Ceramic Dental Crowns in Fort Collins, CO
Consider the amount of stress our teeth are subjected to during a routine day. Chewing, clenching, grinding – and biting into unexpected olive pits – all put significant stress on our teeth.
Occasionally, your teeth may end up with damage that cannot be repaired simply with a filling. In this case, Dr. Gray may recommend a dental crown to protect your tooth.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a restoration that completely covers the chewing surface of your tooth. Depending on the specific situation, a crown may extend all the way to the gumline or extend just part way down the tooth.
Dentistry is not just a science, but also an art. We appreciate that you want to feel and look your very best. Dr. Gray provides crowns that look and perform like natural teeth. The minimal-preparation technique used in our office helps to preserve your valuable tooth structure while repairing damage.
Additionally, we use a dental lab here in the United States to create your crowns. Our lab uses certified brand-name materials for a crown that looks great and lasts a long time.
Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns are versatile restorations and can be used in a variety of applications. Some of the most common reasons we might recommend a crown include:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Eroded teeth
- Teeth that have been weakened by root canal therapy
- Teeth that do not blend in well esthetically
- Teeth that have been weakened by very large fillings
How Does the Dental Crown Procedure Work?
Your comfort is important to us, and we take it seriously. That is why we expertly and gently numb your tooth before treatment.
Once the local anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Gray will carefully remove all traces of damage and decay from your tooth. This is an important step in your treatment to prevent secondary decay. Dr. Gray will take photographs and impressions for the technician who will be designing the crown so that it’s made correctly the first time.
Next, we will create a protective temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown arrives. Throughout the process, Dr. Gray will communicate with the lab to ensure the best color match and outcome.
Once we receive your permanent crown, Dr. Gray will bond it to your tooth, creating an airtight seal that keeps out food and bacteria. With the proper care, your crown should last for many years, protecting the tooth beneath it. You can feel confident that you received the best care because we treat every patient like a member of our own family.
If You Have a Damaged Tooth, Call for an Appointment
At the Fort Collins dental office of Dr. Richard Gray, our entire team is committed to providing exceptional dentistry at an affordable price. We consider your needs and put you first – every time. We look forward to welcoming you to our office and making dental care easier and more enjoyable than ever.