Teeth can get damaged over time. This can occur for a multitude of causes, including dental decay, traumas, or even normal wear and tear. Crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are fitted over your natural tooth to improve its appearance. Consider it a comfortable headgear for your teeth. The crown strengthens, reshapes, and beautifies the tooth.
What is the Purpose of a Dental Crown?
Several factors may necessitate the use of a dental crown, including:
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking (perhaps due to decay) or holding a broken tooth together.
- A fractured tooth or a tooth that has been extensively worn down can be restored.
- A dental bridge is held in place by a crown.
- Covering teeth that are malformed or have a lot of discoloration.
What Materials are Used to Make Dental Crowns?
Permanent crowns are available in a variety of materials such as:
- Metals:Gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium are some of the metals used in dental crowns. Metal crowns are the least likely to chip or shatter, and need only a modest amount of tooth removal. Metal crowns are a fantastic option for your molars.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal:The color of the natural teeth can be matched with this type of dental crown. The hue of these crowns is more natural. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be a viable option for the front or back teeth.
- All-resin:Resin crowns are typically less expensive than other types. They also offer a natural aesthetic appearance.
Your dentist will take a few X-rays on your initial visit to inspect the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and the surrounding bone. Your tooth and the gum tissue surrounding will be anesthetized first. The tooth will be buffed to make space for the crown to fit. After reshaping the tooth, imprints will be taken with a digital scanner that will be sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be made. While your permanent crown is being produced, your dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary crown.
During the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and examine the permanent crown for fit and overall appearance. The new crown will be properly bonded in place if everything looks good. A crown is the best option if you're looking for a strong and more natural-looking coverage for your tooth.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Belleview Family Dentistry, Greenwood Village, CO, call (303) 290-0962 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 8200 E Belleview Ave # 425 East Tower, Greenwood Village, CO 80111