Colorado Springs, CO
Over 40% of American adults have at least one dental crown.
Dental crowns cover and protect teeth that have been damaged due to injury or disease.
Our Colorado Springs dentists have been using crowns for decades in dental practice, and nothing has really changed, except for the material used in crowns.
Now, there is a new crown procedure that allows us to speed up the time putting on a crown used to take. Our team, including Colorado dentists Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS, can shorten it from weeks down to one day. It's called the CEREC crown process. Let SmileCOS Dentistry give you more information about CEREC crowns.
What Is A Dental Crown and When Would You Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns, or dental caps, are used to cover teeth that have been damaged or that have disease. A crown can be used to cover and protect a tooth that has been injured.
Sometimes, teeth break or crack, even when we do something simple, like eat an apple.
We can use crowns to cover teeth that have been diseased. When we do a root canal to try and save an infected tooth, we then have to cover it with a crown to protect it so that it can't be damaged further. This usually saves the tooth, which is always our goal.
In the past, crowns were made of gold or silver, but most people today use a porcelain crown over a metal cap for extra protection. Porcelain crowns are also a good choice for repairing front teeth since they provide a natural look that matches the rest of your smile. They are often used in cosmetic procedures such as smile makeovers.
Dental crowns can also cover dental implants, provide bridgework for missing teeth, and help repair cavities that are too large for dental fillings.
They can also fix teeth that are chipped or cracked.
Crowns improve your smile by covering or repairing visible damage to your teeth, and by restoring tooth color, shape, and strength.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns are made from a variety of different materials. Which one depends on several factors, such as whether the crown is visible when you smile, the type of tooth that needs the crown, your own preferences, and many other factors.
Porcelain and ceramic are among the more popular options because they match your natural teeth.
They are also often fused with metal when extra strength is needed.
Composite resin is another popular choice, though it is more prone to wear-and-tear.
Stainless steel crowns are used as a temporary measure while we manufacture your permanent crown.
What Does Getting a Dental Crown Involve?
Getting a crown usually requires two appointments. Your first visit includes an examination of the tooth and preparing it for the dental crown. The crown will be placed during your second visit with us.
Preparation involves taking a set of dental x-rays, filing away any tooth decay, reshaping the tooth as needed, and making an impression of the damaged tooth and surrounding teeth. Next, a temporary crown is placed over the damaged tooth until a permanent crown can be made.
Sometimes the permanent crown can be made onsite during your appointment, so a temporary crown is not needed. Otherwise, the permanent crown is usually ready within a couple of weeks. You should stay away from sticky or chewy foods until after the permanent crown is placed.
After getting your new crown, make sure to care for your teeth by maintaining proper dental hygiene and taking care to brush and floss the area where the crown meets your gum line. Make sure to schedule regular dental exams, too.
Depending on the type of material your crown is made out of, crowns generally can last five to 15 years, so it's important to have them checked and replaced when needed.
What Is A CEREC Dental Crown?
CEREC dental crowns stand for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This means that we are able to speed up the crown process.
Not too long ago, the dentist would place a temporary crown on your tooth, and you would come back in a few weeks to get your permanent crown placed.
However, now we can give you a new crown while you wait. The CEREC crown process is simple. We use a machine, a CAD (Computer Aided Design) to make a 3D model of your tooth, which allows us to mold a crown right in our dental office with ceramic and metal.You can sit down in our office without a tooth, and then you can suddenly get one. How amazing is that?
Advantages of the CEREC Dental Crown Process
The best part about the CEREC crown process is how much time we can save you.
We can fix your tooth problems all at one time, which means you won't have to make multiple appointments. CEREC crowns are also less expensive than a traditional crown.
Whether you chipped your tooth a while ago, and you are just getting around to getting it fixed, or you have a painful tooth that is infected and is really bothering you, we can take care of you with the CEREC process.
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How Do You Care for a Crown?
While we build our crowns to last, sometimes even the toughest material can break or chip. It is important to do good maintenance with your crown. What does this mean? Besides brushing and flossing of course, it means being vigilant about coming in for regular exams and cleanings so that we can ensure the long-term health and beauty of not just your crown, but of all your teeth.
Schedule a Dental Crown Consultation with Us in Colorado Springs, CO Today!
If you are in or around the Colorado Springs, CO area, give us a call at (719) 394-3304 with any of your dental crown questions or concerns, or to make an appointment!