Dental crowns (also called dental caps) are coverings that fit over the top of a chipped, damaged, or broken tooth. A dental crown will help restore the tooth’s function, strength, and appearance.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
Below are a few reasons why you might be a candidate for the placement of a dental crown:
- Root Canal – During a root canal, the tooth will be weakened and more vulnerable to cracks and fractures. A tooth that has received root canal therapy will most likely need a crown in order to prevent it from breaking.
- Large Fillings – If your tooth has a cavity or a crack that covers half or more of the tooth, it will become necessary to cover the tooth with a crown. Otherwise, the weakened tooth may be more prone to fracturing.
- Misshapen Tooth – If a misshapen tooth is making you feel less than confident in your smile, a dental crown may be the answer. A dental crown will restore your tooth to a more natural shape, leaving you with a beautiful smile.
- Worn Teeth – Teeth become worn down over time, especially if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. As the enamel wears away, the teeth will become smaller, softer, and more prone to decay and cavities. The only way of restoring the teeth is by placing dental crowns.
Process Of Receiving a Dental Crown
Having a dental crown placed will likely take multiple visits, depending on the health of your gums and teeth. If the tooth in question is damaged badly enough, you may also need to undergo root canal therapy before receiving your dental crown.
Once the tooth is healthy and any infection or decay has been cleared, the damaged tooth will be filed down and a mold will be taken of your mouth. This allows us to create a dental crown that is exactly matched to your tooth. Before we send you home, you’ll receive a temporary crown to cover the filed-down tooth until your permanent crown is created. While wearing the temporary crown, it’s important to avoid sticky or chewy foods. Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth as much as possible to avoid putting too much pressure on the temporary crown.
At your final appointment, Dr. Bahar Esmaili will cement the new crown into place and make sure it’s a good fit. You’ll be asked to bite down with the new crown and let us know how it feels and if any adjustments need to be made.
For more information on dental crowns in Boulder, CO, please contact PeakView Dentistry today. We’d be happy to answer any further questions you may have.