Restore your smile with dental crowns
While the goal of dentistry is to ensure that patients have healthy, functioning teeth for eating and speaking, there are times when significant damage occurs to a tooth that can impact its core structure. A large area of decay, cracking, or trauma and injury to a tooth may require a dentist to restore it in one of several ways. One of the more common ways to repair a tooth is with porcelain teeth caps or porcelain crowns. Centennial, Colorado area dentist, Dr. Sean Kennelly, finds that crowns are a versatile solution in many different situations for these patients.
What is a dental crown?
The best way to describe cosmetic crowns is as a porcelain restoration that is made to cover the visible portions of a tooth above the gumline. A tooth that is weak or damaged can be much more susceptible to damage down the road, including infection and breakage. Placing a dental crown can protect the tooth and help repair the structure so the tooth can function as it once did. These restorations are custom-made for patients to match the rest of the teeth for seamless integration.
When might a dentist recommend the placement of a dental crown?
Dr. Sean Kennelly may advise Centennial area patients to consider a dental crown for the following purposes:
- To support a tooth with a large cavity and/or filling
- To protect a tooth from breakage
- To hold a tooth together that is cracked
- To restore a tooth that is broken or worn down
- To anchor a dental bridge on both sides
- To make a cosmetic improvement
- To cover a dental implant and replace a single tooth
- To improve a tooth that is badly stained or irregularly shaped
What can I expect from the process of obtaining a dental crown?
First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing enamel from the outer edges. An impression is made and used so that the dental crown can be made to fit right over the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is made and bonded over the tooth while a ceramist fabricates the final restoration. When their crown is complete, patients return to the office to have the temporary removed and the final restoration bonded over the natural tooth.
How do I learn more? Call Dr. Sean Kennelly and his team at Argyle Family Dental in Centennial, CO, to learn more about dental crowns. His office is at 8120 South Holly Street, Suite #208, and he can be reached at (720) 573-2454 for an appointment.