What Dental Crowns Can Do for Your Smile

Dental crowns are very commonly used. In part that’s because they are very versatile restorations and can do many things for your smile. We can use a dental crown to improve a tooth that is:

  • Cracked
  • Badly decayed
  • Badly discolored
  • Sensitive
  • Infected
  • Filled with failing fillings
  • Chipped
  • Worn
  • Misaligned
  • We can even use a dental crown to help replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns can support dental bridges or top dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is also called a cap, and that’s what it’s like: a cap that goes over a tooth to give it an entirely new surface. A crown should cover the entire visible surface of the tooth, giving it a protective and functional exterior. With new advanced materials, this new surface can even be as beautiful as your natural, unrestored teeth.

The Dental Crown Procedure

If you have a tooth you think might benefit from a dental crown, the doctor will examine it to determine if a dental crown is necessary or recommended. Sometimes you can achieve your goals with a less invasive procedure like a filling, porcelain veneer, or other option. Other times, you might need additional procedures like root canal therapy to achieve the results you want.

Once we decide a crown is right for your tooth, we will schedule an appointment where we will prepare your tooth to receive the dental crown. We will take digital impressions to send to the lab. We are committed to using American laboratories, some of which hold prestigious awards in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

When your final crown is ready, we will preview the crown with you to make sure it is the correct color match and fit. It will then be permanently cemented and will feel just like your natural tooth. The functionality will be restored and you will be able to chew, eat and speak normally.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

In the right situations, dental crowns can save problematic teeth and make your smile both more beautiful and more functional again. A dental crown will:

  • Support damaged teeth
  • Protect vulnerable teeth
  • Give an attractive appearance to teeth
  • Reduce or eliminate sensitivity
  • Have longevity

One problem with dental fillings is that they can make a tooth weaker. The larger the filling, the more the tooth can lose strength. But a dental crown restores much of this lost strength. It can hold a tooth together, despite physical damage.

A dental crown also provides a protective coating to damaged teeth. It covers the entire tooth above the gumline. Dental crowns insulate a tooth and seal it from liquids that might seep in and cause sensitivity. Whether your teeth were sensitive to pressure, temperature, or sweets, a dental crown can help. Best of all, dental crowns can last a long time. When properly placed, a quality dental crown will last a decade or more.

Considering a Dental Crown?

If you have a tooth that may need a crown, we are happy to schedule you for an appointment. Please call (586) 977-8413 today for an appointment at Skowronski Family Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI.