Crowns

DENTAL CROWNS

We provide the highest quality custom made porcelain crowns available by our ceramicist. Many people believe they have received a porcelain crown, when in fact a “porcelain fused to metal” crown has been provided. Sometimes the metal can create an allergic reaction in the tissue due to the nickel in the metal. This reaction is found more often in women than men, and does NOT happen with our all porcelain crowns.

We also prefer all porcelain crowns because less tooth structure is removed during preparation. The only other material we use for crowns is gold. Gold is an incredibly strong and flexible material. Inexpensive gold crowns can also cause tissue irritation and allergeric reactions.

Make sure to be aware of what metals are used in your crown.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth-- covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

How is a crown placed?

Usually at least two visits are necessary. The dentist will remove the outer portion of your tooth, then make an impression to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. Temporary crowns are placed while the permanent crown is made. On the second visit, the permanent crown is put in place and adjusted as necessary.

How long will crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging).

Does a crowned tooth require special care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.

Sealants

Sealants can protect parts of the tooth, particularly pits and fissures in permanent molars, from plaque and food. They can also stop small areas of decay from becoming larger.

Bridges

Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy smile by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable.

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Eat virtually anything plus implants help solve denture problems.

Fillings

Fillings are often used to care for cavities. Cavities are also known as dental decay and arise from lack of routine cleaning or constant contact with an acid environment, sugary foods, or soda drinks.

Testimonials

  • "Friendly, non judgmental, fillings,crowns, cosmetic procedures are no problem for him. Never had to wait: if your appt is at 2:00, you go in at 2:00! And no delays once you are in the chair. Takes the time to answer all concerns and questions. I give him an A plus."

    -C in Weiser Idaho

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  • "It was a terrific experience. You have a lighthearted yet very professional staff. I had a broken tooth emergency and you got me in right away. Thank you so much. It was a pain free appointment. That's always a good thing. "

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  • "I love the warmth and genuine caring of the staff, they are always friendly and take time to know you as a person not just a job! Dr. Wettstein is friendly, puts a person at ease and a very personable and attentive dentist and I really like how he gives you options and is not pushy. He seeks to make decisions that are best for you."

    Kari Blackmore

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