Dental Crowns

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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over top of a tooth in order to restore the tooth back to its original shape and size. A dental crown will also improve the strength and the appearance of the tooth. When it’s finally cemented into place, the crown will fully encase the entire visible portion of the tooth, ending at the gum line.

Reasons You May Need A Dental Crown:

  • In order to protect a weakened or cracked tooth from breaking altogether
  • To hide a broken, discolored, or misshapen tooth
  • To support a dental bridge
  • To protect a tooth that has been worn down or chipped

What To Expect During The Procedure

Dr. Renee Shepherd will confirm that you need a crown by doing a thorough exam and taking X-Rays. If your tooth is infected or decayed, you will need to receive a root canal before a crown can be placed over your tooth.

Once it has been confirmed that you need a dental crown, the procedure will be twofold. During our first appointment, the tooth receiving the crown and all of its surrounding tissue will be numbed so that you don’t feel any pain. Once this has been done, the tooth will be filed down on the sides and the top in order for the dental crown to fit over top. Next, an impression will be taken of the tooth so the dental lab can create your permanent crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to keep it protected until the permanent one is ready.

At your second appointment, usually only two to three weeks later, the temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Shepherd will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown fits comfortably and correctly. Once the fit is just right, the permanent dental crown will be cemented into place.

If you’d like to talk more about dental crowns, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Longmont Dental & Orthodontics at our office in Longmont, CO.