Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns in Albuquerque, NM

Dental crowns are a convenient treatment to eliminate pain and restore your smile. We are devoted to providing the most advanced technology in dental health to our patients. If you need a dental crown, call our office in Albuquerque, NM, today!

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap resembling the look and shape of a natural tooth. It is placed on an existing tooth and extends down to the gum line. For example, a crown made from porcelain has a natural look indistinguishable from your other teeth. 

Crowns are versatile. They can reinforce weakened teeth or improve cosmetics. The job of a dental crown depends on the problem it corrects but can include any of the following:

Repair a Broken Tooth

A fractured tooth is a dental emergency, so prompt treatment is essential. A weakened tooth is susceptible to additional damage, so quick stabilization is critical.

Support a Dental Bridge

Dental crowns can support a replacement for missing teeth in a treatment known as a bridge. Two crowns are placed on the surrounding teeth around the gap in the teeth, and the replacement tooth is suspended between them.

Partial dentures can be less reliable than a permanent solution like a bridge. While the most successful permanent replacement for a tooth is a dental implant, many patients prefer crowns and bridges because they are less invasive and affordable.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Flaws in your teeth can devastatingly impact your confidence when you smile. A crown can solve cosmetic discoloration, abnormal shape, small fractures, and minor gaps.

Our high-quality custom dental crowns look just like a natural tooth so that no one will notice the difference in your beautiful and healthy smile. 

Crown vs. Filling After Root Canal Treatment

A root and pulp infection in a tooth can be dangerous. Root canal therapy is a treatment to eliminate bacteria and prevent future infection from your tooth, but it removes a large part of the inner structure of your tooth. The removal of the internal support weakens the overall strength of the tooth, leaving it vulnerable and weak.

Sometimes, a porcelain crown is recommended to protect your natural teeth better than large fillings. However, if decayed teeth degrade too much, it could lead to additional dental issues and more invasive procedures, such as extraction and dental implants. 

Is getting a crown painful?

This is not an invasive or painful procedure. You may feel some mild pressure as the crown is placed, but it should not be painful.

Sometimes myths about dental services come from people associating tooth pain with the procedure that relieves the pain. For example, living with a damaged tooth can be painful, but placing a crown is not painful.

Dental Crown Aftercare

Looking after your new crown is as crucial as caring for your natural teeth. Crowns provide permanent restoration for your teeth and do not decay, but continued oral hygiene will protect the surrounding gums from becoming infected.

Proper care can extend the life of your dental crown. Follow these tips to protect your investment.

  • Brush your teeth twice each day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Floss every day. Don forget to floss both sides of the teeth.
  • If you have a dental bridge, you may want o use a small dental brush or a floss threader.
  • Protect your enamel by using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use gentle pressure when brushing your teeth.
  • Visit our dentistry practice regularly for routine cleanings and checkups.
  • Avoid chewing ice or hard candy.
  • Avoid biting into cherry and olive pits
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth.

Contact Us in Albuquerque, NM Today

Our dentistry practice is ready to help with your cosmetic and restorative dental needs. Call us or schedule an office visit online if you think you need a dental crown or any other dental procedure.