Damaged teeth can cause pain, make it difficult to eat, and affect the appearance of your smile.
Crowns are a versatile solution that can provide extra strength and reinforcement, improving the health, function, and look of your smile.
The dentists at Jensen Elledge Dental in Santa Fe, NM, use advanced dental technology to create dental crowns in as little as a day.
Dental Crowns The Answer to Multiple Dental Issues
In dentistry, a crown is a "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and provide added protection. Typically made of porcelain, dental crowns can address many types of dental problems. If you are experiencing one of the following, then our dentists, Dr. Ryan E. Jensen and Dr. Scott L. Elledge, may recommend a dental crown for you:
Decay and Damage
Do you have a tooth that is broken, cracked, or chipped? Do you have large cavities that have weakened the tooth? Crowns can protect it from further damage and give it added strength.
After a Root Canal
If you've undergone root canal treatment to treat an infection in the interior of a tooth, our dentists typically recommend placement of a crown so the tooth can continue to withstand the daily pressure and forces caused by biting and chewing.
Dental crowns can mask cosmetic flaws such as discolored, misshaped, or chipped teeth. We can design a custom crown to blend in with your natural teeth and enhance the overall appearance of your smile.
A single missing tooth can be replaced with an implant-supported crown. Dental implants are dentists' preferred method of replacing a missing tooth because they prevent jawbone atrophy and there is no need to alter neighboring teeth.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Same-Day Crowns In About an Hour
Modern dentistry allows our dentists at Jensen Elledge Dental to offer same-day CEREC crowns to our patients from Santa Fe, Española, and other areas in Santa Fe County. This advanced approach is ideal for those who are looking for a quick way to effectively treat dental problems.
Traditional crowns typically require two dental visits that are spaced a week or two apart. During the first appointment, the dentist shapes the tooth and attaches a temporary crown; during the second visit, the permanent crown is placed. To eliminate the need for a second visit, we use advanced CEREC technology, which can create a crown in about an hour. The benefits of CEREC crowns include:
No Temporary Crowns
With CEREC, you won't need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent one is being fabricated at a dental lab. Our advanced digital system will precisely mill a crown for you in a single visit.
No Messy Impressions
We take a digital 3-D scan of your mouth to create a precise impression of your smile. This eliminates the discomfort caused by impression trays and the molding material.
Our digital software and state-of-the-art milling process creates a crown out of natural-looking porcelain in about an hour. The result is a beautiful, permanent crown with a custom fit.
"Highly Recommended" Our Caring, High-Tech Dental Practice
Dr. Jensen and his staff were highly recommended to me by my daughter. I went for my first visit today and can see why they were recommended so highly. Everyone there is super nice and very professional. They are very thorough and have state of the art equipment. They were able to find a small hidden cavity before it started to cause any trouble. Dr. Jensen is very knowledgeable and was confident that he could fix a crown that I have had repeated issues with.View On Google
Dr. Elledge, assistant Diana and hygentist Patty, your knowledge, your skill and your patience are truly remarkable. I recommend you at every chance I get, and I marvel about the high tech, digital office you have where you can digitize and produce 3-D mold for a tooth cap in your office in a matter of minutes. I tell folks about it and they are impressed, too! Wow! Most of all, it is very obvious you care about your patients and making sure their teeth are healthy! Thank you for the care you have given me for many years.View On Google
Dental Crowns Offer Lasting Benefits
Traditional and CEREC crowns are custom-designed to blend in with the surrounding teeth in both shape and color.
Repair & Protect
Crowns can repair a tooth and protect it from future damage. We recommend the timely placement of crowns to prevent additional dental damage. If too much damage occurs, an extraction may be required.
Dental crowns are durable. They are made of medical-grade materials and designed to withstand normal biting forces. When cared for properly, they can last for 10 years or more.