Last but not least — sometimes teeth are too far gone to save or simply cover up. If you’ve experienced serious decay, lost multiple teeth, or have a severe injury to a tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge to help improve your smile.
Dental crowns are porcelain implants that replace the affected tooth either completely or partially, and will require multiple visits to mould, fortify, and replace. The result will be a naturally looking tooth though, so it’s likely worth your time.
Dental crowns are custom-made caps that are placed over a tooth to support it and to restore its original size, shape, and appearance. Dr. Sean Kennelly may recommend a dental crown in Centennial, Colorado, for the following purposes:
- To protect a tooth from breaking
- To hold a cracked tooth together
- To restore a broken or worn down tooth
- To support a tooth with a large filling
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To improve an irregularly shaped tooth
- To enhance a badly stained tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic improvement
Dental crowns can also be used on primary teeth, also called baby teeth, to:
- Save a tooth that has too much damage from decay to support a filling
- Protect a child’s teeth who has high risk for tooth decay or who has a hard time keeping up with their oral hygiene
- Decrease the use of general anesthesia on children who are unable to cooperate fully with the requirements of dental care
To prepare a tooth for a dental crown, our dentist will remove a small amount of enamel. Then an impression is made of the tooth so a dental crown can be constructed. When the crown is complete, it is permanently cemented into place. We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
What should I expect when I have a crown placed?
As a rule, you’ll come in for two appointments. First, we’ll take a mold of the tooth that will get the crown. We’ll use this mold to make a temporary crown to protect your tooth between your first and second appointments. We’ll administer your choice of anesthetic and then remove any decay and reshape your tooth, if necessary.
We’ll make a second, very precise impression of your tooth to send to the lab. Dr. Sean Kennelly will put your temporary protective crown in place and then send detailed instructions to the lab so that they can use the mold to create a unique, custom-designed tooth that will fit you perfectly.
During the second appointment, we’ll remove your temporary crown and clean and inspect your tooth to make sure your permanent crown will fit perfectly — we’ll even take an X-ray to ensure that your fit is perfect. Once you approve the color match of your crown to the rest of your teeth, we will cement your crown to your tooth permanently.