Dental Crowns & Bridgework

Dental Crowns and Bridgework in Scottsdale, AZ

Damaged teeth or gaps between teeth can impact your appearance, oral health, and self-esteem. With restorative dentistry solutions, like dental crowns, veneers and bridges, there is no reason why you should compromise your smile! At Smile Arizona Dentistry in Scottsdale, we provide all types of dental restorations. We will discuss crowns and bridgework now as a solution to help you improve or regain the smile you deserve.

We have been serving the local communities including Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, and others for over 2 decades. Our lead dentist, Beth Vander Schaaf, D.D.S., is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about restoring lost smiles. Visit us at 7327 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, AZ today so we can help you with your needs and options!

 

Dental Crowns and Bridgework from Our Cosmetic Dentistry Expert

Dentist showing model crowns to patient

Dental Crowns and Bridgework from Our Cosmetic Dentistry Expert

One of the primary concerns in getting a replacement “artificial” tooth is will it appear as beautiful as a natural tooth? That’s where you can rely on us! Our dentist, Dr. Beth Vander Schaaf, has years of experience in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures and offers a FULL range of options, including beautiful porcelain and tooth-colored options that are aesthetically pleasing and highly-durable and natural.

What Crown and Bridge Options Do We Have?

At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we have a wide range of crown and bridge options available. The type or variety you should choose depends on a number of factors. Here are all types of dental crowns that we have to offer based on the material they are made of:

Dentist performing crown procedure
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Tooth-colored crowns
  • Porcelain fused metal crowns
  • All-ceramic crowns
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • All-resin crowns
  • Zirconia crowns
  • Gold crowns
  • All-metal crowns

What Is the Procedure for Getting Dental Crowns and Bridges?

A dental crown or bridgework requires generally couple of visits to see us for care. Here are the steps involved in getting a dental crown or bridge:

The First Visit

Woman getting oral examination

The First Visit

First, we examine and prepare the tooth that needs a crown or bridge. This involves taking a radiograph (an X-ray) of the affected tooth and smoothing the tooth’s outer portion including removing all decay, so that when the crown or cap is placed, it is beautiful and back to the original size of the tooth and will match any adjacent teeth.

The crown or bridge will fit precisely and properly. Sedatives or local anesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure patient comfort.

After reshaping your tooth, we will make an impression. The impression will be sent to the lab to make the crown or bridge, which may take some time in fabrication. We will provide a temporary crown/bridge to protect your prepared tooth while the permanent one is being made.

The Second Visit

We will replace the temporary crown/bridge with the permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown/bridge, we check to make sure it accurately matches the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. The permanent crown/bridge is then cemented to your tooth using a biocompatible dental cement.

Aftercare

Aftercare and follow-up visits are required to examine the placement of the crown/bridge and check how your gums are responding to it. We will explain the aftercare for dental crowns and bridges specific to your health which may include recommended a healthy diet and specific home care. This will always include preventive care (routine dental hygiene well-checks 2 to 4 times a year) and always keeping to a 6-month full examination.

What Dental Conditions Are Crowns and Bridgeworks Used For?

Dental crowns and bridges are an ideal solution for the following dental conditions:

  • A Cracked and/or a Decayed Too: A dental crown can restore a weak tooth from decay or crack and preserve its functionality.
  • Permanent Stain: A dental crown can cover a permanent stains on your tooth, ensuring a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
  • Discolored Teeth: A dental crown can be used to cover and strengthen a tooth that is discolored either by a large metal filling or root canal treatment.
  • Heavily Filled Tooth: A dental crown can strengthen a tooth that has become weak due to heavy or particularly large fillings. When there is more filling material than tooth, this is a weakened tooth.
  • Gaps Between Teeth: Dental bridges and crowns can restore the structure of your mouth by filling the gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
  • After Root Canal Care: Root canal teeth become more brittle and weak after a root canal treatment. However, dental crowns can fix this problem and strengthen your restored teeth.
  • Implant Crowns: A dental crown is required after healing on a dental implant so that you may chew with the implant like a natural tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges?

