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By Hearthside Dentistry
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Here at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, your dentist Dr. Christina McMillon regularly uses crowns to save teeth from further damage and restore their function.

Understanding Dental Crowns

Crowns are fixed dental restorations that are designed for restoring damaged teeth to their original size and shape. They are permanently affixed to cracked, severely decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. While they can sometimes extend to the tooth’s root surface, essentially, they replace the crown’s outer aspect.

Once attached, a dental crown fully covers the tooth’s damaged portion sitting above your gum line. It’s likewise custom made to perfectly fit over your tooth and manufactured from various materials like ceramic, metals, or composite resin. Ceramic crowns are among the most popular materials used for crowns since they look the most realistic.

How a Dental Crown is Used

Your dentist in Thornton, CO, utilizes crowns for addressing various types of dental issues. For example, for safeguarding weak teeth, supporting teeth with huge dental fillings, preventing cracked teeth from further breakage, and restoring broken teeth.

They likewise restore a tooth’s alignment, shape, and appearance. Once dental crowns are placed, they’re typically the only visible portions of the restored teeth. Also, they could be used for holding bridges in place to replace or support a structure that can no longer function on its own.

A dental crown is also capable of restoring a damaged tooth’s functionality and strength. With a crown in place, you will be able to chew again and not worry about what will happen to your tooth. Basically, it protects the tooth’s vulnerable portion by holding it physically together and sheltering it from further damage.

Interested in Dental Crowns? Reach Out to Us
Schedule a meeting with your dentist here at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, Dr. Christina McMillon, by dialing (303) 280-2285.

Find out when a dental crown may be needed to improve the health of your smile.

Even though teeth are amazingly resilient even teeth can fall victim to injury and damage caused by cavities, trauma and accidents. When a tooth is damaged it’s important that you turn to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon as soon as possible for immediate care. A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration and it is used to preserve the tooth’s natural structure.

A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and encapsulates it. The crown will then be cemented into place over the tooth where it will cover it all the way to the gum line. Think of a crown as armor for your damaged tooth, providing it with protection and stronger defenses. Our Thornton, CO, family dentist may recommend getting a dental crown in these circumstances,

Strengthen a weak tooth

There are many things that can weaken your tooth, from a sports-related injury and a traumatic blow to the face to severe decay. If a tooth is weak the best option will be to place a crown over the tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy structure to prevent further problems.

Replace a large filling

If one of your teeth has had severe decay in the past you may now have a large filling; however, over time, a large filling may no longer be able to properly support the tooth’s structure. To prevent fracturing from happening to the tooth a dental crown can be used in place of the old filling to provide the tooth with more stability.

Improve the appearance of a tooth

While a dental crown is most often used to restore a weak or damaged tooth we can’t ignore the cosmetic benefits that it can offer patients, too. A crown is customized to fit your appearance and needs; therefore, if you have a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored we can place a crown over the tooth to hide discolorations and improve its overall size and shape.

Support a dental bridge

Are you getting a dental bridge to fill gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss? If so, dental crowns will be instrumental in this process. A dental bridge has crowns on both sides with a false tooth in between. The crowns are then placed over natural teeth to anchor the bridge into place and to fill gaps.

There are many instances in which your smile could benefit from the restorative and cosmetic benefits of a dental crown. If you have questions about dental crowns then call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today at (303) 280-2285.

Want to know more about different tooth restorations from your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina O. McMillon?

The health and appearance of your smile is important for both proper dental functionality and your overall self-esteem—dental restorations,smile such as crowns, bridges, and implants can help you achieve both of these things. Read on to learn if you could benefit from a tooth restoration:


Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are porcelain caps that cover teeth. The reason you may need a crown is to protect damaged teeth or hide those that have been marred by cosmetic flaws. Crowns provide a much needed protective layer, similar to enamel, to ensure teeth stay healthy and look attractive.



Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that are needed when someone is suffering from tooth loss. Additionally, these custom-made restorations blend seamlessly into your smile and restore its biting and chewing functionality.



Although still reinforcing to a degree, these dental restorations aren't so much for strength, but rather for aesthetics. If you have severe stains, minor cracks/chips, and/or small gaps, then veneers will hide these issues by being bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, thus giving you reason to smile confidently.



For those suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are the longest-lasting and highest functioning restorations available today. With the ability to replace missing tooth roots, implants not only improve your smile aesthetics but also prevent jawbone deterioration and collapse.


Other Tooth Restorations

Other restorative procedures Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton provides includes:

  • Dentures
  • Fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Teeth whitening


Need to boost your smile's look and health? Give us a call

If you would like to learn more about dental restorations, contact Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today by dialing (303) 280-2285. Make oral health a priority by setting up an appointment with Dr. McMillon!

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