Create the Beautiful Smile You Want with Dental Crowns
If your smile is slightly affected by broken, damaged, or discolored teeth, dental crowns may be the perfect option for you. Here at The Cody Dental Group in Denver, CO, we have spent years perfecting our dental crown methods and help patients restore their brilliant smiles once again. Opting for our practice near University Park for all your Denver dental crown work means getting the expert treatment and precise personalization you have come to expect from dental professionals that care. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment and discover how dental crowns can give you the shining smile you want once again.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are cosmetic restoration devices used to improve the shape or color of a tooth, and/or to strengthen a tooth. Dental crowns are most often used for broken or worn teeth. They can also be used to replace failing restorations or repair teeth that need large restorations due to extensive decay or fractured areas. Crowns or “caps” are cemented onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth from the gum line to the biting surface. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold alloy, or both. Porcelain dental crowns are often preferred because they mimic the translucency and aesthetics of natural teeth. Contact us today to learn more.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Patients often opt for crowns because they are a long-term solution to various dental issues. Unlike silver or composite fillings, which apply restoration material directly to the tooth, a crown is fabricated in a laboratory away from your mouth. Your dentist will first take an impression of the prepared tooth, then send it to a dental laboratory technician. He will examine all aspects of your bite, then sculpt and manufacture the crown just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed. This custom fabrication restores the color, shade, and aesthetic. It protects and improves function for chewing, talking, and more. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.
Our Wide Range of Dental Crown Options
The Cody Dental Group offers a wide array of dental crown materials to match your unique needs. As a modern practice, we make it our mission to provide options that perform their function perfectly and provide different looks and advantages. When choosing the dental crown that is right for you, members of our experienced staff will guide you every step of the way, explaining the ideal choices for your smile and budget. Our options include:
Metal dental crowns are made from durable metallic substances, such as gold, chromium, nickel, and other alloys. They require less removal of the actual tooth structure and can withstand tremendous bite pressure from chewing. Gold has almost the exact same hardness of natural tooth enamel which makes it a “friendly” surface to opposing natural teeth. Metal crowns do standout so we usually recommend them only for molars.
Porcelain dental crowns allow us to perfectly match the color of adjacent teeth for a more subtle, streamlined look. However, porcelain can wear over time. That is why fusion with metal is so essential. By joining the two materials, these crowns offer the ideal looks of porcelain with metal durability that stands the test of time.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain
All-Ceramic and All-Porcelain dental crowns offer uncanny color matching with your surrounding teeth. They make the ideal option to camouflage your dental work but should be fused with metal if you are looking for longevity.
All-Resin dental crowns are the perfect options for patients on a budget. All-Resin performs all the functions of a dental crown admirably but can wear and fracture over time.
While your permanent crowns are being fabricated in our lab, the Cody Dental Group will give you temporary ones made from professional-grade acrylic or steel.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure is lengthy, but it does improve the look and function of your teeth. Before any crown installations take place, our specialists conduct a thorough investigation of the targeted tooth area, including x-rays. This examination helps us to assess the health of the tooth before the crown is placed and gives us an in-depth look at any additional damage, decay, infection, or injury to the pulp. The tooth crown procedure can then begin in earnest:
Numbing & Filing
We numb your tooth and surrounding gum so you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. We then carefully prepare the surface of the affected tooth.
Our dentists then take an impression of your tooth/teeth for the basis of the fabricated crown. This impression also serves as an indicator of how the crown will affect your bite.
After impressions, we then fabricate your crown in our lab, using the requested materials. This process generally takes about three weeks, so we provide you with a temporary crown while you wait.
On your second visit with us, we will install the permanent crown. Any adjustments to color and shade will be made during this visit.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
No matter the materials, dental crowns can be durable and long-lasting. They can generally last anywhere from 5-45 years with proper care. However, they are not indestructible. Some patients experience discomfort, chipping, fractures, looseness, or even allergic reactions to the materials. The Cody Dental Group is always here to assist you if you experience any of these issues. Contact us for more information.
Contact the Cody Dental Group for Expert Dental Crowns in Denver
Damage, decay, and painful dental conditions can keep you from smiling, laughing, and enjoying life. Here at the Cody Dental Group we hope to be your dental health partner and help you achieve all of your dental goals. That is why we offer you expert dental crowns work as one of the best ways to improve your smile’s look, feel, and function. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and live the life you deserve.