Crowns are dental restorations used to cover teeth that have been damaged. They can be used to repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or chipped. Crowns also help restore teeth that are severely worn out due to excessive grinding. At Highland Dental Care, we offer crowns to restore damaged teeth and provide patients with a beautiful aesthetic smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are made from tooth-colored ceramic material, and they are placed over the damaged tooth and secured in place with dental adhesives. A dental crown covers the whole tooth, including the tooth surfaces surrounding the dental cavity.
When Are Dental Crowns Recommended?
Dental crowns are recommended when a tooth has suffered extensive damage and cannot be restored using other dental restorations like fillings or veneers. Some of their most common uses include:
- To restore broken or chipped teeth
- To support weak teeth after root canal therapy
- To conceal severely discolored teeth
- To hold large fillings in place
- To support weak composite bonding materials
- To cover dental implants
What Is the Process for Getting Dental Crowns?
The dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth during the initial visit and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental crowns. If so, we will then prepare your tooth by removing any decay and then taking an impression of it. An exact mold of the tooth is taken using digital scanning technology. The mold is sent to a lab for further processing and manufacturing, and you will be provided with a temporary restoration.
The temporary crown will protect the prepared tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Once your permanent crown is ready for placement, the dentist will remove the temporary restoration, clean your tooth, and then place it on top. He will then check for proper fit and make necessary adjustments before permanently bonding the crown in place.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last for several years if maintained properly. They can last longer if you practice good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, limiting sugary foods, avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption, etc. Still, they can sometimes fall off due to various reasons like accidental injury or infections due to physical trauma, infections, etc. It is always better to get them replaced as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your natural teeth and restore your smile.
Highland Dental Care, located in Denver, CO, is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies. Call us at (303) 455-3838 to schedule an appointment at our dental practice.