Protect and restore badly decayed or fractured teeth.
- Teeth with extensive decay (large cavities)
- Broken or fractured teeth
- A need to protect and strengthen a tooth
A crown, or cap, covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size, and is needed when there is no longer sufficient healthy tooth structure remaining to support a filling. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared tooth surface. This mold is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored) crown. The crown is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
All of our restorations are made locally in Colorado. We use only the highest quality materials and reputable dental laboratories. None of our restorations are outsourced to off-shore facilities.
Crowns are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a crown will fit almost perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from developing under the crown.
Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future. It can also prevent the possibility that a fractured tooth may need to be removed, requiring the expense of a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth.
Crowns are excellent restorations and have few disadvantages. They are highly durable, but they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
Occasionally, a tooth may still need root canal therapy after being crowned. However, this indicates that the interior of the tooth was already sick (infected) and would have eventually needed root canal therapy.
Typically the only alternative to a crown is the removal of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant or a bridge.