Do you have a decayed or damaged tooth? Dental crowns can help create a more stable, balanced smile. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that fully covers a single tooth. Crowns may also complete dental implants and help patients restore tooth structure after a root canal. Dr. Rachel Barone offers dental crown treatment to patients in Boulder, CO. Crowns create a functional tooth that can sometimes blend with the appearance of other natural teeth.
The Dental Crown Process in Boulder, CO
It takes multiple appointments to receive a dental crown. If the tooth is severely damaged, we use composite to add structure to the tooth. This composite stabilizes the tooth so it can receive a crown. We will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and apply bonding material to keep the composite in place. Then, we use a curing light to harden the composite.
To begin treatment, we will take a dental impression to make a temporary crown for your tooth. Then, we prepare the tooth, take an impression of the prepared tooth for the final crown, and place the temporary crown. During this time, a dental lab will make the final crown.
Dental crowns may be made of metal, ceramic, or ceramic fused to metal. We will help determine which type of crown depending on your particular needs, budget, and placement. When the final crown is complete, we will replace the temporary crown with the final restoration.
Dental Crown FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental crowns? Read answers to these commonly asked questions:
Do I need a filling or a dental crown?
Patients with tooth damage due to decay may benefit from a large filling or dental crown. A dental filling is a great option to repair a small area of decay. The filling can preserve the majority of the tooth structure. Although a filling is more economical, it may not last as long as a dental crown. Alternatively, dental crowns fully cover teeth and address a larger area of decay. We may recommend a tooth crown if you have extensive damage.
Why would I need a dental crown after a root canal?
Sometimes, patients with tooth decay can have eroded or worn teeth. We may also need to remove some of the tooth’s structure to prevent the spread of infection. After a root canal, patients can benefit from a filling and crown to create a balanced bite.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last 15 to 25 years if patients care for their oral health. To care for their dental crowns, patients must brush using a soft-bristled toothbrush. We will also recommend that patients use non-abrasive toothpaste that is gentle on the crowns and natural enamel.
Restore Broken Teeth
Do you have one or more teeth that need extra support? Call our office for dental crown treatment today at 720-881-0614 or request a dental appointment on our website. Let us know if you have questions about crowns or other restorations and we will be happy to help.