Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, have large existing restorations or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns or “caps” are cemented onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth from the gum line to the biting surface. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold alloy, or both. Porcelain crowns are often preferred because they mimic the translucency and aesthetics of natural teeth.
Crowns are often cosmetically preferable to silver amalgam restorations. Unlike fillings which apply metal directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a laboratory from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
To discuss crowns with your Denver dentist at Cody Dental Group