Dental Crowns Treatments in Lakewood Colorado
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is artificial tooth restoration process which matches size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. The purpose of a crown is to improve the appearance of teeth structure and smile.
2. What are the types of dental crowns used in cosmetic dental treatment?
There are different types of crown used in cosmetic dental treatment
- Porcelain crown
- Metal Crown
- Ceramic crown
- Porcelain fused to metal crown
3. Why do we need a dental crown?
We need a dental crown in different ways
- When a tooth is broken or chipped, the crowns are used on the damaged tooth to reduce further cracking and preserve its appearance.
- If a tooth is damaged by severe decay, you need to have a root canal treatment to remove infected pulp and restore the tooth with crown
- Suppose you had a dental implant surgery to replace a missing tooth, then the dental crown is placed on top of the implant to look similar to natural teeth.
- If a tooth is cracked, the tooth is restored with cosmetic dental filling and cap is added to reduce further damage to teeth.
To know more about dental crown treatment at Lakewood Colorado, Consult our Dr. Herremans DDS by scheduling an appointment.
4. What is the estimated life of dental crown?
The estimated life of dental crown is around 10 to 12 years. To ensure the longevity of crown, there are many other factors such as good oral hygiene habits and eating good foods will keep your gums and teeth healthy. If any crack or broken crown is identified, it should be replaced immediately with a new one for a better oral health condition.
5. What are the best ways to protect dental crown?
Here are the few ways to protect your crown without affecting your dental health
- Practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Avoid eating hard foods because it can damage your crown and enamel.
- If you clench or grind your teeth at night, then you required a wear a mouth guard to avoid damage to the crown.