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Crowns in Parker, CO

A crown acts as a cap for your tooth to protect it from breaking. It aids in distributing biting forces evenly across the entire tooth providing strength and support to areas of the tooth that are more fragile.

The most common reasons why you would need a dental crown are

  • A large filling is needed for your tooth, but there is not enough tooth structure left to support anything other than a crown
  • Your tooth has a large cavity
  • Your tooth as a broken filling
  • Your tooth has a fracture or crack
  • You had a root canal done
  • An existing crown has gotten a new cavity

Crowns can be made from several different materials

  • Full gold crowns
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns
  • All ceramic crowns
  • Full zirconia crowns

What to expect when you come to get a crown

We offer same day crowns for patient convenience. If you elect an in-office crown, you can expect to skip the traditional impression and temporary crown, and leave with your final crown in a single appointment. Traditionally, crowns are done in two appointments (or more if your temporary crown breaks or comes off). If you are getting a crown on a molar, you can expect about a 2-hour appointment. All other crowns will usually take 1.5-2 hours.

Steps to getting your crown

  1. Administration of anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
  2. Preparation of the tooth by the dentist, removing any existing filling material, old crown or fracture.
  3. An impression is taken for final crown fabrication. Digital impressions are taken with a digital scanner. Alternatively, traditional impressions can be taken with soft impression material, which hardens after a few minutes.
  4. Our team will design and mill your crown in office. If you choose the strongest material offered in our office, once your crown is milled and fitted, we will “bake” your crown to its strongest state.
  5. Your crown will be fitted to ensure it fits properly over your tooth. An x-ray may be taken to verify the proper fit.
  6. Your crown will be cemented/bonded. Ceramic crowns are bonded to create a stronger bond between your tooth and the crown. Alternative crown materials use tooth cements that are strong, but more susceptible to degradation and loss of the crown.

Similarly to dental fillings, there is no waiting period before you can go about your normal routine. You can eat and chew on your crown as before. Without strict home care, it is possible to get a cavity around your new crown. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist, can help to prevent new cavities from forming. Treating these cavities will require a new crown. Crowns can last years and maybe even a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. For more cosmetic and restorative services, click here!

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