What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are “caps” that cover your entire tooth. For a weak, decayed, or cracked tooth, a dental crown ensures stability and restores functionality. For misshapen or discolored teeth, dental crowns can make a dramatic aesthetic improvement. In order to place them, your tooth needs to be shaped, before the crown is cemented over your remaining tooth structure. Like veneers, crowns improve color, shape, and size of a tooth.
Dental crowns are made of many different materials, such as stainless steel, metals, resin, and porcelain. Porcelain crowns are easier to match to the natural color of your teeth. Porcelain fused with metal crowns are a popular choice because of their combined strength, durability, and natural look,. If you’re allergic to metals, all-porcelain crowns are available.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns:
Natural Look | More than any other material, porcelain crowns look like your natural teeth. They’re also easier to match in color to the rest of your teeth, which gives you a smile you can have confidence in.
Low Irritability | Porcelain does not irritate your gums. This is especially important if you are allergic to any metals.
Functionality | Often, if you need a crown, this means that the functionality of your mouth has been compromised. A tooth crown will help to return that functionality, so that you can chew without discomfort.
Stain Resistant | A tooth crown made of porcelain is resistant to staining.
The Procedure for Porcelain Crowns
- The dentists at Almeida and Bell make an examination with x-rays of the affected area and determine if a dental crown is needed.
- Preparing your tooth for a crown involves anesthesia administered to numb the tooth and gums. The original tooth is filed down to make room for the new porcelain crown. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, the dentist may build up the small tooth with filling material.
- An impression of the filed down tooth and surrounding teeth is made to enable proper sizing of the porcelain crown and assure bite is not affected.
- A temporary dental crown is placed over the tooth to cover and protect the tooth while the porcelain crown is being made.
- Dr. Almeida or Dr. Bell will match the porcelain crown to the color shade of the other teeth. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the dental crown is manufactured.
- After a few weeks, the temporary dental crown is removed and the new porcelain crown is cemented into place.
- After placement of the new porcelain crown, good oral hygiene is recommended to keep the underlying tooth from decaying. Porcelain crowns usually last about ten years.
Crowns in a Day
Now with the most modern technology, you can have your new permanent dental crown in just one visit! No need for multiple visits or a temporary crown! When you come for your appointment, your tooth will be prepared for your new crown. With the E4D Dentist system, Drs. Almeida and Bell can then take digital images of your prepared tooth, which are used to virtually design your final restoration with precise measurements. This design is sent digitally to an in-office milling station where your new dental crown is fabricated in just minutes! Any adjustments to color can be done right there in the office. Now you can receive your dental crown with less hassle, less time, and greater comfort!
Schedule a Porcelain Dental Crown Consultation in Lone Tree
For more information, arrange to visit our Denver area Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center office in Lone Tree, next to Highlands Ranch, CO, by calling 303-858-9000 or simply fill out the short form on the right. We are happy to show you before and after photos of smiles restored using porcelain crowns.