We all want a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, even just one damaged, broken, or cracked tooth can detract from your appearance. While dental crowns come in a variety of materials, at Metropolitan Dental Care in Denver, we offer porcelain crowns because we believe they offer the most benefits to our patients. Learn more about the purpose of crowns and why porcelain crowns are the best choice for your teeth. |
The Purpose of Dental Crowns
A crown is designed to cover a tooth in order to bring back its natural shape, size, strength, and appearance. These “caps” are used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes, including: • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking • To restore an already broken or worn-down tooth • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not a lot of tooth left • To hold a dental bridge in place • To cover misshapen or discolored teeth • To cover a dental implant • To replace a missing tooth • To make a cosmetic modification • To fill holes in a smile left by deteriorated, missing, or broken teeth
Dental crowns come in a variety of material such as stainless steel, gold, resin, and porcelain. Our practice’s material of choice is porcelain.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Cosmetically, porcelain is the most aesthetically appealing. It comes in a variety of shades that can be easily altered to match the color and texture of your teeth. Because of its non-porous surface, porcelain will never change color, giving you a authentic appearance for years to come. Porcelain crowns also allow you to keep more of your original tooth structure, which allows for a stronger base for the restoration. They are also much less abrasive than crowns that contain metal, meaning they will not compromise the strength or function of nearby, healthy teeth.
The Procedure for Applying Porcelain Crowns
Using state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology, your Denver dentist will inspect the damaged tooth and its surrounding bone structures. If it cannot be repaired with a filling, inlay, or onlay, a dental crown will be recommended. If a patient needs a missing tooth replaced, they will need to undergo dental implant surgery first. Before preparing the tooth, the dentist will give you a local anesthetic for optimal comfort. He or she will begin eliminating any decay and reshaping the enamel to ensure the porcelain crown fits securely and blends in perfectly with neighboring teeth. Next, impressions of your teeth are taken to help the lab create your custom dental crown. Once the crown is finished, the dentist will check to make sure it fits comfortably and, if all is well, will permanently cement it to your tooth. Although a crown does not require special care, it is important to note that the crown is not exempt from decay or gum disease. Therefore, you must continue to follow good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using antibacterial mouthwash daily, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
Contact Your Denver Dentist Today
If one or more of your teeth needs restorative or cosmetic care, porcelain crowns could be the solution. To learn if they are right for you, schedule a consultation with our team online or by calling (303) 534-2626.
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