What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure includes:

Tooth Preparation
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to construct a strong base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

Creating a Good Impression
The dentist will use a putty-like substance to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not adversely affect the bite.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to guard the tooth and be sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Patient need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be created with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to elect a shade for the restoration. Most people don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to ascertain the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

The Lab Team Works Its Magic
The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to form the crown. Some dentists have the equipment needed to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the correct shade.

Your Crown Is Put In Place

When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed adjustment to realize a great fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

I’m Dr. Gordon West. My practice, Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, offers dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and prepless veneers.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Lafayette cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Boulder cosmetic dentistry patients:

An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with extreme decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

Boulder cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Lafayette cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Louisville patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

For information on Boulder dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today at 720-862-3630 or visit https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, CO
80026

 


Crown Or Veneer?

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I am Gordon West of Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette.  Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating dazzling smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are ordinarily a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on proficient professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.

The role of the Lafayette dental lab technician is equally important.  Highly skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the ability to meet the precise standards necessary for successful restorations.

Consider the myriad characteristics of a restoration: the precise shape, the exact size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth. This is a case of all or nothing – each variable must be right on the mark or it must be redone.

The team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry and the terrific staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients.

If you would like more helpful information about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to connect with us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and brilliant. Call 720-862-3630 today!

My name is Dr. Gordon West and I provide quality dental care in Lafayette. My practice, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
prepless veneers
dental crowns
gum disease treatment

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, CO
80026

 


Cost of a Dental Crown In Lafayette

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Preparing to pay for critical dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare
Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Lafayette, Colorado. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit by calling Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 720-862-3630 at your convenience. Our understanding staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Gordon West DDS has been here at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 in Lafayette since 1998. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. West works very hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for key staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, or prepless veneers. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is easy and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse. Review our website at https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/ and build that confidence. We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.


Cost of a Dental Crown In Lafayette

Lafayette affordable family dentist

Preparing to pay for critical dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare
Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Lafayette, Colorado. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit by calling Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 720-862-3630 at your convenience. Our understanding staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Gordon West DDS has been here at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 in Lafayette since 1998. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. West works very hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for key staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, or prepless veneers. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is easy and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse. Review our website at https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/ and build that confidence. We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.


3 Tooth Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

Fortify Your Root Canal Investment With A Boulder Dental Crown

Hello Colorado, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Boulder, Boulder County, and Lafayette, CO areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Boulder or Lafayette performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

Hi. I’m Dr. Gordon West of Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. I hope that today’s Boulder dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 720-862-3630.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we offer:

porcelain veneers
dental implants
prepless veneers
dental crowns

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
720-862-3630
https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/


Wear A Crown In Boulder County

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Some Boulder County residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your Boulder County area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in Boulder County cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many Boulder County area dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the Boulder County area, call us here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.  We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 720-862-3630 and our friendly staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening in Boulder County, porcelain veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.


What is ‘Crown Lengthening’?

gummy smile surgery Perfect smiles created at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry often require crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth. Some clients undergo crown lengthening surgery at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to alter their gummy smile.

A gummy smile refers to upper teeth that appear too short because excess bone and soft tissue covers part of the teeth. When a gummy smile is eliminated, our Lafayette and Boulder patients can’t believe how it changes their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth.

Sometimes, a client needs crown lengthening because of tooth fracture. When a tooth breaks at the gum line or a crown is fractured, crown lengthening makes tooth structure accessible for the necessary restoration.

Digital imaging is one of the technological tools that helps Boulder advanced cosmetic dental professionals perform crown lengthening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. When a Boulder cosmetic dentist has a highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure, he/she is able to achieve the precision necessary to design smiles to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you are seeking a dental smile makeover and live in the Boulder area, schedule a smile consultation by calling 720-862-3630. We are conveniently located at 1140 West S. Boulder Rd, Suite 201 in Lafayette. When you come in, we can show you photos of Colorado cosmetic dentistry clients who are enjoying their dazzling smile that was created by the skilled smile artists at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.


Ask A Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has really taken off lately, and many of our Lafayette, Colorado dentistry customers are asking us how cosmetic dentistry might work for them. When you ask a dentist about cosmetic dentistry, you’ll get good advice because your Lafayette dentist is here to help, experienced, and familiar with the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.
If you live in the Lafayette area and have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please give me a call. My name is Dr. Gordon West, I am a Lafayette dentist providing dental services in the Lafayette area. I can help you with your cosmetic dentistry questions.
I will be happy to review your dental history, answer your questions about cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, and help you determine if cosmetic dentistry can provide the results you want.
Along with an understanding of cosmetic dentistry, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry can help you with a host of Lafayette dental services related to cosmetic dentistry. We specialize in porcelain veneers, and perform dental implants, too. We can also help you with teeth whiteningprepless veneers, and dental crowns in addition to answering your questions about cosmetic dentistry.
I look forward to answering any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry. Our Lafayette office is located at 1140 West S. Boulder Rd, Suite 201 in Lafayette, Colorado. Give us a call or stop by and meet our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff.


Lafayette Endodontics

Lafayette EndodonticsHave you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Lafayette dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort. Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your dental professional.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our goal is to help our Longmont, Louisville, and Broomfield root canal patients avoid the necessity of  endodontic treatment by providing skilled dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our root canal patients, we provide the most advanced dental care.

How do you know if you need a root canal? See Dr. Gordon West immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is crucial to visit your local dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination.

Call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, at 720-862-3630 to schedule an appointment.

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