Dental crowns are caps used to cover a tooth to either restore shape and size, strength, or improve appearance. The crown will cover all visible portions of the tooth, starting right at the gum line. There are many different types of crowns and reasons to get one.

When do I need a dental crown?

There are many different reasons someone may need to receive a dental crown. Whether it was a freak accident where a tooth breaks or a solution to a decaying tooth, dental crowns can relieve tooth pains. If a tooth is cracked, a crown can be used to keep it in place and prevent it from breaking apart. Dental crowns are also a means to cover dental implants to make the appearance more natural. While there are many medical reasons to receive a dental crown, some choose to get one for cosmetic modifications such as covering misshaped or severely discolored teeth. So not only will a dental crown help strengthen a tooth, it will also improve the appearance, shape, alignment, and bite.

What are the different types of dental crowns to choose from?

The different types of dental crowns include: stainless steel, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, or all-ceramic or porcelain. Stainless steel crowns are typically temporary placeholders while a permanent crown is being made, and will typically be used for children since they do not require multiple dental visits and are more cost-efficient. Other metals that can be used include gold alloy, palladium, or base-metal alloys like nickel and chromium. These metal crowns are stronger and will last through tough biting and chewing, however the metallic appearance deters most from choosing this type of crown for visible teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are cosmetically appealing as the color can be matched to adjacent teeth. Though as time passes, the metal may show as a dark line. All-ceramic or porcelain dental crowns are not as strong and will wear down teeth, however do look the most natural of all the options.

How long does installing a dental crown take?

Two separate dental visits are required to install a dental crown. During the first appointment, the dentist will examine the tooth in order to determine whether or not a dental crown is a viable option. If the tooth can support a crown, it will be filed down and prepared; however, if the tooth is too damaged or weak, then the dentist will opt to fill it in to make it big enough to receive a crown. If necessary, an impression of the tooth and adjacent teeth will be taken to be sure the permanent crown is made accordingly. The second appointment will be used to remove the temporary crown, and fasten the new crown with a special adhesive.

Those suffering from a tooth loss or weakness, or need replace an existing crown, should call (970) 658-1142 for a free consultation with Dr. Scott McNairy. Contact North Peak Dental at (970) 658-1142 to make an appointment today. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado North Peak Dental will help determine the best dental care plan to give you the best smile possible.