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Getting a crown is a very common dental procedure. Oftentimes, a crown or “cap” is the only way to save a decayed or damaged tooth. They can protect weak teeth from breaking, and can even replace discolored or oddly shaped teeth. Whenever a tooth can’t support a large filling, dental crowns are the best restoration option. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about crowns below.

When would I need a crown?

You might need a crown to preserve a cracked tooth, a tooth that has multiple fillings, or a tooth that was broken in an accident. You might also need a crown after a root canal procedure if the tooth has significant decay. If you need dental implants, crowns are the portion of the implant that you see above the gum line. Or, if you’re getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, you’ll need crowns on either side to hold the bridge in place.

What is the procedure for getting a crown?

Typically, getting a crown takes two appointments. At the first visit, we’ll remove the damaged or decayed portions of the tooth, and then take impressions or scans to create a custom crown. We’ll fit you with a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown comes back from the lab. Then, during your second visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place.

What are dental crowns made of?

dental crownsDental crowns can be made from many different types of materials. At The Cody Dental Group, we offer four types of permanent crowns. Here’s how they compare:

  • Metal Crowns
    Metals like gold, chromium, nickel and other alloys have about the same hardness as tooth enamel. Crowns made from metal can withstand tremendous pressure from chewing and biting. However, they are also very noticeable, so they’re typically only used on molars.
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns
    If you want to match the color of your natural teeth, ceramic or porcelain crowns are the best choice. Both of these materials are very durable, but they will wear down over time and may need to be replaced at some point. However, they look just like “real” teeth, so if you need a crown on one of your front teeth, no one will notice the difference.
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal
    This option combines the natural look of porcelain with the durability of metal. They last longer than regular ceramic or porcelain crowns because the metal makes them stronger.
  • Resin Crowns
    The most inexpensive option, resin crowns work best for people on a tight budget. However, they do tend to crack or wear out much more quickly than metal or porcelain crowns, and will most likely need to be replaced after several years.

Dental Crowns in Denver, Colorado

Here at Cody Dental Group in Denver, we have spent years perfecting our dental crown methods so we can help our patients restore their brilliant smiles once again. We offer the most modern dentistry in the greater Denver area and strive to keep invasive procedures to a minimum. Our convenient University Park office is located near the intersection of East Amherst Avenue and South Colorado Boulevard. Call us today to request an appointment, or schedule a visit online.