Dental Crowns (Caps) by Board Certified Prosthodontist Steven Rhodes, DDS
Steve Rhodes is board certified on a national level and offers exceptional service and procedures that you just can't find at a general dentist's office! Below is an overview of the dental crown (cap) procedure we offer at our local Las Vegas office.
What is a dental crown (cap)?
A dental crown (or cap) is a tooth covering that encases the entire tooth surface in order to restore it to its original shape and size. The purpose of a crown is to protect the tooth and strengthen its original structure. When it comes to dental crowns, porcelain crowns are the most popular due to their durability and the fact that they are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth to get you back to your natural smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
When you decide to have a crown procedure, we break it up into two appointments. The initial appointment will involve us taking molds or impressions of your tooth or teeth that will then be used to create the crown. We also create a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for about two weeks while the new crown is being created in the lab.
During the procedure, your tooth is numbed and prepped by the dentist, who removes any decay and shapes the surface so that it will fit the new crown. Afterwards, the temporary crown is replaced with temporary cement and your bite is checked to make sure you are biting properly on the tooth.
For your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, your tooth is cleaned, and the new crown is placed. Once again, we check to make sure that your bite is correct and that the spacing is correct. We will also recommend care procedures for your new crown and encourage check-ins to the dentist to make sure everything is fitting properly.
If you are interested in a crown procedure at our Las Vegas office, please contact us directly! We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.