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, your trusted dentist in Greeley, CO, can place all types of dental crowns depending on your oral health needs and cosmetic goals. We are your one-stop dental office for restorative dentistry services.
Dental Crowns: How Do They Work?
A dental crown covers all parts of the tooth and can be used to address both cosmetic and functional dental issues. Dr. Thompson may recommend a dental crown for a range of reasons:
- Damaged teeth, including chipped or cracked teeth
- Strengthening a tooth after a root canal
- Restoring a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
- Changing the color or shape of a tooth and enhancing 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.
The dentist places a temporary crown while an expert ceramicist creates your new crown 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.
Dental Crown FAQs
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 porcelain crown lasts 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.
Does insurance cover dental crowns?
Dental benefits will vary and our staff will work with you on an individual basis to provide your estimated cost and maximize your dental health benefits. In many cases, the cost of a dental crown is covered in part by your dental insurance.
How many appointments does it take to get a dental crown?
A crown can be ready in just two appointments. The main reason is that crowns need a previous prepping to the tooth. Also, they are usually made in a dental lab. Therefore, the dentist makes a provisional restoration that you will wear until the crown arrives and it’s bonded to the tooth.
Will my dental crown match my teeth?
Yes. Nowadays, materials and technologies have improved to make dental crowns look just like your natural teeth. The dentist should make sure that the dental crown’s color and texture match your natural teeth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last from 5 to 15 years approximately. However, crowns made with high-quality materials can last for more than 20 years. Especially if the patient has good oral hygiene.
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 provides a great dental experience for all patients. To request an appointment, please call our office at 970.205.9614 or request a visit online.