If you have a tooth that has been damaged by dental decay but cannot be repaired by a traditional dental filling, Dr. Jorge Rojas may recommend a dental crown.
At Monarch Family Dental of Westminster, our team offers a range of solutions for adult crown restorations. There are many different types of crowns we provide for our patients, each of which is designed to fit over your natural teeth.
We provide same-day dental crowns in Westminster, Colorado, to help speed your recovery! Call our office at 303-920-4900 today to learn more and schedule a visit with our dentist.
One Convenient Visit
If you have received a dental crown in the past, it is likely that this restoration required two visits to your dentist to complete. After the dentist took an impression of your affected tooth and outfitted you with a temporary dental crown, they would send the impression to a dental lab, which would take a week or more to create your permanent custom restoration. That would leave you avoiding certain foods or taking extra precautions to protect your temporary crown in the meantime.
With same-day crowns, you can forget the wait! Our office uses CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) to examine your smile, create your customized dental crown in our office and place the crown all in a single visit. Without ever sending you home or asking you to wear a temporary crown, our dentist will:
- Examine your smile and the affected tooth.
- Clean and prepare your tooth for restoration.
- Take a digital impression and create a 3D model of your tooth using digital imaging.
- Mill your crown from porcelain or zirconia in our own office
- Check the fit of your crown, make any needed adjustments, and cement it into place.
- Polish your crown so it blends with the rest of your smile and send you on your way!
To learn more about same-day dental crowns and plan your own visit to our office, schedule your appointment today.
Why Adults Might Need a Dental Crown
Dental crown restorations are usually recommended for the following situations:
- Cracked teeth
- To fix a failed crown
- To replace a worn-down filling
- Following root canal treatments
Crowns can provide damaged teeth with a much greater level of protection than a filling, particularly if your fillings have started to break down or become loose over time.
Which type of crown restoration is best?
There are three different types of dental crowns, including…
In the past, gold crowns were considered the longest lasting of all materials. While not aesthetically pleasing for everyone, gold is actually very similar to the natural structure of your teeth, both in the way that it contracts and expands and in its hardness.
Gold crown restorations are tough. They will not tarnish, and they will not erode or wear down your other teeth in any way. Another advantage is that they require less of the natural tooth to be removed, making it a great solution for the back teeth in the mouth. This is partly due to its robustness but also because it is not as visible in the back of the mouth.
Despite being one of the strongest materials for adult crowns, gold is not suitable for placement anywhere in the frontal parts of a person’s mouth due to its color.
For anyone who is seeking the most natural-looking adult crown, ceramics are a great choice. These crowns are lighter, and they’re made with slightly thinner materials that are renowned for being gentle to a person’s natural gum tissues.
We offer ceramic crowns made out of Zirconia. These crowns have the aesthetic of natural tooth color while still being strong enough to be placed on the back teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
This type of restorative crown is typically prepared with a metallic shell, which a porcelain veneer will then be fused to. This process will give the crown a natural-looking appearance that is similar to ceramic but has the added benefit of the strength of the metal underneath. When we consider the combined strength and restoration of this option, it actually outperforms the gold crown option.
One of the biggest drawbacks to a porcelain and metal crown is that it requires a lot more of the structure of the tooth to be removed. As such, it can lead to the gums becoming more vulnerable to inflammation, and it may also result in the wearing down of any nearby teeth.
What is a crown restoration?
An adult crown restoration is a process of getting a dental crown placed over an existing tooth that is damaged. The crown restoration process for adults will require a lab to custom-build a crown for the patient. Once the crown has been created, Dr. Jorge Rojas will remove the areas of damage, preparing the tooth for a new crown or cap placement.
What are the advantages of restoration?
A dental crown can…
- Hold together a damaged or cracked tooth.
- Finish a dental implant restoration.
- Give your teeth essential protection following a root canal treatment.
- Replace worn-down or larger fillings more effectively.
- Improve or enhance the appearance of your teeth.
- Reshape teeth that are the wrong size or shape.
Essentially, dental crowns can disguise a multitude of cosmetic flaws in your teeth and improve your oral health. Once in place, they last for a long time before needing any further attention from Dr. Rojas. With good care, they could last anywhere between five and 15 years, depending on the material used and the area of your mouth they are placed in.
If you are thinking about getting a new dental crown, please talk to Dr. Rojas about your options on your next visit or call our friendly team to make an appointment for a dental crown consultation.