Dental Crowns


Dental crowns help a tooth that has been weakened by trauma or too many dental fillings. In this video, Dr. Krendl explains the candidacy requirements for a dental crown and how a crown functions. He also explains why it is sometimes a better option than a dental filling.

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So a dental crown is something that you place on a tooth when it's become weak for some reason, whether it be a person had a filling done and maybe another filling done on the same tooth. Well, by the time you do that a couple of times, the tooth becomes weak. So a crown just fits over the top, kind of like a cap might fit over your head and it protects that tooth. We use materials that are all white, all tooth colored, all porcelain. So a person will not know that it's even there after it's been there for a second. A person is a candidate for a crown if they have a cracked tooth, if they have a filling that has broken, if they have a part of the tooth that's broken. Any of these types of situations would be a person that's a candidate for a crown. So some people ask us, you know, "What do I do now that I've got a crown? What's different? Can I still brush that area? Can I still floss?" The answer is yes. You still floss normally. You brush normally. And taking care of a crown really should last you a long, long time. The average crown lasts well over 10 years. So a person may ask, "Well, Doc, why can't you just fill this tooth? You know, I had it filled before and it lasted me a while." And the answer is sometimes you can. The answer is sometimes you can. But we have to help the patient make the best decision and a lot of times, if a tooth has had work done on it multiple times, it needs a crown for that patient to have a really good long-term prognosis. If we were just refill a tooth too many times, the tooth becomes weak. And unfortunately, that can put that tooth at risk for fracturing and may need to be removed.

Dr. Steven Krendl

Colorado Dental Arts

Dr. Steven Krendl and the team at Colorado Dental Arts in Littleton, CO, offer comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • Fellow at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Graduate of The Misch International Implant Institute

To make dental treatment as accessible as possible, we offer late-night and weekend appointments. Schedule a visit by contacting us online or calling (303) 978-9572.

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