Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Colorado Springs
Dental crowns, popularly known as “caps”, are needed to preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. A crown may be needed for multiple reasons:
- the tooth is chipped, cracked or broken
- the tooth has a large cavity
- the tooth has excessive decay
- the tooth is weakened by root canal therapy
- the tooth has an existing failing crown
- to improve esthetics
Dental crowns can be made of several different materials and the choice is made based on esthetic requirements, strength needed, material durability and space availability. The most common restorative materials for dental crowns are: Porcelain fused to metal – a metal base covered with porcelain Gold All ceramic (BruxZir Solid Zirconia) The all ceramic crowns have a very natural look. Because they do not use a metal substrate they can be made very thin, allowing for better light transmission.
Beth came to our office unhappy with her smile. She had a premolar which turned dark due to the dead nerve. The tooth was covered with an gold onlay which had recurrent decay. Dr. Roxy placed an all-ceramic (Zirconia) crown on the tooth to improve the esthetics and the function. The results changed her entire appearance and Beth was thrilled with her new smile.