Dental Crowns


Whether you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth or your job depends on your looks, our dentist at Smiles of Gilbert Dentistry can improve your teeth. Some people are born with small teeth that may have chips or are misshapen. Each of these problems is correctable by using dental crowns or caps over your teeth.

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a manufactured tooth that our dentist in Gilbert, AZ, can fit over a natural one to hide flaws. Teeth can sustain damage like cracks and chips or develop permanent stains on them from medications. Covering a tooth with a crown will hide these problems and make it look natural.

Tooth Preparation

Before placing a crown over a tooth, the natural tooth needs trimming so that the crown fits over it. Our dentist will take images to get the tooth’s measurements to use for ordering the new cap. You can do your entire set of teeth or only the visible ones when you laugh or smile.

Our dentist near you will then shave or file the sides of your tooth so that the crown fits over it. Since it’s far easier to file down more of the tooth than to add it if the crown doesn’t fit, they may remove only a small amount until the crown arrives. Then, as they place it, they can file down more of the tooth for a snug fit.

Crown Materials

The materials for most crowns near you include:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Metal Alloys
  • Porcelain
  • Stainless Steel
  • Porcelain fused to metal

A crown that goes over a premolar or molar needs the strength to withstand the chewing forces of the back teeth. For this reason, our dentist usually recommends a crown that is gold, silver, metal alloys, and porcelain fused to metal.

Porcelain is one of the most popular materials for teeth that are easy to see when you smile and laugh because they reflect light like enamel, so a porcelain crown looks natural. If you want to change your teeth’s appearance, book an appointment with our dentist to determine if crowns are the best option for improving your smile.

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