When is a Dental Crown Needed?

Welcome to Cedar Creek Dental, where our mission is to provide the highest standard of dental care to the Rigby, Idaho community. Under the leadership of Dr. Mikesell, who has been serving our community since 2010, we combine advanced dental technology with personalized care to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Our state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located just off Highway 20, features cutting-edge amenities like Cerec same-day crowns, digital X-rays, intraoral photography, and conscious sedation.

Today, we will explore the important topic of dental crowns, specifically answering the question: “When is a dental crown needed?” Understanding the circumstances that necessitate a dental crown can help you make informed decisions about your dental health.

Understanding Dental Crowns

A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is a custom-made restoration that encases the entire tooth that is a dental restoration procedure. Many people are familiar with metal crowns but they can also be made from other materials, including porcelain crowns, ceramic crowns sometimes known as zirconia crowns, and resin. This is different than a dental bridge as those fill in the gaps where there are missing teeth. At Cedar Creek Dental, we are proud to offer Cerec same-day crowns, allowing us to design, fabricate, and place your crown in just one visit. This innovative approach saves you time and reduces the need for multiple dental appointments.

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Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer numerous advantages that make them an excellent choice for restoring and enhancing teeth. First and foremost, crowns restore the functionality of damaged teeth using the natural tooth structure, allowing you to chew and speak properly without discomfort. They also provide a significant aesthetic improvement by covering misshapen or discolored teeth, giving you a more attractive and confident smile. Additionally, crowns add durability and strength to a weak tooth, helping to prevent further damage and potential tooth loss. With proper care, dental crowns can last many years, providing a reliable and long-term solution for various dental issues. At Cedar Creek Dental, we utilize Cerec same-day crowns to ensure that you receive these benefits in just one convenient visit, saving you time and enhancing your overall dental experience.

Common Reasons for Needing a Dental Crown

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  • Tooth Decay: When a tooth has extensive decay that a filling can’t adequately restore, a crown becomes necessary to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Without a crown, the tooth is at risk of further decay and potential loss.

  • Broken or Fractured Teeth: Accidents or injuries can result in a broken, fractured, or cracked tooth. Crowns can restore these damaged teeth to their original shape and function, allowing you to bite and chew comfortably because they encase the entire tooth.

  • Root Canal Treatment: Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are often weakened and more prone to fractures. Placing a crown over a treated tooth provides the necessary reinforcement to prevent breakage.

  • Large Fillings: When a significant portion of a tooth is filled, the remaining tooth structure can become fragile. A crown can cover and support the tooth, ensuring its longevity.

  • Cosmetic Enhancement: Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes, improving the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or uneven. They offer a natural-looking solution to enhance your smile.

  • Dental Implants: When replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, a crown is placed on top of the implant to restore the appearance and function of a natural tooth.

  • Wear and Tear: Teeth that have been worn down due to grinding (bruxism) or erosion need protection. Crowns can safeguard these teeth from further damage and restore their function.

The Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown

At Cedar Creek Dental, we offer Cerec same-day crowns, which streamline the process and provide superior convenience and comfort compared to conventional methods. Because it is a same-day procedure it eliminates the need for a temporary crown so that you leave the office after the first visit with your permanent crown.

  • Initial Consultation: The process begins with a thorough examination by Dr. Mikesell. During this consultation, he will discuss your dental health, assess the condition of the affected tooth, and determine if a crown is the best treatment option.

  • Preparation of the Tooth: If it is decided that a crown is needed, the tooth is prepared by removing all the damaged and decayed tissue. Dr. Mikesell ensures that this process is as comfortable as possible for the patient, using anesthetics as needed.

  • Digital Impressions: Using a digital camera, we create a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs the crown. This 3D virtual model is sent to our in-house lab, eliminating the need for traditional, messy impressions.

  • Creating the Crown: The 3D model is used to design the dental crown. Dr. Mikesell selects a ceramic block that matches the natural color of your tooth to ensure a seamless appearance. The milling machine then fabricates the crown, which looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.

  • Fitting and Placement: Once the crown is ready, you will try it on to ensure it fits comfortably and that your bite feels normal. If everything looks and feels right, Dr. Mikesell will polish and bond the crown to your tooth. The entire process is completed in a single visit, thanks to our Cerec technology.

Aftercare for Dental Crowns

Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dental crown. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly is crucial, especially around the crown, to prevent gum disease and decay. Regular check-ups at Cedar Creek Dental allow us to monitor the condition of your crown and address any issues early, ensuring it remains in optimal condition. It’s also important to avoid biting into hard foods, such as ice or hard candies, which can damage the crown. If you experience any sensitivity, or discomfort, or notice changes in the crown, contact our office promptly for early intervention to prevent further complications. By following these aftercare guidelines, you can enjoy the full benefits of your dental crown for many years to come.

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Why Choose Cedar Creek Dental for Your Dental Crown?

Dr. Mikesell and his dedicated team at Cedar Creek Dental are committed to providing exceptional care with a personal touch. Here’s why you should choose us for your dental crown needs:

  • Expertise and Experience: Dr. Mikesell has been serving the Rigby community since 2010. His extensive training and experience ensure that you receive the best possible care.

  • Advanced Technology: Our modern facility is equipped with the latest dental technology, including Cerec same-day crowns, digital x-rays, and intraoral photography, ensuring precise and efficient treatments.

  • Comfort and Care: We prioritize your comfort with amenities such as warm hand-wax treatments, aromatherapy, warming blankets, and chair massages. These complimentary luxuries make your dental visit a relaxing experience.

  • Community Involvement: Dr. Mikesell is an active member of the Rigby community, serving on the board of the Rigby Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteering with local organizations. He is dedicated to making a positive impact both in and out of the office.


Dental crowns are a vital solution for various dental issues, from severe decay to cosmetic enhancements. At Cedar Creek Dental, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you might need a dental crown or want to learn more, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Cedar Creek Dental today to find out if a dental crown is the right solution for your dental needs. We are just a short 15-minute drive from both Rexburg and Idaho Falls. Schedule an appointment and let us help you achieve your healthiest smile.

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