About Dental Crowns
To heal and protect broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly over the the tooth above the gumline in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled with a tooth-colored filling or if the tooth is broken and needs protection. Crowns can also be used to mask a discolored tooth or to add to the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at West Valley Family Dental can be ceramic, metal, or porcelain, depending on the location of the crown. The molar and premolar teeth usually benefit from the extra strength of metal, while the visible teeth look better with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
"I've been going to West Valley Family Dentist since 2016. The staff is always very helpful with explaining procedures and billing and very friendly. I recently had to go back for a deep cleaning and a filling. The hygienist was very good at explaining what she was doing step by step which helped with my anxiety and was patient and gentle with me. I then saw Dr. Rael and her assistant Marni for my filling and they were on top of everything from making sure I was comfortable during the procedure explaining what to expect to calling the oral surgeon to coordinate what needed to be done further which was a relief to know I was in good hands and felt they actually cared about my concerns! Thank you West Valley Family Dental for making my dentist trip smooth!"- K.B. / Yelp / Jun 06, 2019
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"The staff was very kind, welcoming, and professional. My dental hygienist took the time to not only tell me how my gums and teeth were doing but offer solutions that I can do at home to help improve those areas. I highly recommend this place."- P.Z. / Google / May 30, 2019
"I like where they are located. I like the office staff and everyone else who works there. They are friendly and professional. I tell others often that they're great."- S.R. / Google / May 16, 2019
What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists first prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking digital X-rays and impressions of the tooth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown can be placed on the tooth while the customized crown is being crafted. When the customized crown is returned to West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ, our dentists will carefully bond and fit the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the crown for the best fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but the majority of patients do not have any pain after a crown is set. With proper home care and regular dental examinations and cleanings, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, depending on the material and position of the crown. In some cases, a cavity or bacterial infection may build under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
If the crown is considered medically necessary, dental insurance companies generally cover part of the cost, so our office staff at West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket costs. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing plans are available through our office in Glendale, AZ and can be discussed during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental cap can be used to protect a cracked or decayed tooth, as well as hide a cosmetic flaw. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, talk to our dentists at West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ and find out if a dental crown is a good solution for your needs and concerns.