What is a Dental Crown?

Dental Crowns

At OG Dental, we believe communication is essential to great treatment. Dental crowns are one of the dental restoration services we perform on a daily basis. So, just what exactly is a dental crown, and how can it be used to keep your smile looking beautiful and healthy?

The Basics of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns help protect a weak tooth. Crowns are bonded to teeth that have undergone extensive restorative work, like root canal therapy. At OG Dental, we also rely on crowns to stabilize and protect cracked or damaged teeth.

While the crown may extend down below the gum line, the majority of them serve as a tooth replacement for the crown. Once the crown is affixed, it will fully encase the damaged tooth. Crowns are custom made to fit each unique tooth. Dental crown measurements and fittings will be taken at our Denver Highlands dentist office. At OG Dental, we ensure you get a comfortable fit and a corrected bite with the crown that we have made for you.

Crowns can be made from a number of materials, including ceramic, resin, or a combination of porcelain and metal. The dental crown that will best meet your needs will depend on a number of factors unique to you.

The Function of Dental Crowns

Crowns serve a number of important functions essential to good oral health. Crowns can protect teeth that have been weakened or have undergone treatment. They can also be used to provide support for dental bridges. The basic function of a crown is to provide support and replace the functional structure, along with providing aesthetic improvement.

Our Denver dental care professionals rely on dental crowns to transform a smile that is misshapen, stained, or otherwise not that perfect bright smile you’re looking for. Similar to dental veneers and lumineers, you can get crowns placed on each tooth, creating the beautiful smile that you deserve.

Who Needs Dental Crowns?

It’s true that dental crowns may not be the best restorative dentistry solution for everyone. However, crowns can allow you to chew, talk, and smile again, without risking any damage to the original tooth structure. Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, says that if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, you may be a good candidate for dental crowns.

What is the Process for Getting Dental Crowns?

The procedure for getting dental crowns typically takes two separate visits to our office. The first step we take is to ensure that your tooth is healthy. It’s important to first remove all signs of decay and repair the tooth prior to protecting it with a crown. If the crown is going to be used to provide support for a dental bridge, it will be prepared for the crown. This may involve filing the tooth down so that the crown will fit perfectly. We offer sedation dentistry for our Denver patients who have dental anxiety so that visits are much more tolerable.

Impressions will be taken of the tooth and the teeth around it. These impressions are sent off to a lab that will make or mill the crown. A temporary crown will be set on the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be set.

You’ll return to the office once your permanent dental crown is ready. At this appointment, Dr. O’Grady will remove the temporary crown. The permanent crown will be positioned and bonded to the tooth.

It may take some time to get used to the feel of the new crown, but it will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.

Are you ready to correct a discolored tooth or get the dental bridge that’ll complete your smile? Contact OG Dental today! We offer same-day dental appointments so that we can work with your busy schedule.