Dental crowns are popular for many patients in the Lakewood area. They are caps that Dr. Levitin puts over a tooth in order to restore its normal shape, size, and function. A dental crown may be just what you need to strengthen your tooth or improve its appearance.
There are a number of reasons Dr. Levitin may recommend a dental crown to you. This restorative treatment may be a good option if you have a cavity that’s too large for a filling, your tooth is worn, cracked, or weakened, you’ve undergone root canal treatment, or you wish to cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth that makes you feel self-conscious.
At other dental offices in the area, the process of placing a dental crown typically takes about two weeks. However, at Mile High Smiles, we are able to shorten this process by using an iTero scanner. Believe it or not, iTero scanners have been used in more than 1.2 million crowns, bridges, and other restorative treatments.
We use iTero to digitally scan your tooth rather instead of taking impressions. Due to this, we are able to provide you with your crown in about a week. This is great news if you lead a busy life and are wondering how you can fit a dental crown treatment into your schedule.
Once you receive your dental crowns you’ll be responsible for caring for it. You’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also a good idea to refrain from chewing hard foods or hard objects such as pencils. Additionally, you’ll need to visit our office for regular dental checkups. Our Raleigh Family Dentist friends, Wells Family Dental, have stated that requests for crowns has increased in the last several years. We have noticed the same thing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials. However, they are usually comprised of porcelain, ceramic, glass, or gold allo.
Will a dental crown be noticeable?
We will ensure that your dental crown matches your teeth as much as possible. Nobody will know you have one (unless you tell them of course!)
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns are long-lasting. Believe it or not, they can last anywhere from five to 15 years. The types of foods you eat, the way you take care of your teeth, and habits like biting your nails or grinding your teeth will all play a role in their longevity.
Do dental crowns require special care?
Nope! Once you receive a dental crown, you’ll brush and floss like it’s a natural tooth. There is no special care required.
What are some reasons I would need a crown?
There are a number of reasons a dentist may recommend a crown. You may benefit from a crown if your tooth has been weakened due to a large filling, you have a discolored filling and would like to improve the appearance of your tooth, or you had a root canal and need a crown to protect it. A crown may also be necessary if you had an accident that led to damage or you need to hold a denture or bridge in place.
Is a bridge the same thing as a crown?
The terms bridge and crown get used interchangeably despite the fact that they are different. Although a bridge is a lot like a crown, there is one key difference. A crown replaces a single tooth while a bridge serves as a prosthetic that will act like three or more teeth to replace one or or more missing teeth.
Schedule an Appointment at Mile High Smiles
If you’re wondering whether dental crowns are right for you, we encourage you to call our office at (720) 239-1916 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levitin.