Paul Corcoran DDS in the Vail Valley Offers Dental Crowns

There are many reasons a patient might need to have a crown applied to their tooth. Crowns are used to improve the stability of a tooth and prevent ongoing damage from occurring. They are also used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is malformed, badly stained, or injured. Knowing what to expect from the process of getting a crown will allow individuals to be prepared.

There are four different types of materials that can be used to create dental crowns, including:

  • All porcelain
  • Porcelain fused over metal
  • Gold alloys
  • Base metal alloys

To prepare the tooth for the placement of the crown, the dentist will first shape the tooth. Shaping is an integral part of the process because it ensures most of the damaged areas have been removed so the tooth will be able to fit nicely inside the crown. When the shaping process has been conducted, the tooth will end up being rounded and shaped much like a peg.

Once the tooth has been shaped, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth and its surrounding teeth. This is important so the crown can be made to precisely fit in the area. If the dental crown is made from porcelain, the porcelain will be tinted to match the coloration of the patient’s tooth. It is important the colors match so the crown does not stand out from the rest of the teeth.

When the dental crown has been created, the dentist will put it in place without any adhesive so the patient’s bite can be checked. The dentist will need to make sure no adjustments need to be made to the crown or the tooth before the crown is permanently cemented in place. Once the crown has been cemented, it can last up to fifteen years with some lasting much longer.

If you believe you could benefit from dental crown placement, contact Paul Corcoran DDS in the Vail Valley. Ask the office to schedule you a consultation appointment so you can learn if you are a good candidate. With the placement of the crown, you can rest assured your tooth will be protected and your smile will look more attractive.