Restoring teeth with dental crowns

One of our primary goals is helping our patients keep their natural teeth healthy for life. Minor decay and damage can generally be repaired with minimalistic treatments such as bonding or fillings. However, weak, broken, or severely decayed teeth need something sturdier to restore and protect them. That is where dental crowns come in.

What is a dental crown?

 A crown is essentially a prosthetic tooth, which is hollow in the center. It fits over a natural tooth like a cap, covering all exposed surfaces with a thick layer of dental material. Crowns may be made of metal, resin, porcelain ceramic, or a combination of materials. The most popular choice is porcelain because it is naturally white and has a sheen that mimics tooth enamel. Porcelain crowns are colored to match your other teeth, so the result looks natural and beautiful.

Benefits of dental crowns

There are several reasons your dentist might recommend a crown. These include:

  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Repair a cracked or broken tooth
  • Restore a tooth that is severely decayed
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Improve the shape of a tooth
  • Restore a tooth after root canal treatment

About the procedure

The process for a dental crown involves a few steps, usually requiring two office visits. First is preparing the tooth. This includes removing any decayed or damaged material and then shaping the tooth for optimal retention. Once that is complete, we will take impressions, which are used to create your new crown. In most cases, we place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth to protect it while the laboratory makes your new restoration.

When your new porcelain crown is ready, you will return to our office to complete the procedure. The temporary restoration is removed, and the tooth is cleaned. Your dentist will then check the fit and appearance of your new crown to ensure that it is perfect. Lastly, the crown is attached to the tooth using strong dental cement. Once this is done, your tooth will look natural and be fully functional.

Get started today

Dental problems are progressive. The longer you wait for treatment, the worse the problem becomes. If you have a damaged tooth, do not delay. Call Kentwood Family Dental Care at (616) 612-1176 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle.