This three-part article series explains the various cosmetic treatments and procedures available for teeth that have become damaged, worn, chipped and/or discolored. In our previous two article posts, we explained how the dentist in Pueblo can make use of a teeth whitening treatment or porcelain veneers to markedly improve upon the appearance of oneâ€™s smile. But while these technologies can provide fantastic solutions to teeth that have become discolored or sustained light damage, cracks and chipping, what restorative options do patients with severely damaged or worn teeth have? In cases where the crowns of the teeth have become moderately to severely damaged or worn down over the years, the dentist in Pueblo may recommend dental crowns. In this article post, the final installment of a three-part series on cosmetic treatments for damaged teeth, we shall describe what dental crowns are and how they can subtract decades from the age of your smile! Ask the Cosmetic Dentist in Pueblo: What are Dental Crowns? Dental crowns are ceramic restorations that are used to repair teeth that have sustained severe damage as a result of accidental trauma or decay. As long as the root of the tooth remains healthy, the cosmetic dentist in Pueblo can remove the portion of the tooth structure that has been affected and use a custom fabricated dental crown or cap as a means of replacement. This not only aesthetically restores the appearance of the affected tooth â€“ the ceramic material used is virtually indistinguishable from natural dental
enamel – but it also restores functionality to the tooth as a tool for chewing, grinding and incising. Furthermore, says the dentist in Pueblo, dental crowns serve to protect the softer underlying dentine and vulnerable pulp chamber (where the delicate collection of nerves and blood vessels are housed) from acid erosion and bacteria. In other words, dental crowns can mean the difference between a tooth lost to decay and a tooth saved! The Procedure for the Placement of Dental Crowns The dentist in Pueblo will first and foremost survey the damage done to the tooth or teeth and subsequently, provide a recommendation for restoration. If dental crowns are the best option for the restoration of smile aesthetics and dental functionality, then a mold will be taken of your mouth so that the cosmetic dentist in Pueblo can construct a crown that will fit neatly into dental arch above or below it, thus enabling a comfortable and healthy bite. The damaged or decayed tooth will be prepared through the removal of the affected portion of the tooth structure. The dentist in Pueblo will then file down the natural crown so that it may support the ceramic restoration. A temporary crown will be placed while your permanent one is fabricated, so that you don’t have to leave the dentist’s office with a noticeable gap in your smile! You will need to return for the placement of your permanent crown; a painless and quick procedure. A Final Note on the Cosmetic Dentist in Pueblo While the cosmetic dentist in Pueblo – Dr. Morgan and Dr. Rogers - pays special attention to the appearance of the smile, it is the priority of these skilled and experienced professionals to preserve the health of the teeth and gums. If the root of your poor smile aesthetics lies in bacterial decay or infection, they will first seek to resolve any and all of your oral problems before recommending cosmetic treatment.