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Most people have heard of dental crowns, although in some areas they are referred to as dental caps. This type of restoration dates to early Etruscan cultures when crowns were made of gold as an obvious symbol of wealth. Today, in the hands of an experienced dentist, patients in Twin Falls, Hailey, Kimberly, Jerome, and Buhl can have porcelain crowns that look extremely natural.

What is a tooth crown?

A crown looks like a hollow tooth. It fits over the remaining structure of a prepared tooth, with the natural root intact. Crowns can be made of metal or porcelain over a metal core. However, most people prefer the lifelike appearance of all porcelain restorations.

A crown may be recommended to:

  • Repair a tooth with a large cavity.
  • Restore a broken tooth.
  • Stabilize a significant fracture.
  • Restore and protect a worn-down tooth.
  • Strengthen a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
  • Top a dental implant for replacement of a missing tooth.
  • Anchor a dental bridge.
  • Improve aesthetics of a tooth with unattractive shape, size, color, or alignment.

Getting a crown in just two visits

At the initial appointment, your mouth is numbed. Areas of decay or damage are removed, and the tooth is shaped to hold the crown (this may involve removing additional structure or building it up with bonding material). Impressions are taken, and the tooth is safeguarded with a temporary crown.

The dentist sends this precise mold, measurements, and shading information to an off-site dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. When you return in about two weeks, the interim restoration is painlessly removed, and the new crown is cemented into place.

Are all dental crowns in Twin Falls created equal?

Not necessarily. As with most dental work, with crowns you tend to get what you pay for. Dr. Justin Cress believe a crown should have the fit and quality to potentially last as long as your own teeth. They work with a reputable U.S. dental lab, for restorations created by a credentialed ceramist, using top quality porcelain materials. Fit is checked and adjusted as many times as necessary before cementing, to ensure balanced bite.

Call (208) 544-4848 to schedule your crown consultation with Justin C. Cress, DDS.

Dental crowns at Cress Dental explained by Dr. Justin Cress

What Are the Dental Crowns and Treatments for Dental Crowns in, Twin Falls, Idaho
What are dental crowns? If you are also confused about how dental crowns can complete or enhance your smile, watch this video to learn more as Dr. Justin Cress from Cress Dental explains all about it.

What are dental crowns?

Hello, this is Dr. Cress from Cress Dental in Twin Falls, Idaho. I want to discuss a bit about what dental crowns are and what they’re used for.

Some patients refer to them as caps or dental caps. In the dental profession, we usually refer to them as a crown.

When a tooth is broken down too far for a filling to fix, then we put a crown on there.

Other reasons for crowns are to change the size and shape of a tooth or to change the color of extremely discolored or broken down teeth.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

Dental crowns help hold the tooth together in a way that will increase the chances of a patient having that tooth for the rest of their life, hopefully, or at least for a longer time.

Dental crowns usually help patients feel more confident, get more use out of their teeth, and improve the way things look. This is very important for people’s self-esteem these days.

How to take care of dental crowns?

We use the tooth underneath to hold the dental crown in a person’s smile. So we take care of a dental crown much like we take care of our teeth by brushing and flossing.

Feel free to give us a call to make an appointment.


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