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By Western Slope Dental Center
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns, also called caps, are full-tooth coverings that give your smile more strength and security. They’re commonly made of porcelain, dental crownsceramic material or porcelain fused to metal and can be installed relatively quickly—in about two dentist visits. If you have a tooth that needs repair or restoration, explore the other benefits of getting dental crowns at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.

Why Dental Crowns?
Crowns are useful dental devices that are custom-designed to fit your smile. There are a few reasons why your dentist may recommend dental crowns as a part of your treatment plan:

  • You have a tooth that looks dark or discolored and can’t be whitened using bleaching agents
  • You need a root canal, so a crown must be made to cover the tooth after it has been treated
  • You have a tooth that’s chipped, broken or has unattractive ridges in the surface
  • One tooth is out of place (protruding or misaligned)—a crown can correct its position

Benefits of Crowns
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 15 million Americans have at least one crown—there’s a good chance that someone you know has one. Consider these benefits of adding dental crowns to your smile:

  • Whiter, brighter looking teeth
  • The crown is designed to very closely resemble the outer surface of a natural tooth, including its shape, size and color
  • Strong, durable protection for the root of your tooth
  • 10-15 years or more before you need to get another crown

How Long to Get a Crown?
You should expect to visit your Grand Junction dentist at least twice to get a crown installed—the appointments are a few weeks apart. At the first appointment, your dentist will make adjustments to the affected tooth so that a crown can fit over it, then take impressions. At the next appointment, your custom crown will be applied with dental cement and contoured to fit in with your smile.

Time to Get "Crowned"
There’s no time like the present to talk to a dentist at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO about how crowns can help your smile. Call (970) 241-3483 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin or Dr. Funderbunk.

By Western Slope Dental Center
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth can greatly affect your mouth’s bite and make chewing or eating more difficult. Additionally, leaving a damaged tooth dental crownsuntreated makes it susceptible to further damage in the future. Luckily, repairing your tooth is easy with dental crowns. Learn more about these important dental restorations with Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.

How does a dental crown help my tooth? 
Dental crowns can take a damaged tooth and make it whole again and able to withstand everyday use. Dental crowns are a tooth-colored dental restoration which fits over a tooth to protect and strengthen it. Thanks to its materials and customization, a dental crown fits right into your smile. A dental crown is created in a dental laboratory based on an impression of the mouth and teeth to ensure the most natural look.

What can dental crowns repair? 
Dentists use dental crowns for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common uses of dental crowns include:

  • strengthening a damaged or broken tooth
  • stabilizing a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal
  • changing the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • holding a dental bridge in place permanently
  • restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth

Dental Crowns in Grand Junction, CO
Dental crowns require that your dentist prepares your tooth to receive the restoration. This includes removing parts of the tooth’s enamel and shaping it into a certain form which fits snugly inside the dental crown. After preparing the tooth, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to use in the design of the crown. A dental laboratory creates the crown over the course of several weeks, after which your crown returns to your dentist’s office. At a second dental visit, your dentist will permanently affix the completed crown onto your prepared tooth, completing the procedure.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. Call 970-241-3483 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Western Slope Dental Center
April 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

What you need to know about dental crowns

Your teeth are strong, but sometimes they are not strong enough. The stresses and wear-and-tear from everyday life can take a toll on dental crownsyour teeth. Your teeth can break or fracture from biting down on hard foods. They can become weaker from decay or from large metal fillings. There is hope for your teeth; you can protect them with dental crowns. Your dentists at Western Slope Dental Care in Grand Junction, Colorado want you to know the many ways crowns can help your smile.

Dental crowns provide a protective “armor” around the visible part of your teeth, protecting them from the shearing forces of biting and chewing. Crowns encapsulate your teeth, literally holding them together. Large metal fillings can weaken your teeth by structurally dividing them in half. This means when you bite down, there is a chance your filling will break and when it does, it may take a piece of precious tooth structure with it.

If your tooth is badly damaged, your dentists at Western Slope Dental Care may do a “build-up” first. This procedure involves metal posts inserted into your tooth, around which your dentists will build a supportive metal framework. A build-up further protects and strengthens your tooth by providing a rock solid foundation, just like the foundation on a house.

Your dentists at Western Slope Dental want you to know there are several materials to choose from for your new crown. Your choice depends on personal preference, budget, and location in your mouth. You can choose from:

  • A full gold crown, which is the strongest crown, and usually placed on back teeth
  • A porcelain fused-to-metal crown, which has strength and cosmetic beauty; these are suitable for any area of your mouth
  • A full porcelain crown, which is the most natural looking crown; these beautiful crowns are the top of the line and are a great choice for teeth that are visible when you smile, especially front teeth

Dental crowns can protect your teeth, and add beauty to your smile. You deserve to have strong teeth and a dazzling smile, so it’s time to consider dental crowns. It’s time to call your dentists at Western Slope Dental Care in Grand Junction, Colorado and find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you. Call today and explore the magic of dental crowns!