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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

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At Norco Family Dental, we understand how important your questions are. Not only do we want to hear them, we encourage them! When you as a patient feel comfortable asking what's on your mind, everyone benefits. You feel better when you understand the treatment we are completing, and we are able to provide you the best care.

While each patient has individual questions and concerns, there are many common ones that can be pertinent to most. If you can’t find answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us at (970) 356-5277 so that we can help!

Crowns & Bridges

woman with tooth pain holding jaw near greeley co dentistGenerally, when your teeth begin to feel sensitive when they previously weren’t, it’s an indication that it might be time to have a quick check-up with Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington at our Greeley dental office.

Healthy teeth should not typically be sensitive. But certain sensations can help us determine potential problems based solely on what we feel.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

Sensitivity to sweets can indicate a cavity might be forming or have already formed and a simple dental filling in Greeley will fix the problem.

Sensitivity or pain to cold usually indicates a cavity is growing and getting close to the nerve. If your pain lasts for a few seconds and then disappears, it’s often something that can be fixed with a dental filling. Pain that lasts more than 5 to 15 seconds (often minutes or hours) usually indicates the need for a root canal and possibly a dental crown.

Pain to pressure can come from a wide range of problems. Intense pain to pressure usually indicates an infected tooth and will require further treatment from our emergency dentists. 

Call Our Greeley Dentist Office to Schedule an Exam

If you have questions about whether a tooth might have something wrong, it’s always best to come in and have a short exam. Often a quick x-ray and exam at Norco Family Dental will tell you everything you need to know! Contact our Greeley, CO dentist office at (970) 356-5277 to speak with a member of our team!

Dentists often turn to crowns for teeth that have damage of some kind: cracks, chips, fractures, or even severe discoloration. Artificial tooth caps are excellent replacements for real, broken teeth crowns that need a little bolstering or protection. 

Procedure for Crowns at Norco Family Dental

Man looking into mirror at dentist in Greeley COUnless a dental crown is a same-day crown, the process will require two separate appointments to design and place. The first dental visit at Norco Family Dental is primarily for taking dental impressions and preparing the tooth to receive the tooth. 

The second dental appointment is where the dentist will actually place the crown and permanently attach it to the existing tooth structure. This entire appointment usually takes about 30 minutes, with the crown placement only taking a few minutes at most. Placing a crown on a tooth is usually the final step in the restoration process, and it hardly takes any time at all!

When you need one or more dental crowns in Greeley, CO, your dentist will cement the artificial cap to your natural tooth using special dental bonding material. Once your crown is intact, you’re free to leave our dental office and carry on with your day!

The area may feel sensitive for several days after your visit, so we always recommend sticking to liquids and soft foods and avoiding any food that is hard, chewy, or sticky until your mouth feels more comfortable. 

Contact Our Greeley Dentist Office Today!

If you would like to learn more about the dental crown procedure, or are ready to schedule your consultation with our dentist in Greeley, call Norco Family Dental at (970) 356-5277!

The answer to this question depends on several factors, as there is no one best material. It just depends on the situation and the wants and needs of the patient.

Types of Dental Crown Materials

We have a variety of materials that are typically available to patients who need dental crowns in Greeley, CO. Several factors that influence decision-making are durability, appearance, and affordability.


A commonly used material that is both durable and mimics the appearance of the natural color of teeth. Porcelain is strong and stain-resistant.


The hardest option available, zirconia, comes in a few different types. ZMAX is an ultra-durable zirconia crown that doesn't quite color match natural teeth. Dentists and patients typically choose this zirconia for molars and back teeth that need strength.

EMAX is another highly durable zirconia crown that color matches natural teeth, making it more desirable than ZMAX zirconia for teeth that show in the patient's smile.


Though gold has been used as a material for crowns and fillings for ages, many modern people dislike gold fillings and crowns because of their cost and color. Most often, patients don't want a gold crown showing up in their smile. Typically a gold crown will go on a tooth in the back of the mouth.

Contact Norco Family Dental for Crowns in Greeley

To know what crown material will work best for you, it's best to speak directly with our Greeley dentists. Using the information they collect from a thorough examination, our dentists can help inform you and help you make the choice that is right for your wants and needs.

Give Norco Family Dental a call today at (970) 356-5277 to schedule a consultation regarding tooth crowns

If your crown turns yellow, please call us so we can determine the cause and provide the proper treatment. The treatment our dentists recommend will depend on the cause of the issue, if the natural tooth structure is compromised, and more.

How We Treat Yellow Crowns 

A Simple Dental Cleaning

Some crowns are more susceptible to staining than others. A simple dental cleaning may do the trick if your crown looks lackluster or yellow in hue. Over time, surface stains––especially from tobacco and acidic foods like tomatoes or alcohol––can build and require more than regular brushing and flossing. Though these stains can’t penetrate the crown, your dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth and crown to restore their pearly shine. 

Crown Replacement 

A damaged crown can endanger the underlying tooth’s structure and health. Damaged crowns can also appear yellow if the glaze or surface of the crown deteriorates. If you have a damaged or discolored crown, our dentists will be happy to replace the crown with a new one. Before securing the new crown, we will clean the underlying tooth to prevent damage and decay. 

Why Crowns Can Sometimes Turn Yellow 

Non-ceramic dental crowns may turn yellow for many reasons, including damage to the crown’s surface or glaze and damage when adjusting to the new crown. A dental crown may also appear discolored if you recently received a whitening treatment, as crowns cannot be whitened and look mismatched in color compared to natural teeth.  

Yellowed Crowns Got You Down?

Our dental crowns in Greeley, CO, are of the highest quality and can give you a bright smile for years. If you have a discolored or damaged dental crown, please contact us immediately so we can repair your smile. 

Call us today to schedule your appointment at Norco Family Dental! 

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