Poudre Valley Family Dental
A Great Dentist
  • “So glad that my husband and I have Dr. Gray and his staff for our dental care. We have been under Dr. Gray's care for minor and not-so-minor procedures for the past 2 years and have been very happy with the excellent, up-to-date dentistry and compassionate care. Dr. Gray's friendly and efficient office staff and dental assistants contribute to our confidence in what has been outstanding dental care.” - A

  • “Wonderful office and great experience! Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable and explained everything! Exactly what I was Looking for in a dentist!!” - A

  • “Always a pleasure to visit Dr. Gray's office. Cleanings are thorough and comfortable and the staff is friendly and professional. Desired appointments are easy to obtain and kept on time.” - D

  • “Poudre Valley Family Dental Rocks. They are always personable and friendly. The staff all call me by name when I walk in the door and they ask me about my family and work. I never feel rushed out the door, and yet they are always prompt and timely. It's like visiting with friends every 6 months. I highly recommend making these guys your dental team!” - E

I have been told I need a crown. Can I just wait until the tooth breaks before having the crown done?

Sometimes teeth break in a way that allows us to repair them, and sometimes they break in a way that is impossible for us to repair. If you experience a catastrophic fracture, the tooth has to be extracted. In some cases, a fracture can expose the pulp chamber of the tooth, which means the tooth will need root canal treatment in addition to the crown.

What Happens When a Tooth Breaks

Even if the tooth breaks in a way that Dr. Gray can repair, you never know when a tooth will break or how much it will hurt when it does. You may be on vacation, or enjoying a weekend in the mountains, or it may happen on your birthday! Even in the best of circumstances, when a tooth breaks you have to modify your plans and make time to get to the dentist to have it examined and (we hope) repaired. If you have the crown placed before the tooth breaks, YOU decide when your appointments will be and maintain control over the situation, instead of dealing with an emergency.

A crown is typically the most-conservative and least-expensive treatment for a tooth with high risk of fracture.

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