dental crowns can preserve the integrity of your smile
Teeth are the focal point of any smile. However, when teeth become damaged, discolored, broken or cracked, not only can they post a risk to your oral health, but they create cosmetic flaws in the smile. Your Denver dentist offers treatments that can enhance health, appearance, and function.
Dental crowns provide a resilient and beautiful restoration for patients who have teeth that are too decayed or damaged to be repaired with a dental filling or onlay. They can be used to conceal and refurbish teeth that are cosmetically flawed, while also preserving and restoring their structural integrity. Designed to match the natural shade and shape of your tooth, a dental crown provides a durable and aesthetically pleasing result. It can also be used in combination with a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.
Dental crowns, also referred to as “caps,” fit securely over the natural crown of teeth to conceal a number of imperfections and restore strength and durability. Depending on your needs, they can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns are typically recommended when the base of the tooth is healthy, but the surface has been cosmetically damaged or severely weakened from decay.
Today, most dental crowns are fabricated from medical-grade porcelain, a durable ceramic that can be easily tinted to match your natural tooth color. Porcelain mimics enamel in many ways, from its strong and smooth surface to its natural, glossy finish. The non-porous surface means it resists staining from food and drink, and is not susceptible to decay like natural enamel. While other materials are still used, including some metals and zirconia, porcelain provides the most aesthetic results, and is most often our practice’s material of choice.
A dental crown can repair a tooth that is:
- Severely discolored or stained
- Weak and at risk of breaking
Dental crowns offer many benefits for patients looking for restorative or cosmetic treatment. A dental crown can:
- repair damage to outer enamel
- improve your ability to chew and speak normally
- protect the tooth’s outer surface and further prevent decay, infection, or damage
- cover and eliminate cosmetic flaws such as dullness or discoloring
- fill holes in the smile left by deteriorated, missing, or broken teeth
procedure for dental crowns
During your examination, one of our dentists will use state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology to examine your tooth and surrounding structures. If a tooth is damaged beyond what a filling, inlay, or onlay can repair, a dental crown may be recommended. Additionally, some patients opt to receive a dental crown for aesthetic treatment. Patients who require a dental crown for replacing a missing tooth will first need to undergo dental implant surgery.
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic will be given to provide optimal comfort. The dentist will then carefully prepare the tooth, removing any decay and reshaping the enamel so the crown fits securely over the tooth and blends seamlessly with nearby teeth.
Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and prepped, impressions will be taken. These will aid the dental laboratory in the fabrication of your custom dental crown.
When the crown is completed, the dentist will check that it fits comfortably before permanently bonding it to the tooth. Once in place, you can enjoy restored functionality and a more attractive smile. Caring for your restoration is much like caring for your natural teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We also recommend that you avoid chewing on hard candies, ice, and other objects, such as pen caps, so as not to damage your veneers.
If you are experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, or have a tooth that is missing or broken, you may benefit greatly from having a customized dental crown placed. Our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care are equipped to provide the care you need. We offer two convenient locations in both Denver, CO. To schedule your consultation, contact our office online or give us a call (303) 534-2626.