About Dental Crowns
To restore and protect cracked teeth, yellowing enamel, substantial decay, and more concerns, dental crowns go over the whole tooth. At Clement Park Dental Care in Littleton, CO, crowns (also called caps) are sturdy, long-lasting covers that fit securely over the area of the tooth above the gumline for patients where dental decay is too big to be healed with a composite-resin filling or if the patient's tooth is cracked and requires protection. Crowns can also be added to cover an off-color tooth or to increase the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at Clement Park Dental Care can be porcelain, ceramic, or metal, based on the location of the crown. The less visible teeth generally need the added strength of metal, whereas the social teeth look more attractive with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are shaded to blend with the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To craft a customized crown, our dentists first prep the tooth by taking off a slim layer of enamel before taking digital X-rays and physical impressions of the tooth, which will be delivered to a dental lab. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth while the custom crown is being created. Once the custom crown is returned to Clement Park Dental Care in Littleton, CO, our dentists will carefully set and fit the crown over the tooth. Our dentists can modify the crown for the most comfortable fit.
Some patients can have short-term soreness or heightened tooth sensitivity, however for the most part patients don't experience any discomfort once the crown is in place. With correct home care and recommended dental exams and cleanings, a dental crown can remain in place for at least ten years, depending on the placement and material of the crown. It is possible that an infection or cavity can grow in the tooth under the crown, which usually requires a root canal therapy or another procedure.
If the dental crown is deemed medically necessary, dental insurance companies will usually cover part or most of the expenses, so our office staff at Clement Park Dental Care in Littleton, CO will consult with the insurance company to calculate their coverage as well as the patient's personal costs. Estimated expenses, payment options, and financing plans are available in our office in Littleton, CO and can be explained during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A dental crown is used to shield a decayed or broken tooth, or to mask a cosmetic flaw or discoloration. To improve the appearance or health of a single tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentists at Clement Park Dental Care in Littleton, CO and decide if a crown is a possible option for your concerns.