If you’re considering a procedure for a dental crown in Colorado Springs, read the information below to learn your options for treatment at Schope Dental:
Crowns are caps that are shaped like your original tooth. There are a variety of situations where a crown can be appropriate treatment for your dental problem. A dentist is the person you will see if you need this type of dentistry performed. The crown will cover the tooth completely and this can help you to resume normal chewing on the affected side.
The crown will allow the tooth to have the same look and function as the normal tooth. Once it is secured in the mouth, you can resume all functions again. When the crown is cemented in the mouth, the original tooth will no longer be visible. Your tooth is covered to the gum line.
CEREC CAD/CAM One Day Crowns
At Schope Dental, we offer CEREC CAD/CAM crowns that allow us to digitally design and place your crown in the same visit. No need for temporary crowns. No need for a repeat visit. The crown fit is more precise and natural feeling than traditional crowns. They last a long time and there’s no unsightly metal. Your crown looks and works just like a normal tooth does.
Who Is a Candidate for a Crown?
There are a variety of tooth problems that can benefit from the use of a crown such as cracked or chipped teeth. Untreated, cracked and chipped teeth are likely to get worse. Placement of a crown can stop the progression of decay and allow you to move on without this problem holding you back.
Sometimes a tooth can become weak. A crown can stabilize the tooth and make it stronger. Dr. Schope will be able assess if any of your teeth are weak and whether or not a crown is the appropriate treatment.
If a tooth needs a filling and there is not a great deal of the tooth left to work with, a crown may be a better long-term solution.
A bridge is commonly used in our dentist office. A bridge may need some extra support and this is what a crown can provide. A bridge will need to be secure in the mouth and a crown can help accomplish this goal.
Sometimes teeth can be discolored. A crown can be matched to the color of your other teeth. This gives the appearance of teeth that are all of the same color.
Dental implants are becoming more common. Crowns are often used with dental implants to cover this work that has been done. Crowns can hide all evidence of dental work.
Even some cosmetic procedures require the use of a crown for esthetic purposes to be completed. Your dentist will tell you if you need a crown before any of the work is completed in your mouth.
Treatment of Crowns In Children
Children often need crowns also. This need can be different from an adults needs. Sometimes a child’s small teeth cannot support a filling. In this case a crown may be appropriate to provide more security to the tooth.
Sometimes a child can experience a high level decay at a very young age. For some children good oral hygiene is not a priority in the home. A crown can stabilize teeth and prevent further decay. Crowns can stabilize the baby teeth until the permanent teeth come in. Children can have more than one crown installed to help stabilize teeth.
Types of Crowns Available
There are a variety of materials that can be used for a crown. Your dentist can help you decide which type of crown is best for your specific needs. Many people do not realize that there are choices when it comes to a crown:
- Stainless Steel – This is a crown that is prefabricated ahead of time. This is a crown that is made for temporary use. Until your personal crown is ready, you can use this stainless steel version. This is also a type that is used in children also until a more permanent crown can be installed in the mouth.The steel crown can be used to help prevent more details at from setting into the tooth. A stainless steel crown can be used on a child until the permanent tooth emerges.When the tooth with the crown is naturally lost, this type of crown will come out with it. This type of crown is commonly used for children because it only required one dental visit. Many children have a great deal of anxiety abut visiting the dentist and treatment should be as minimally invasive as possible. Stainless steel crowns can also be the most affordable also.
- Metal Crowns – Alloys are used to make metal crowns. This can include gold and other colors for metal crowns. A metal crown can be used when there is not much left of the tooth making this a popular choice for more severe decayed teeth.Metal is a very strong choice an you can resume chewing just like you would with your normal tooth. This is often the crown that can last the longest when up against everyday wear and tear. You will not have to worry about breaking or chipping with this choice in crown. As the gum naturally recedes a dark line can appear with this type of crown and this may be a better choice for back or even side teeth.
- Porcelain – This is the type of crown that most people are used to hearing about the most. Porcelain is the most popular choice in crown. This is the crown that will match your teeth the best. A dents it can match this crown to the existing color of your natural teeth. The surrounding teeth will be more affected by this type if crown. Porcelain can also chip and break under some circumstances. If you use a porcelain crown with a metal structure, this can also leave a black mark near the gum line and this may be better reserved for back teeth issues.
- Resin – This can be one of the most affordable choices that are offered today. Resin is known to show wear over time and this can lead to breaking or cracking.
- Ceramic – This can be a great choice for anyone with a metal allergy. They can be matched the best to natural teeth without any discoloration near the gum line. This is a choice that can be placed in the front of the mouth. This type of crown can be less secure without the metal structure inclcuded.
Temporary and Permanent Crowns
A temporary crown is one that is ready in your dentists office. This will be installed in one appointment and will give some support until a more permanent option is ready. A permanent crown will have to be made specifically for your tooth. This will often take a couple of weeks or more until this crown is permanently installed. A permanent crown will have to be sent to a lab to be made.
How Is a Crown Installed in the Mouth?
You will likely need to make two trips to your dentist to complete this process. Your dentist will start by examining your tooth. This will show the dentist the extent of the decay. Your dentist may also want to X-ray your teeth. This can help your dentist to decide your best course of action for your crown. Sometimes a root canal is necessary before the crown can be installed.
When it is time to install the crown, the tooth and gum may be numbed. The tooth will need to be reshaped to allow this crown to fit properly. After the tooth is filed, your dentist will use a putty to make an impression of this tooth. This is how the permanent crown will be designed. The impression of your tooth will be sent out to a lab and this is where the permanent crown is made. In a couple of weeks this permanent crown is ready and you will make an appointment with your dentist for the final crown to be installed.
Taking Care of Your Crown
You should always avoid sticky foods including gum. Sticky foods can pull off your crown leaving your tooth exposed. You may also want to avoid chewing on this side of the mouth when the crown is first installed. Hard foods may also be something that you avoid so that you do not break this crown. Flossing is something you will need to be careful doing around this crown also.
Your crown can be very sensitive in the beginning, but you will eventually get used to this new crown in your mouth. If this crown becomes loose or breaks, you will want to call your dentist to find your best course of action.
Taking good care of your crown can help you to get many years of use out of this crown without any problems in the future.
Learn About Your Options
Contact top Colorado Springs dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, PC, by calling 719-260-8089 and set up an appointment to talk about a crown procedures and your dental health goals.