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Dental Crowns – Greeley, CO

Restore Your Tooth with a Lifelike Crown!

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Teeth consist of the hardest material in the human body, but that doesn’t mean the outer enamel layers cannot still become damaged over time. If enough enamel breaks down, the vulnerable dentin and pulp can become exposed, increasing the risk of teeth sensitivity and oral infections later. With the help of custom-made dental crowns from Dr. Blake E. Cure and Dr. Mark R. Smith, you can get your smile headed back in the right direction. Don’t wait to contact our office and get started!

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown.

Dental crowns or caps are fixed prosthetics designed to accomplish a number of different tasks. Unlike removable options like dentures, dental crowns are meant to stay in place for many years at a time thanks to the cemented material keeping them adhered. They are considered to be the most common type of dental restoration provided by dentists and can be placed by just about any dental professional.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns? Do You Need One?

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Dental crowns are typically placed in order to protect damaged teeth, but they offer many additional benefits as well. For example, they can replace a filling that has become insufficient at protecting or saving a natural tooth. They can restore a fractured tooth or prevent teeth from breaking apart further. If you intend to replace teeth, they are used in tandem with a dental bridge or implant to fill the gap in your smile. If your natural tooth has become severely discolored, a porcelain crown can hide your tooth’s appearance and make your smile look more natural as a result.

Of course, those who undergo root canal treatment will absolutely need to have a crown placed.

What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

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Crowns can be made from a wide variety of materials, depending on your preference. In the past, crowns were typically made from silver or gold because of their durability. However, many patients are opting for porcelain material because of its natural appearance to tooth enamel. The choice you make will largely depend on the tooth you intend on replacing. For example, teeth that are visible in your smile are best suited to use with porcelain, while silver may be more appropriate for a tooth highly susceptible to grinding like molars.

How Do I Get a Dental Crown?

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After one of our dentist closely examines your mouth, they’ll determine if a crown is the best solution for your damaged tooth. If so, they’ll begin cleaning the tooth of any decay or damaged tissue, then start preparing it for crown placement. This involves removing a very small amount of tooth enamel in order to give the crown room to properly anchor to the damaged portion. After taking an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to an offsite lab to have a permanent crown created, you’ll need to wear a temporary crown for the time being. This will protect your tooth until you have your permanent crown placed.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

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Crowns have the potential to last a lifetime, but it is possible for them to fall out prematurely. With proper care, there’s no reason that your dental crown shouldn’t last as long as 15 years. Just make sure that you practice daily oral care and visit our office for checkups and cleanings once every six months. Avoid using your teeth as a tool under any circumstances as this can cause it to either wear down prematurely or become unadhered from your damaged tooth underneath.

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