Dental crowns or “tooth caps” serve a variety of purposes and are one of the most common dental treatments performed in our Greeley dental office. Dr. Thompson can place all types of dental crowns depending on your oral health needs and cosmetic goals.
Dental Crowns: How do they work?
A dental crown covers all parts of the tooth and can be used to address both restorative and cosmetic concerns. Dr. Thompson may recommend a dental crown for a range of reasons:
- Tooth damage, including chipped or cracked teeth
- To strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- To restore a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
- To change the color or shape of a tooth and enhance the appearance of your smile
A dental crown will stabilize your tooth in the event of a dental problem and help to maintain and support your long term oral health.
The Dental Crown Process
Placing a dental crown is a two-phase process, performed in the comfort of our dental office. A relatively straightforward process, Dr. Thompson will begin with a thorough exam and discussion of your cosmetic goals before choosing the type of crown that will best suit your needs.
The first step is to prepare the tooth by removing enough structure to accommodate the placement of the crown. Once this is complete, Dr. Thompson will take dental impressions for the design of your new crown. We use digital impressions for the best possible patient experience- no messy trays! We also offer dental sedation for anxious and fearful patients.
A temporary crown is placed while your new restoration is created in a dental lab. Once complete, you will return to our office for the placement of the final dental crown. Dr. Thompson will permanently secure the new crown and work with you to ensure a good fit and comfortable bite.
Is the dental crown process painful?
Most patients are comfortable with the use of a local anesthetic. If you experience dental anxiety or are also receiving other dental treatments we offer dental sedation options. Dr. Thompson will discuss your needs during your initial consultation and go over your medical history if necessary.
How long do dental crowns last?
A dental crown is designed to last for many years, even a lifetime with proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care. During routine dental visits, we will monitor the condition of the crown and make any repairs as needed to keep your dental health stable.
Are dental crowns covered by insurance?
Dental benefits will vary and our staff will work with you on an individual basis to provide your estimated cost and to maximize your dental health benefits. In many cases, the cost of a dental crown is covered in part by your dental insurance.
Schedule A Dental Appointment in Greeley
Thompson Advanced Dentistry in Greeley, CO welcomes new patients and offers personalized dental care for your needs and aesthetic goals. Our office is family-friendly and our staff is dedicated to providing a great dental experience for all patients. To schedule a visit please call our office at 970.205.9614 or request one online.