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Dr.Isabelle Morris DMD

Dental crowns

A dental crown fits over your natural tooth to restore its shape and functionality. Discover how a tooth crown can keep you happy and your smile healthy.

3 reasons to consider dental crowns

1. Cosmetic solution

They conceal discolored or misshapen teeth, or correct small misalignments.

2. Protective solution

They prevent breaking after a root canal or large filling, or repair cracks

3. Finishing touch

Combined with dental bridges, they fill gaps and create covers for dental implants

What is a dental crown?

Made from a variety of materials, a dental crown can give a damaged tooth a second life. Your Aspen Dental dentist will choose a crown solution based on your dental needs. While crowns vary in cost, 98% of Aspen Dental dentists recommend and prescribe crowns made from zirconia for a lasting smile.

4 steps to your new dental crown

You’ve decided that a dental crown is right for you—now, here’s what’s next


Step 1: Prep

Prep your tooth
During your first visit, your Aspen Dental care team will remove the outer portion of your tooth to prepare it for the crown.

Step 2: Scan

Impression or scan
Next, your care team or dentist will take an impression or digital scan of your tooth to create your permanent crown.

Step 3: Place

Temporary tooth
After, they’ll place a temporary crown on your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown. Allow a 2-3 week turnaround for your new tooth.

Step 4: Finalize

Permanent crown
During your second visit, they’ll place your permanent crown, make adjustments and cement it into place as a permanent part of your new smile.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crown procedure FAQs

What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a damaged tooth to restore its strength and appearance. At Aspen Dental, we craft your crown to fit your tooth and its needs so you can get the most out of your smile.
If you have a weakened or cracked tooth, or you’ve recently received treatment that’s made your tooth vulnerable, such as root canal therapy, you may need a dental crown. Dental crowns are a common way to give your teeth additional support so that your smile remains healthy and strong.
In many cases, dentists will recommend a dental crown after a root canal to provide additional protection to the treated tooth. Speak with your Aspen Dental dentist to see what works best for your smile.
Getting a dental crown is a fairly simple process and usually takes anywhere from two to six weeks to complete treatment. While typically completed in two visits, the process can vary from patient to patient. Typically, two visits to your local Aspen Dental dentist are necessary to get your permanent crown placed. During your first visit, we’ll take an impression, or a digital scan, of your smile and we’ll place the temporary crown. At your second visit, we’ll prepare your tooth and replace the temporary crown with your new permanent one. We’ll then seal your new permanent crown into place.
Thankfully, placing a dental crown is typically not a painful experience. Your tooth, and the area around your tooth, will be numbed before the procedure to keep you comfortable. If you do experience mild discomfort, you can take pain medication after the procedure. Any irritation should subside within a few days.
With proper care, your dental crown can last an average of 10 to 15 years. There are several factors to keep in mind that may impact the effectiveness of your dental crown. Things like oral hygiene, biting force and dental care all play a role in extending your crown’s lifespan. Ask a dentist near you to learn more
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