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Customized Dental Crowns Can Strengthen Damaged Teeth

If you suffer from a decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown can repair the strength and integrity of your smile. Crowns can also be combined with dental implants to replace individual missing teeth. Dr. Len Gerken, serving patients in and around Oro Valley, AZ, prides himself on providing personalized restorative services tailored to your needs and goals. We use lifelike, durable materials for our restorations, including zirconia, porcelain, and metal fused to porcelain. Dr. Gerken works closely with a local lab in Phoenix, which allows us to hold our patients' results to the highest standards.

What is a Dental Crown?

We use lifelike, durable materials for our restorations, including zirconia, porcelain, and metal fused to porcelain.

Also known as a cap, a traditional dental crown is designed to cover the entire visible portion of a compromised tooth. Crowns can also replace a single missing tooth in conjunction with a dental implant, or support a dental bridge to restore up to three missing teeth in a row. While dental crowns are typically used for restorative purposes, they can also improve the appearance of severely discolored teeth or misshapen teeth.

In order to place a crown, your doctor will first remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth.

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

During your visit, we will evaluate your smile and address any questions or concerns you may have. To diagnose any underlying conditions and recommend appropriate treatment, we may also take digital x-rays of your teeth and jawbone.

Dr. Gerken may recommend a dental crown if you have a:

  • Decayed tooth
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Worn or misshapen tooth
  • Missing tooth
  • Severe discoloration which fails to respond to whitening
  • Dental infection which requires root canal therapy

If you are receiving an implant-supported crown, you must first undergo dental implant surgery. Keep in mind that you must also wait for your implant post to fully heal before you can receive a permanent crown, which can take anywhere from four to six months.

The Treatment Process

If you are receiving a traditional dental crown, Dr. Gerken will begin by administering a local anesthetic for your comfort. We can then resize the tooth to make room for the dental crown. This process helps to ensure the restoration looks natural and will not disrupt your bite. Once the tooth is fully prepared, we can take impressions of your smile. These will be sent to a trusted dental laboratory, where your restoration will be fabricated. We can also provide exact shade information and additional measurements for exceedingly precise customization. Until your next appointment, typically seven to 10 days later, we may provide you with a temporary dental crown to minimize your risk of dental sensitivity.

When your permanent crown is ready, the doctor will check to make sure it fits comfortably in your smile. If no adjustments are needed, we can bond the crown in place with a specialized dental cement. With proper care and a good oral hygiene routine, your dental crown could last up to 15 years.

Protect Your Oral Health

When left untreated, dental decay can lead to tooth loss and jawbone atrophy. If you think you may need a crown, we encourage you to contact us online or call our office at (520) 498-0500 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerken. When you entrust your care to our team, you can feel confident that we will make your treatment as efficient and comfortable as possible.

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The best dental office. Extremely professional and yet very personal, targeted care. They always make me feel so welcome and stress my dental health is of the utmost importance. Dr. Gerken may be the best dentist in southern Arizona. I recommend him to anyone who has fears or qualms about seeing the dentist. You will be absolutely amazed.

-Alexis C.