If you are suffering with a tooth that is compromised by trauma or decay, you may need a dental crown. These custom-crafted prosthetic teeth are designed to cover a compromised tooth and restore the aesthetics and function of your smile. Dr. David Redford can place a crown for you that fits in seamlessly with your natural teeth, so people will only notice the beauty of your smile, not your dental work. The placement of dental crowns at our Denver practice is an experience that is convenient and comfortable. Let us give you back the balance of your smile and bite by placing a dental crown. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What are Dental Crowns?
Also known a “cap,” a dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over the remaining portion of a healthy tooth. They may also be used to replace a single tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. With recent innovations in dentistry, patients have more choices in materials for their crowns than ever before. Many patients prefer to have tooth-colored porcelain crowns that can blend in with their smile for a natural appearance.
Placing a crown is often the final step in a root canal treatment. In some cases, they may also be used to support a dental bridge.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Before a dental crown is placed, the decayed and damaged portions of the tooth are removed. Next, precise digital impressions are taken of your teeth. These impressions will be used to craft a crown of outstanding fit, shape, and shade just for you. We offer a range of safe materials – porcelain, zirconium, or gold – to design your crown, so you can be assured we will meet your unique treatment needs.
Your crown will be ready in about two weeks. At that time, you will return to our office to have the crown placed. It will be carefully fitted over the treated tooth for your optimal feel and support. The crown is then affixed to the tooth with dental cement. Following this simple procedure, you can leave our office with a restored, beautiful smile.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Though we create crowns of exceptional quality, no crown can last forever. Crowns typically last about seven years. However, patients can enjoy a crown with an extended lifespan with some good dental hygiene and a little common sense.
First, it is important to avoid using your crown to chew foods that might dislodge your restoration, such as brittle or sticky foods. Second, flossing around the crown should be done with a slightly altered technique. Pulling the floss from front to back helps to prevent loosening the crown from its base.
Learn More about How Dental Crowns Can Help You
If your smile is compromised by a weakened or severely decayed tooth, let us place a dental crown for you. Contact us today to find out how we can design a dental crown to restore the health and appearance of your smile.