Do you have a cracked tooth? Do you have a tooth or several teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or damaged? If these issues are keeping you from having the smile you yearn for, Dr. Ted Johnson and Dr. Katie Johnson offer a variety of options. For some people, crowns are a great choice.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are permanently placed over natural teeth, in order to reconstruct the tooth’s size and shape, while improving its strength and appearance. The crown will cover the visible portion of the tooth all the way to the gum line once it is cemented into place.
What Else Can Crowns Do?
Crowns are used to repair broken or cracked teeth to avoid further damage. Crowns are also used to attach other dental work like a bridge, support large fillings, or cover deformed teeth. Crowns may also be placed over dental implants.
What is the Procedure Like?
We normally require at least two dental visits to install a crown. First, the dentist should ready the tooth or implant for the crown. To do this, the dentist will grind and shape the tooth so that the crown will fit. Next, the dentist makes an impression of the tooth and surrounding gums, which is then sent off to a dental laboratory so that the crown can be manufactured. The dentist then places a temporary crown over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. During the second visit, dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the finished permanent crown onto the tooth.
Crowns generally last from five to ten years, and with careful oral hygiene most crowns last longer. Specific actions such as chewing ice, fingernail biting and teeth grinding can do damage to the crown, and should be avoided.
If you are interested in having your smile revamped and become the smile of your dreams, call our office today! We are eager to give you a beautiful and healthy smile. You can contact our Wheat Ridge dental office here or call us at 303-422-8748 to schedule your appointment.