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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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