Dental Bridges & Porcelain Dental Crowns
in Millcreek & Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Keith Warr and Dr. Margaret Hyams provide porcelain dental crowns to restore your damaged teeth and help you regain a healthy smile. These crowns are designed to fit your teeth and smile perfectly so you can enjoy a naturally beautiful and long-lasting final result. Call Warr Dental today at 801-355-5385 to learn more about porcelain dental crowns in Millcreek & Salt Lake City, UT, and make an appointment with our dentists.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are a restorative treatment recommended for damaged teeth. They are usually provided to improve structural issues, bite disfunction and other types of tooth damage. Our Millcreek dentist will typically recommend crowns to strengthen teeth that are worn, fractured or decayed or have large fillings. Your crown will be made from porcelain and will be placed over the existing tooth to increase its durability and restore its shape, size and appearance. Your final result should look and feel just like your original tooth.

Crowns are frequently provided when a damaged or decayed tooth cannot be fixed with a dental filling, or to cap a tooth following a root canal treatment. While crowns are primarily designed to restore the function and aesthetics of your tooth, they may also work to support your facial muscles, improve a misaligned bite and prevent additional damage to a treated tooth from the other teeth.
Dental Crowns in Salt Lake City, UT

Procedure for Receiving a Dental Crown

Dental crowns usually require two visits with our Millcreek dentist to complete. At the first visit, we will take impressions and prepare your tooth to receive a crown. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth between appointments while your final crown is being created. At the second appointment, our Millcreek dentist will check that the crown fits properly before bonding it permanently into place.

Caring for Temporary Crowns

Your temporary crown will not fit the same way as your permanent crown. While wearing your temporary crown, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold foods and drinks. We recommend that you take a few precautions to prevent your temporary crown from breaking or coming off your tooth, such as:

  • Avoiding eating things that are sticky, hard or otherwise difficult to chew (gum, hard candy, nuts, etc.).
  • Brushing thoroughly but gently. Vigorous brushing and flossing may cause your temporary crown to break or come loose.
  • When you floss, bring the floss through the teeth to the top and then pull the string out from the side — do not floss up and down or “pop” the floss out.
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to help alleviate discomfort and aid in healing – the proper ratio is one cup of water to one teaspoon salt.
  • If you experience discomfort while wearing your temporary crown, you may use mild over-the-count pain relievers.
  • If the fit of your temporary crown feels too high or is affecting your bite, please contact our office and speak with our Millcreek dentist.

Please keep in mind that temporary crowns are not nearly as durable as permanent crowns. If your temporary comes off, please call our dental office so that we can reattach or replace it.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are recommended when you are missing one or more teeth. They work to “bridge” the gap caused by missing teeth to:

  • Restore your smile
  • Prevent additional tooth loss
  • Improve oral function and speech clarity
  • Prevent bite changes
  • Prevent additional tooth misalignment

Bridges are often associated with dental crowns, as this restoration involves a set of interconnected crowns that anchor the prosthetic to the teeth on either side of the bridge. Bridges may also be anchored by dental implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Dental Crowns

Are dental crowns permanent?

Absolutely, dental crowns, especially those crafted with porcelain and fitted by our team at Warr Dental in Millcreek, UT, are designed for durability and longevity. With the proper care, our porcelain crowns into lasting solutions. Regular cleanings and checkups at Warr Dental, coupled with good oral habits, are essential. Avoid habits like ice chewing or teeth grinding to keep your crowns in top shape. Despite their durability, crowns, much like natural teeth, may need replacing over time due to wear. Rest assured, we’re here to guide you in keeping your crown in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

Can dental crowns get cavities?

While the porcelain material of the crown itself cannot develop cavities, the underlying natural tooth structure is still susceptible to decay and gum disease. To safeguard your crown and the underlying tooth from decay, prioritizing oral hygiene is key. This means regular brushing, daily flossing, and visiting us at Warr Dental in Millcreek, UT, for checkups. These steps are your best defense against decay around your crown. If decay is detected early, it can be treated before it undermines the crown.

Why are dental crowns needed?

At Warr Dental, we recommend dental crowns for teeth that are damaged or weakened, including those affected by decay, fractures, or extensive dental procedures such as a root canal. Crowns help restore a tooth’s strength, function, and aesthetic, seamlessly integrating with your natural smile. By covering the damaged tooth, a crown provided by Warr Dental helps support facial muscles, improve bite alignment, and prevent further damage, ensuring both aesthetic and functional benefits for the patient.

Are dental crowns painful?

Getting a dental crown at Warr Dental is a comfortable experience, thanks to local anesthesia that numbs the area. You might feel slight sensitivity or discomfort once the numbness fades or while getting used to a temporary crown, but this is temporary and usually eases with simple over-the-counter pain relief. Rest assured, we’re here to make the process smooth and pain-free. The team at Warr Dental is committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure and will provide detailed aftercare instructions.

How do I know if I need a dental crown?

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or have a tooth that’s visibly damaged or decayed, it’s time to consult with our Millcreek, UT dentist. At Warr Dental, our evaluation of your dental health helps us decide if a crown will best restore your tooth’s look and function. Our Salt Lake dentist might suggest a dental crown to safeguard a tooth after extensive fillings or root canal treatment, ensuring your smile’s durability and beauty.

How should I care for my dental crown?

Caring for your dental crown involves the same practices as caring for your natural teeth. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist in Millcreek, UT, regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Avoiding hard and sticky foods can also help prevent damage to your crown. If you have a temporary crown, follow specific care instructions provided by Warr Dental to ensure its integrity until your permanent crown is placed.

What makes porcelain crowns different from other types of crowns?

At Warr Dental, we often recommend porcelain crowns for their natural look and strength. Crafted to perfectly match your smile, they offer a seamless fit without the use of metal—ideal for those with sensitivities or a desire for a purely natural appearance. Our Millcreek dentist specializes in porcelain dental crowns, ensuring a high-quality, aesthetic result that enhances your smile’s health and beauty.

We invite you to contact us today at 801-355-5385 for more information about dental crowns and to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Warr or Dr. Hyams.