Dental Crowns in Denver, CO

Natural-Looking Tooth Restoration

We know that having a damaged, unsightly tooth can not only cause pain and affect your ability to chew or speak but it can begin to reduce your confidence as well. When your tooth has extensive decay, fractures, cracks, or large fillings, a crown might be your best restorative option. A dental crown (also known as a cap) is permanently placed over a tooth to restore its function, shape, strength, and improve its appearance. Dental crowns are used to repair or preserve a tooth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. 

There are several materials to select from.  While we like the long term wear and biocompatibility of porcelain, we love the strength and realistic esthetics of tooth-colored zirconia. We are happy to guide you through the option when crafting your dental crowns in Denver, CO. 

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is like a protective cap for your tooth. It’s custom-made to fit over the entire part of the tooth that’s above the gum line, restoring its shape, size, and strength. Crowns are used to fix teeth that are broken, worn down, or have some decay. They can also make your smile brighter by covering discolored or oddly shaped teeth. It’s a simple, effective way to make your tooth look and work like new again.

Crowns are a reliable solution for protecting and strengthening teeth that are beyond repair with fillings or other types of restorations. The material of your crown can vary, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination, depending on where the tooth is located in your mouth and your specific needs. For example, porcelain or ceramic crowns are popular for front teeth due to their natural appearance, while metal crowns might be recommended for back teeth because of their durability.

What Are The Benefits?

There’s a reason dental crowns are so popular – they’re natural-looking, durable and incredibly versatile at addressing a range of issues:

  1. Restore Damaged Teeth: Crowns are perfect for repairing teeth that have been broken, worn down, or otherwise damaged. They provide a protective shell around the tooth, preventing further deterioration.

  2. Enhance Appearance: They can be made to match the color of your natural teeth, improving the aesthetic of your smile by covering discolored or poorly shaped teeth.

  3. Support Weak Teeth: Teeth that are weakened by decay, root canals or large fillings can be strengthened by crowns, helping to avoid further damage or the need for extraction.

  4. Anchor Dental Bridges: Crowns are often used on teeth adjacent to a gap as anchor points for a dental bridge, effectively replacing missing teeth.

  5. Cover Dental Implants: To replace a missing tooth, a dental implant is placed in the jawbone, and a crown is then attached to the implant, providing a functional and aesthetic replacement for the lost tooth.

  6. Improve Functionality: Crowns restore the functionality of damaged teeth, allowing for normal eating and chewing without discomfort or pain.

  7. Long-Lasting Solution: With proper care, dental crowns can last many years, making them a durable solution for tooth restoration.

  8. Customizable: They are tailor-made to fit the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, ensuring a natural look and feel.

  9. Versatile: Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold, or metal alloys, depending on the patient’s needs, preferences, and the location of the tooth.

  10. Preventive: By encasing the vulnerable tooth, crowns help to prevent further tooth decay and the potential for more severe dental issues.

What To Expect

Tooth-colored dental crowns ready to be placed by Dr. BryantThe process starts with Dr. Bryant preparing your tooth, which involves removing a portion of the enamel to make space for the crown. We’ll remove decay, filling in any voids with bonding material, and shaping the tooth for the crown. After preparing your tooth, we’ll take a 3D digital impression, which serves as a model for your new crown. While your permanent crown is being made, we’ll fit you with a temporary one, so you won’t have to worry about your appearance or functionality in the meantime.

Approximately two weeks later, when the lab has finished creating your crown, you would have your second appointment to adjust and cement your new permanent crown. Dr. Bryant will make sure your new crown fits perfectly, making any necessary adjustments before cementing it in place. 

The Convenience of Virtual Impressions

Our 3D scanner allows us to take virtual impressions. These digital impressions are more accurate, and less messy than the gooey materials used in the past.  The lab prints out 3D models of your mouth, which they use to create beautiful and strong crowns. Trusted expert lab technicians have the ability to create high quality, strong, esthetic permanent crowns specifically for your mouth.  We choose to use expert technicians instead of an in-house crown milling system.  We want to ensure you are happy with your smile. So, for front teeth we’ll schedule one extra step where you can visit the lab and have the technician perform a custom tooth color match. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not! We ensure the process is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Before we begin, we’ll numb the area thoroughly, so you shouldn’t feel anything more than a little pressure. If you’re feeling nervous, our friendly therapy dog is here to sit by your side, offering extra comfort and calmness. After the procedure, any mild discomfort you might experience can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain relief.

Getting a dental crown usually requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, we’ll prepare your tooth and take an impression, which will be used to create your custom crown. We’ll fit you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your next visit. When you return, we’ll replace the temporary crown with your new, permanent one, ensuring a perfect fit and bite. The whole process is straightforward, and you’ll leave with a smile that feels and looks great.

Yes, you can! Once your dental crown is fully set, it functions just like a natural tooth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without worry. We recommend being a bit cautious with very sticky or hard foods initially, just to get used to the sensation. But in no time, you’ll likely forget you even have a crown. Remember, our therapy dog will be here to celebrate this new beginning with you, offering a wagging tail and warm presence.

Caring for your crown is just like taking care of your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and make sure to visit us for regular check-ups and cleanings. While crowns are durable, it’s important to avoid habits like grinding your teeth or opening packages with your teeth to ensure they last as long as possible. And don’t forget, our therapy dog loves seeing patients, so regular visits are a treat for everyone involved!

With proper care, your dental crown can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan depends on the wear and tear it goes through, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. Regular dental visits are key to ensuring your crown stays in top shape. Plus, you’ll always have the added bonus of a soothing cuddle from our therapy dog during your check-ups.

Restore & Protect Your Teeth!

Ready to restore your smile and confidence with a durable, natural-looking dental crown? Our skilled team at South Shore Dental is here to guide you through the process with ease and comfort. Plus, our friendly therapy dog will be by your side to ensure a calm and relaxing experience. Don’t let damaged or decayed teeth hold you back any longer! Click here to schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards a brighter, healthier smile!

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