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Dental Crowns

Is your damaged tooth making chewing your favorite foods painful or uncomfortable? A dental crown can restore your healthy smile.

At Dental Architects of Millcreek, our dental crowns are hand-finished at a U.S. dental lab for beautiful results.

We also offer same-day porcelain crowns at our Salt Lake City, UT, dentistry office which can be designed and placed in one visit.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crown

You may have heard from your dentist that you'll need a crown to restore a damaged tooth, but what does this mean? A dental crown (or cap) is a covering–typically made of porcelain–that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects, maintains, and strengthens the tooth's structure when it can't be treated with fillings or other types of restorations. 

Can a Dental Crown Restore a Missing Tooth?

While a crown alone requires the structural base of your natural tooth, an implant-supported crown can replace the gap left behind by a missing tooth. We offer dental implants at our Salt Lake City dental office and can top the implant with a natural-looking permanent crown. 

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Is a Dental Crown Right for You? Request a Consultation to See

Dr. Updyke and our Salt Lake City dental team focus on providing patients with high-quality care and comfortable treatment that they can trust. From working with a U.S. lab that prioritizes detailed artistry to placing your crown with a gentle touch, we aim to create a stress-free process from start to finish. If you have a damaged tooth, are experiencing dental pain, or are curious about dental crowns and other restorative solutions, don't hesitate to call our Salt Lake City, UT, dental office to request a consultation:

(801) 484-5048

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Dr. Updyke is fantastic and has the best personality.  Everyone of his staff is friendly, fun to be around, very professional and extremely dedicated.  They got me right in and took care of me!  They have my recommendation and I will definitely be back!  Thank you so much guys!!!

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Myself, my family, and extended family have been patients of Dr. Updyke for 15+ years.   He always takes great care of us, even in emergency situations. His staff, from receptionist, to dental assstant, to dental hygienist, are very professional, yet extremely friendly, making the entire "visit to the dentist" less daunting.

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Why Come to Us  For Dental Crown Placement?

Premium Materials

Porcelain is a premium material whose translucent, pearlescent finish mimics the natural sheen of enamel, giving you a natural-looking, beautiful smile. We also offer other advanced materials such as IPS e.max®, Empress®, and zirconia–all of which provide unique benefits

Hand-Finishing at a U.S. Lab

We work with a lab in the United States that has artists hand-finish your dental crown. This human touch ensures that your crown is made with detail in mind and crafted precisely to our high standards. The turnaround time for the lab to craft your crown is two to three weeks.

Same-Day Crowns

We proudly offer same-day crowns using our in-office CEREC machine. Your dentist will take digital impressions and upload the information to our in-office milling machine. After a short wait, we can attach your durable, custom crown.

What's the Cost of a Dental Crown? Factors that Influence Cost

Dental crowns at our dental office range between $1,000-$1,600. Crowns that are used for restorative purposes–not strictly cosmetic–are generally at least partially covered by insurance.

We like to be transparent about cost from the start and will provide an estimate to restore your tooth during a consultation at our Salt Lake City dental office. A few factors that determine the cost of treatment include:

Location of the Treated Tooth

Typically, front teeth will run a bit pricier than back teeth. You show off your front teeth every time you smile, so we want your crown to look as natural as possible. This means our U.S. lab spends extra time perfecting the look of your crown during the hand-finishing process, which overall, raises the price. You might also want to choose an even more realistic material.

Type of Material

We offer a wide range of materials to meet each patient's needs and budget, including IPS e.max, Empress, zirconia, and porcelain. Some materials are more expensive than others.

Quality of the Dentist

When it comes to a permanent crown, you don't want to bargain shop. The experience and expertise of a dentist can influence cost, but it also can ensure your crown is created and placed properly the first time around. We aim to keep our costs competitive without sacrificing quality. 

Insurance and Financing Are Accepted


We accept most insurance providers. But if you don't have insurance or your out-of-pocket cost is substantial, we accept monthly financing plans through CareCredit®. This trusted lender features plans with low to no interest. 

What to Expect During  Traditional Dental Crown Placement

If you choose a CEREC crown, we can complete your treatment in one visit. Otherwise, you can expect several steps:

From working with a U.S. lab that prioritizes detailed artistry to placing your crown with a gentle touch, we aim to create a stress-free process from start to finish.
From working with a U.S. lab that prioritizes detailed artistry to placing your crown with a gentle touch, we aim to create a stress-free process from start to finish.

Consulting With Our Team

The process of restoring your tooth with a dental crown begins with a consultation at our office. During your consultation, our dentist, Dr. Updyke, will examine your smile and see if a dental crown is the right dentistry solution for you.

Whether you want to restore a damaged tooth, improve the look of your smile, or save the structure of your tooth after a root canal, we can discuss your dentistry options at this time.

Taking Digital Impressions

We'll take digital impressions of your teeth that will be sent to our lab to create a dental crown that matches perfectly with the rest of your smile. 

Placing the Temporary Crown

We will place a temporary crown during this appointment to protect your tooth. Temporary crowns are still custom-made to match your smile until a porcelain crown or other permanent option can be made.

Placing the Permanent Crown

The turnaround time for a permanent crown at our office is 2-3 weeks. Once your crown is ready, you'll return to our office so the dentist can attach it using a special dental cement.
Dental crowns are highly durable and should last many years with proper care, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. If your crown comes lose, come into our office for a replacement. 

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Teresa Bickmore


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My first visit was great. Friendly, helpful staff. Dr. Updyke explained my appliance well and he was gentle and efficient. My visit went fast.

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Michelle Elbel


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Dr Updyke and staff are kind, caring, organized and knowledgeable with the latest in dental technology. They feel more like family.

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Dr. Scott Updyke

Dental Architects of Millcreek

Dr. Scott Updyke and the team at Dental Architects of Millcreek have provided state-of-the-art dentistry to the community of Salt Lake City since 1987. We are committed to the highest quality service and technology-assisted dental care for patients of all ages. We do all we can to make treatment as easy and accessible as possible.

  • Dental insurance accepted
  • Flexible financing options
  • Free consultations available
  • Comprehensive services offered

You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at: (801) 484-5048.

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