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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns and conservative alternatives are available in Louisville, CO

Crowns have been part of dentistry since its earliest origins. This historical treatment was the basis for many of the restorative and cosmetic procedures used today. While dental crown materials and methods continue to develop, advances in dynamic adhesive bonding techniques have paved the way for a new, more conservative type of restoration to evolve alongside. Dr. Tracey Hughes offers both at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO.

What are dental crowns?

Full coverage porcelain crown
(Full coverage porcelain crown)

Crowns are hollow dental caps, made of strong restorative material. To prepare for a crown, the tooth is ground down, shaping it so the cap fits snugly on top. The crown is then cemented in place.

Crowns can be made of gold, other metals, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). However, contemporary dental materials such as zirconia are extremely strong, and most people prefer the natural look of an all ceramic crown.

A crown can be used to repair or improve the appearance of a single tooth. Crowns are also an integral part of a dental bridge to replace missing teeth.

How are porcelain restorations different?

With Dr. Hughes’ broad training and experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dental crowns are becoming an outdated treatment. She is one of only a few dentists in the region with training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Hughes applies this rich background to offer a more conservative type of custom designed porcelain restoration. With a commitment to preserving healthy tooth structure, she rarely needs resort to a full crown.

Dr. Hughes can generally achieve the same results by removing only damaged tooth structure and replacing just what is missing. Her custom designed porcelain restoration involves less drilling and as a result, reduced trauma to the tooth. Yet the restoration is strong and durable, and the restored tooth blends beautifully into the smile.

More conservative custom designed porcelain restorations conserve healthy tooth structure.
(More conservative custom designed porcelain restorations conserve healthy tooth structure.)

When is a porcelain restoration needed?

A custom designed porcelain restoration may be recommended:

  • To repair a large cavity
  • As esthetic dentistry, to replace old fillings made of silver-colored amalgam or stained composite resin
  • For functional replacement of old fillings that have failed over time
  • As a cracked tooth solution or to repair chips in enamel
  • To repair broken cusps
  • Anytime restoration has high esthetic requirements, and need for improved dental strength and longevity

Which type of restoration is right for you?

Porcelain restorations or dental crowns? In Louisville, CO you have the choice. During your appointment, Dr. Hughes evaluates the condition of teeth and determines the best solution for your smile. Her goal is to address your dental concerns as conservatively and effectively as possible.Explore your options for dental crowns and porcelain restorations. Dr. Hughes works with patients from Boulder to Broomfield, Lafayette, and Louisville, CO. Call [phone] to schedule an appointment.