Dental Crowns in Scottsdale, AZ
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or covering that is placed over the tooth to restore shape, size, and strength. Porcelain crowns look natural and feel great. Dr. Wiitala performs a variety of dental crown procedures in our Scottsdale office.
Cosmetic dental crowns are generally needed when:
- A tooth is weak from cracks, breakage or decay.
- To cover a tooth that has a large filling.
- To cover a dental implant.
- For cosmetic purposes.
- To address biting discomfort.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These prefabricated dental crowns used by Eric Wiitala DDS are used on what we refer to as permanent teeth. Although this is typically a temporary solution, the crown protects a tooth or filling while a long-term crown is created from a different material previously agreed upon by yourself and one of our cosmetic dentists here in Arizona. Our family dentists use stainless steel crowns mostly on children and their primary (baby) teeth because they are usually most cost-effective. These stainless steel crowns are fitted to a tooth and then removed with the primary tooth when it comes out naturally.
Our dentists commonly use crowns that contain gold alloy, nickel alloy, chromium alloy and other alloys. As far as durability is concerned, the cosmetic dentists at Eric Wiitala DDS use these given their ability to withstand chewing forces and biting very well. Crowns composed of these metal materials rarely chip or break, however, the drawback is the metallic color associated with this crowning option. For patients seeking a dental crown for out-of-sight molars, metal crowns are a reasonable solution.
All Resin Crowns
Resin crowns are often less expensive than alternative dental crown options although, our dentistry would like to note that these types of crowns wear down over time and are more susceptible to chips and fractures compared to metal crowns or porcelain crowns.
All Ceramic & All Porcelain Crowns
The dentists at our office have the ability to match your ceramic or porcelain crowns to the natural color of your teeth. Not to mention, these types of crowns are a much more applicable dental solution for those facing metal allergies. With that being said, ceramic and porcelain crowns can wear down opposing teeth more than metal or resin crowns. For front teeth, all ceramic crowns are an excellent choice.
Dental Bridges in Scottsdale, AZ
Dental bridges form a literal bridge between one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Help restore your smile
- Help you chew and speak
- Replace missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position