DENTAL CROWNS

Dental Crowns In Greenwood Village, CO

If you have an uneven smile or damaged teeth that make you feel self-conscious, dental crowns can restore your teeth and provide a beautiful and natural appearance.

What are Crowns?

Dental crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthesis that are used to replace or restore damaged teeth.

Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth to restore their shape, size, and strength, or to improve their appearance. They’re most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist.

Patients who get crowns to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth. Dr. Carolyn Kittell strives to make a natural-looking and natural-feeling crown custom to your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you.  Schedule an office consultation with Dr. Kittell and team to determine whether you could benefit from  a dental crown.

If you are a candidate for a dental crown,  your teeth will be shaped to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain crown, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. A dental laboratory will then use your impression to make your crown or bridge. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the crown to be made, so you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.

It is important that you take care of your temporary crown. Temporary dental crowns are typically made of a type of acrylic during the time of your appointment. The temporary will have a natural look and feel and will be cemented with a temporary cement. This way, Dr. Kittell can remove the temporary crown at your next visit to place the permanent dental crown. Because this cement is not extremely strong, it is important to be cautious when eating sticky or crunch foods. It is also important to follow close instructions for cleaning the crown, which will be reviewed at your visit.

Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with over the counter medications and should subside within a few days.

What are Dr. Kittell’s thoughts on  crowns at Smile Essentials?

Dental crowns are indicated when:

  • a tooth shows a crack that passes through the dentin (inner part) inside the tooth
  • when there is inadequate amounts of tooth structure from a broken tooth, large filling, or large cavity
  • after root canal therapy
  • replacement of previous failing crown
  • single tooth dental implants
  • esthetics

In many of the scenarios mentioned above, a dental crown can be a great option to “save” a tooth from a root canal or extraction. Dental crowns do require tooth structure removal in order to “fit” the porcelain shell over the prepared tooth. The porcelain needs to have a specific thickness for strength. I work closely with my dental laboratory technician, Brian Burd, who is located conveniently across the hall from our office. Brian and I work hand in hand custom make each dental crown for our patients. This ensures an accurate fit and a natural look and feel. Having a close working relationship with my dental lab technician is allows me to provide care that is unsurpassed.

-Carolyn Kittell DDS

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