If you have a broken tooth or extensive tooth decay, you may need a dental crown to treat it. Dental crowns are a method of restoring your tooth to its full function while protecting it from further damage. At Gallegos Family Dentistry, we can restore your smile with modern techniques and technologies, like same-day crowns, so you can get back to living your life.
Our office takes the time to build a relationship with you and craft a personalized treatment plan for your unique smile. We give you all your options and the education you need to make an informed decision about your dental care. If you need dental crowns in Albuquerque, you can count on our skilled and experienced team to help. Schedule your appointment today!
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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration used to cover a damaged or weakened tooth. Significantly damaged or decayed teeth can be sensitive and painful, impacting your daily life and the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that fit over any kind of tooth, from molars to incisors. Each crown is customized to look and feel as natural as possible, blending in with the rest of your smile. Some of the benefits of covering a tooth with a crown include:
When you visit our office, we will examine your teeth to determine if you need a crown and clear away any decayed or damaged portions of your tooth. Then, we will create your restoration either in-house or through a trusted local dental lab.
A same-day crown is made in-house with advanced 3D scans of your teeth and a special machine to custom-make your crown. Usually, when using an outside dental lab, we would invite you back for a follow-up appointment to place the final crown. Same-day crowns can typically be completed in one appointment but offer the same durability and natural look as a traditional crown. If we determine that you are a good candidate to receive a same-day crown, you can expect to walk out that day with a restoration for your smile.
A crown protects a compromised tooth from further damage and decay. When your tooth enamel is significantly worn down, it can't protect the inner network of sensitive nerves and blood vessels. This can lead to pain, sensitivity, and, if left untreated, infection. No matter your situation, our team will work closely with you to learn about your goals and decide the best treatment for your unique case. Some common reasons why you may need a crown include:
After Root Canal Therapy: When you have completed root canal therapy on a tooth, it is still exposed and vulnerable to bacteria. A crown covers and protects the tooth, restoring strength and aesthetic appeal.
Significant Tooth Decay: When your enamel is too damaged for a dental filling to fix, crowns are an excellent way to restore the integrity of your tooth.
Broken or Cracked Teeth: An accident or sudden impact can lead to dental trauma that leaves your tooth exposed. A crown can cover the remaining tooth structure to restore its natural size, shape, and function.
Discolored, Chipped, or Misshapen Tooth: Dental crowns can also restore the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Crowns are durable and versatile enough to stand up to daily use on any tooth, which can make it a good choice compared to other restorations.
Our team values education and will walk you through the entire process so you know what to expect. We can also address your questions and concerns before, during, and after treatment. Some of the most common questions we receive about dental crowns are:
How do I care for my new crown?
To care for your crown, you should treat it like your natural teeth by maintaining your dental hygiene routines. It's essential to continue to brush and floss your teeth, including your crown. Please avoid using your teeth as a tool, as using excessive force on your crown can crack or chip it. Additionally, it's important to have regular dental checkups, which allows us to monitor the integrity of your restoration.
How long do crowns last?
Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5-15 years. They are very durable, but their longevity depends on how much wear and tear your crown goes through and how well you maintain proper oral care. Caring for your crown and general oral health is the best way to make it last as long as possible.
Are crowns painful?
A crown can help relieve pain and sensitivity caused by a decayed or broken tooth. The fitting process may cause some discomfort, and you may experience tooth sensitivity immediately after placement, but your dental crown should not cause long-term discomfort or pain. If it does, you should contact our office so we can make any necessary adjustments.
Dental crowns could be the solution you need to restore the strength and health of a weakened tooth. The team at Gallegos Family Dentistry offers compassionate, personalized care that prioritizes your unique needs. We are passionate about helping you achieve a healthy, happy smile free from pain. If you are looking to restore your smile with custom dental crowns in Albuquerque, including same-day crowns, our team can help. Call our office today!
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