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How dental crowns from your dentist in Westminster, Colorado can make your smile strong and beautiful
There are lots of things that can weaken your smile. Aging and everyday wear-and-tear can lead to a worn-down smile. Even large, old fillings can weaken teeth by separating teeth into sections, which are more prone to fracture when you bite down.
The good news is, dental crowns can restore your damaged teeth, making your smile whole again. Dr. Alexander W. Smith at The Family Dentist in Westminster, Colorado offers a wide range of dental services, including dental crowns to make your smile strong and beautiful.
Dental crowns provide the best protection possible against fracture or breakage because they cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth. When you bite down or chew with a dental crown, the stress and pressure are spread out evenly across the surface of your tooth, protecting your tooth from breaking.
Dental crowns also improve the look of your smile. Your damaged teeth will appear whole again. Large metal fillings that may look unsightly, can be replaced with a more natural-looking, more protective dental crown.
You can choose from a variety of materials for your dental crown. Full gold crowns used to be the standard because of their strength and durability, but they don’t look natural.
Porcelain has become a more widely used material because of its important benefits:
- Porcelain reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel
- Porcelain resembles tooth enamel, so when a porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth
- Porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crowns will stay white and beautiful for years
When you have crowns placed on your back teeth, it’s important to have as much strength as possible. That’s why back teeth are often crowned with a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the strength of a metal underlay with the beauty of porcelain.
Dental crowns can restore your damaged teeth and also provide enhanced beauty to your smile. To find out more about the benefits of dental crowns, call Dr. Alexander W. Smith at The Family Dentist in Westminster, Colorado. You can reach him at (303) 427-8690, so call today!
Could these tooth-shaped restorations protect your oral health?
Crowns, sometimes referred to as dental caps, are hollow restorations that are placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth to strengthen and restore it. These restorations are designed to look just like a real tooth so the only person who will even know that you have crowns is you and your Westminster, CO, dentist Dr. Alexander Smith. Let’s find out more about crowns and when they could benefit your smile.
When are dental crowns used?
This tooth-shaped restoration can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes; however, in most cases, a crown can be used to improve functionality and restore strength back into a weak or damaged tooth. Here is when you might be able to benefit from a dental crown:
- You have a cracked or fractured tooth
- You have a tooth that is too weak for a filling to support
- You have to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- You have a tooth that is severely stained or malformed
- You need to support a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth
What goes into getting a dental crown?
Before you get your dental crown you may have to undergo treatment or tooth preparation depending on what’s going on. For example, if you are dealing with a dental infection our Westminster, CO, family dentist will need to perform root canal therapy to clean out the tooth and get rid of the infection before the crown is placed. Before anything happens we will discuss your treatment plan with you in detail.
Next, we will need to prep the tooth before getting your crown. This entails removing some tooth enamel so there is room for the crown to fit over the tooth. Since an extensive amount of enamel has to be removed we will use local anesthesia beforehand so you don’t feel a thing.
From there, we prepare the tooth and then take impressions. These molds of your mouth are what a dental lab will use to make your very own custom-fitted dental crown. In many cases, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready to be placed over the tooth.
The Family Dentist in Westminster, CO, is here to ensure that everyone gets the dental care they need. From preventive dentistry to cosmetic treatments we offer it all so that you can maintain that beautiful smile that you deserve. If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns schedule a consultation with us.