tooth is cleaned. The crown is then placed over the tooth and x-rays are taken to confirm the fit is tight and secure. Small adjustments may be made to make sure your bite feels comfortable.
Bonding Material is Applied
The last step is cementing in the new crown. The bonding material is incredibly strong and will permanently adhere the crown to your tooth. Your dentist will recommend you refrain from eating and drinking for a short period after the installation to ensure the bonding material thoroughly sets. With proper care, your permanent crown could potentially last a lifetime.
What are the Different Types of Crowns?
There are a total of four types of dental crowns available to patients. Depending on the individual’s needs and the extent of the damage to the tooth, your dentist will determine the best option from these choices:
1. Metal Crowns
These are constructed from alloy metals such as gold, nickel, chromium or palladium. The durable material makes these crowns the longest lasting option and strong enough to withstand teeth grinding and high pressure. Because the metal cannot be matched to the natural color of teeth, they are most commonly used on molars where they are not as conspicuous.
2. Resin Crowns
These crowns are generally not as expensive as other options and are less durable than the metal crowns. This is the material most commonly used in temporary crowns because they tend to wear down faster or fracture more easily.
3. Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal Crowns
These hybrid crowns have a strong metal base with a porcelain layer on top. They are popular due to the ability to look more natural, but the porcelain can still chip if too much pressure is applied. These crowns are often used on front teeth or for dental bridges.
4. All-Porcelain or All-Ceramic Crowns
These crowns can be matched to your teeth easily so they blend in perfectly with your smile and are incredibly durable when compared to other crowns. Your dentist will be able to assess whether this option is ideal for you.
Are You in Need of a Dental Crown?
If you have a chipped or broken tooth then you are a perfect candidate for a dental crown. A dental crown is possibly the most cost-effective way to rehabilitate a damaged tooth. You also need a dental crown or cap if you are having a root canal.
Check out our Reno locations to see which Absolute Dental office is most convenient for you or your family.