  • Protection or Restoration: A dental crown protects teeth that are weakened by root canal treatment or are damaged or decayed. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth and can restore your dental functionality, including your speech clarity and chewing ability.
  • Durability: With proper care and maintenance, a dental success is 5 years. Our goal here at Smile Arizona Dentistry is to double the standard of care to at least ten years for a dental crown(s)/Bridgework to last but with the best home care, a crown can last beyond this time frame.
  • Aesthetics: Dental crowns can be custom-made to match your teeth to give them a natural look and function. A dental bridge can enhance your smile and the appearance of your teeth.
  • Safety: Dental crowns and bridges are safe and relatively affordable restorative options for replacing a missing tooth or closing the gaps between the teeth.

How Do I Know If I Need a Crown or Bridge?

Whether you need a crown or bridge depends on your dental problems. Schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Beth Vander Schaaf as soon as you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Damage, decay, or cracks on teeth
  • Pain when brushing or chewing
  • Loose or missing tooth/teeth
  • Constant tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen jaw, gums, or lips
  • Bleeding gums or teeth

With no discomfort at all, have your examination with us every 6 months. Dental problems never hurt until they are major events needing often urgent care! One cannot feel gum disease starting or a small decay lesion!

Our dentist Dr. Beth Vander Schaaf. will examine your problems and recommend the best restorative option that can restore your smile and oral health.

Dental Crowns FAQs

Dental crowns made of porcelain, porcelain infused metal, gold, zirconia, and stainless steel and are safe and biocompatible.

On average, a dental crown or bridge can last for 5 to much longer with proper home care AND routine professional care at our office having hygiene well-checks.

The tooth that needs a crown or bridge will be anesthetized and kept numb during the procedure, so that you won’t feel discomfort. Some people may experience minor soreness around the gums or sensitivity with the temporary crown/bridge after the procedure. However, the discomfort is minimal and transient.

A dental crown lasts several years as described above but when a replacement is necessary, it: can become old and cracked or no longer aesthetic (attractive)

  • Is completely worn down or no longer matches the shade of the remaining teeth
  • Causes swelling and pain around the tooth
  • Becomes loose
  • Causes gum line to recede
  • Contains infected gum tissue
  • There is decay where the crown meets the natural tooth that supports this crown.

You can get a dental bridge after tooth extraction. However, you must wait generally 6 weeks for the final impression after extraction to help stabilize the shape of the gums to receive a dental bridge. In the meantime, you can function with a temporary bridge.

If you live in Scottsdale, or especially surrounding areas, like Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix, but absolutely anywhere or and want to find out how much it costs for dental crowns and bridges, please call us at 480-994-5225 to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule your appointment online by clicking on the button below

To our Valued Patients here at Smile Arizona Dentistry:

Due to the Governor's executive orders that go into effect on Saturday March 21st, 2020:

All hygiene care has been postponed until the week of April 6th. If you have a hygiene appointment we are working to reach you to help you with a new appointment slot. Feel free to call in to us, we will help you as soon as possible. We will return all calls; please understand our hours are shortened and we will return your calls at our first opportunity.

Many of you still need to be seen for care. If you have an appointment with Dr. Beth for non-elective treatment or if you are midcare, please continue to keep this appointment. If you are uncertain about the status of your care, please call us.

We will do our best to pass along updates affecting care, as new information is available.

If you have a new patient appointment, unless you have an urgent issue with discomfort, swelling or the like, we will move your appointment until the week of April 6th.

We will be open for your phone calls and to give recommendations for your care and ALL EMERGENCY CARE as close to business hours as possible throughout April 5th. We hope to be back to our regular schedule starting April 6th. Our emergency line 602-361-2561 is open 24/7. Please reserve this number for truly urgent situations.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.