Our teeth are very strong, able to withstand powerful bite forces and pressures. However, this doesn’t mean our teeth are impervious to damage. Our teeth can be chipped or experience serious decay, which threatens the health and stability of our smile. To repair damaged teeth and provide natural looking restoration, Dr. Evans and Dr. Wager may recommend a dental crown. Like our fillings, a dental crown is a restoration that improves the health, function, and appearance of a tooth.
What are Crowns?
A tooth with deep decay, chipping, or fracture may require a dental crown. Also called a cap, a dental crown covers the part of a tooth that extends above the gum line. In cases where a composite filling won’t offer sufficient strength, a crown may stabilize the tooth and restore functionality. The dental crown protects the remaining tooth structure and helps prevent further cases of infection or decay. A dental crown serves a number of functions. In addition to repairing decayed teeth, a dental crown helps replace missing teeth by anchoring dental bridges into place and topping dental implants.
What are Dental Crowns Made Of?
We offer crowns made from a number of materials. Based on the amount of damage to and location of the affected tooth, we can place an all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), or gold crown. Usually, Dr. Evans and Dr. Wager will choose a porcelain, tooth-colored crown for teeth visible in a smile. This makes the restoration blend with natural tooth structure so that it’s inconspicuous. For teeth that withstand biting and chewing pressure, porcelain-fused-to-metal or gold crowns offer optimal strength.
Receiving a Dental Crown
Crown placement requires two office visits. At the first appointment, your doctor will prepare the tooth and secure a temporary restoration that you will wear until we receive the final crown. In the interim, an expert ceramist at a dental lab will design and fabricate your restoration based on impressions and your Reno dentists’ exact specifications. Once the crown is delivered to us from our dental lab, you will return to Wager Evans Dental for placement of the permanent crown. Dr. Evans or Dr. Wager will first check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Then, the crown will be placed using a powerful adhesive.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
If you have any questions or concerns about our dental crowns or any of our other dental restorations, then contact Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans today. Click here to request an appointment, or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities.