Tooth or dental crowns are sturdy and durable restorations created to strengthen an impaired tooth's integrity. If a tooth has fractured, chipped, or broken, or has recently had undergone a root canal treatment, a dental crown is designed to restructure or protect the tooth to make it more robust. Tooth crowns are meant to last for many years before needing complete replacement. At Atlantic Dental in the Denver area, we provide our patients with a high-quality dental or tooth crown to safeguard a compromised tooth and restore its oral functions and aesthetics.
What Are Tooth Crowns?
A tooth crown is a covering or a cap wrapped around an existing tooth to provide additional support and greater strength. Crowns are used primarily when the tooth has weakened but not beyond repair. This compromised tooth can be salvaged by adding a customized tooth-shaped shield.
When Do You Need Tooth Crowns?
The need for a tooth crown occurs when one or more of your teeth have been compromised. This may result from tooth-breaking, cracking, fracturing, or undergoing a root canal treatment. A tooth crown may help prevent the filling from breaking the enamel in teeth with enormous dental fillings. In addition, dental crowns can help to cover a dental implant or serve as anchors for a bridge restoration. They are designed to feel and look like natural teeth and blend in with a smile.
What Is the Process for a Tooth Crown?
Before having a tooth crown placed, you will need to come in for a consultation and exam with our dentists. The exam will check for signs of tooth decay and check for cracks, breaks, and fractures. If we decide that your tooth condition will benefit from a crown restoration, you will be scheduled to come back for the process.
The first step for the tooth crown procedure is to apply a local anesthetic to the affected area. The tooth will then be downsized to make room for the crown placement. Impressions of the prepared tooth are taken and sent to our dental lab for its fabrication. Meanwhile, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the prepared tooth.
When your new restoration is ready during the next visit, we will place the crown after checking its bite and bite. If everything is satisfactory, we will secure the crown with dental adhesives. You can expect your tooth crown to last for many years with proper care and oral hygiene.
To learn more about tooth crowns, visit our office, Atlantic Dental, at 2983 W Evans Ave Denver CO 80219. You can also reach us at 720-738-8888 and schedule an appointment.