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Dental Crowns

Dr. Christopher Henes and his dental team are proud to offer a wide variety of services, including ceramic crowns in Aurora, CO

Porcelain crowns are needed when a large filling is needed for your tooth, you recently had a root canal, or one of your current crowns has failed. No matter the reason you may need dental crowns, know you are in great hands seeing Dr. Christopher Henes and his staff at Iliff Family Dental. Porcelain is the most lifelike material that can be used to fashion dental crowns. Because porcelain is so lifelike it is only understanding that we use the most lifelike material for something like your front teeth. This will improve your overall appearance. If your front tooth needs a crown, we will use the most natural, beautiful, durable and translucent porcelain.

  • Dr. Christopher Henes will discuss your needs and goals with you. He will determine if porcelain crowns are the proper cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.
  • If a dental crown is what you need, then at your first appointment Dr. Christopher Henes will prepare the teeth for the crown by removing a small portion of enamel. This will ensure proper fit of the final crown.
  • After your tooth is prepared Dr. Henes and his staff will take impressions of the prepared teeth. We will send the impressions to a dental lab for fabrication of the porcelain crown.
  • After the impression is taken, the dental team will then place temporary crowns while you wait for your permanent porcelain crowns which typically takes 1 week. If you elect to have a same day crown fabricated then we will fabricate the crown in office.
  • At the second visit Dr. Henes will permanently bond your beautiful new crown to your tooth.
Dr. Christopher  Henes is known for his ability to listen to his patients and together with his team delivers exemplary results. Our patients can be rest assured that they are benefitting from the most recent dental discoveries every time they visit us. Start your dental crown process today.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a type of restoration that is placed over a tooth that is broken to the point that it can’t be fixed with a normal dental filling. Crowns can also be used when there isn’t too much tooth structure remaining or if an old crown failed.  It’s often a solution for those who don’t want to have the tooth extracted but don’t want a broken tooth in the mouth. After the crown is placed, you will have a stronger tooth that functions like one that is natural.

Reasons to Get a Dental Crown

A crown can be placed to protect a tooth that is weak so that it doesn’t break any further. It can also be used over a tooth that has a filling, supporting the amount of the tooth that is left.  Crowns are also recommended for teeth that were just root canal treated. This ensures that the tooth will have a great seal and prevent fracture of the tooth after a root canal. If you have teeth that are misshapen or teeth that are discolored, then a crown is beneficial because it can be designed so that it looks like a natural tooth and correct some of the concerns you are having. Children can get a crown placed to protect a baby tooth that isn’t quite strong enough for a filling. These crowns are different than crowns for adults because these crowns are made of stainless steal and can be completed in one visit.

Types of Crowns

While a crown might sound like it should be made of porcelain, there are other materials that are often used.

Metal

Stainless steel crowns are commonly used with children. This is the silver tooth that you can sometimes see when you’re talking to a child. When the tooth gets loose, the entire tooth, including the crown, can be pulled.

Other types of metals that are often used include those that have contents of gold or platinum. A metal crown is usually stronger than other types and can hold up to the biting and chewing activities that occur on a daily basis. A metal crown is an option to consider for the molars since they usually aren’t easily seen. Metal crowns can also be used if you already have a short tooth that can’t be reduced enough for a porcelain crown.

Porcelain & Ceramic

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are better options if you want something that looks like a natural tooth instead of one that looks metallic. There are also the combination of both metal and porcelain crowns. These crown are the best of both worlds. Dr. Christopher Henes and his trained staff will go over all options with you and help discuss and come up with the best option for you.

Steps For a Crown

The first step in getting a crown is to visit your dentist for an examination. X-rays will be taken to determine the extent of the damage of your tooth. If there is enough tooth structure remaining and a crown is possible, the gum tissue as well as the area around the tooth, is anesthetized so that you’re comfortable while the tooth is being prepped for a  crown. During the preparation the tooth will be smoothed and filed down to remove the damaged areas before the crown is placed. Then an impression will be taken. This impression will be sent to the lab for the fabrication of the crown. In about 10-14 days your crown will arrive and then it will be placed. To ensure proper fit an x-ray will be taken to make sure the crown is seated all the way.  Once it is seated properly the crown will be cemented to the tooth. Dr. Christopher Henes and Iliff Family Dental are proud to offer same day crown visits as well. For more information about crowns in a day click here!

Schedule Your Appointment to discuss your ceramic crowns in Aurora, CO Today!

If you are interested in learning more about crowns, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us