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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is like a cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the tooth’s shape, function, or the aesthetics of the smile.

Why Dental Crowns Are Used

There are few reasons why Dr. Nora Balota may suggest a dental crown. These reasons include:

  • Improving the aesthetics of your smile
  • Protecting a cracked or weakened tooth from breaking
  • To cover misshapen or discolored teeth
  • To support a dental bridge 
  • To restore a tooth that has either broken or been worn down

What To Expect During Your Dental Crown Procedure

No matter why you’re receiving your dental crown, the procedure will often take two visits to prepare the tooth and finish the procedure. During the first visit to Balota Family Dentistry, your tooth will be X-rayed and thoroughly examined in order to detect any potential problems with the procedure. If the tooth is infected, it may need root canal therapy before a crown can be placed.

Next, the tooth and the soft tissue surrounding the tooth will be anesthetized so you won’t feel any pain. The tooth will then be filed down on the sides and the chewing surface to make room for the thickness of the dental crown. Once this is done, a mold will be taken of your tooth in order for a dental lab to create a custom dental crown. Lastly, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown while we wait for the permanent one to be created.

At your second and final appointment, usually two to three weeks later, the temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Balota will place the permanent crown into your mouth. She will thoroughly check the fit of the crown to make sure it’s comfortable and then the crown will be cemented into place.

If you’re in need of a dental crown, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry, here in Colorado Springs, CO. We serve the communities of Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Springs, West Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and surrounding areas. Find a dentist near me - Colorado Springs, CO