What are Dental Crowns?

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Have you ever had a friend or family member complain about their crowns being loose? Well, you know they’re not royalty, so they have to be talking about something else, right?

Kidding aside, they’re likely talking about the sturdiness of their dental crowns. But what is a dental crown? And when would you ever need to use them? These are two questions we hear a lot, even though crowns are a fairly common part of the dental world.

So let’s take a moment to answer those questions.

What are they?
Dental crowns are exactly what they sound like – a crown for your teeth. They’re usually made from some kind of plastic or ceramic material, and they’re used to help restore a tooth to its former usability. Dr. Roger Druckman at Roger Druckman, DDS PC in Denver, Colorado can help recommend whether you need a crown or different type of solution.

Why would I need one?
You need a crown when some sort of damage has happened to your teeth – usually the biting surface of a molar – that makes the tooth less effective and stable than it previously was. A crown is used to create a new, sturdy biting surface that’s safe to use for year.

How do they work?
Crowns are sized to fit your teeth, then the affected teeth are prepared to get a crown. Usually, they have to be ground down a bit to fit the new crown. This is called forming an abutment. Then, once everything fits right, the crown is glued onto the abutment. You’re left with something that looks, functions, and feels like a brand-new tooth.

If you’re ready for crowns in your life, or simply want to know more, call us today at 303-691-2860 to see how we can help. We’re excited to help you on your cosmetic dentistry journey.