A dental crown is a permanent cover that fits over a natural tooth to fix damage or hide a structural flaw. Crowns are made of strong, durable materials like porcelain or gold, which makes them stain-resistant and stronger than natural tooth enamel.
Why choose a crown?
There are many good reasons to choose a crown. Crowns can:
- replace the lost portion of a broken tooth
- keep the portions of a cracked tooth together
- reinforce a tooth that is needed to support a bridge
- restore a broken dental implant
- fill a large cavity that cannot be fixed with a filling
- improve the health of a compromised tooth
- hide a badly shaped tooth
- hide a badly stained tooth
- reduce the risk of tooth fractures in teeth weakened by root canal treatment
What material is used?
Crowns are made from ceramic materials like porcelain, or metals like gold, titanium, or stainless steel. Patients usually have a choice of a full ceramic, a full metal, or a combination crown that combines ceramic and metal materials.
How is a crown fitted?
It generally takes two appointments to fit a crown. Your dentist will do a thorough exam of the affected tooth during the first visit to make sure that a crown is the best option for you. If it is, then your dentist will take a mold of your teeth, so the dimensions of the crown will be precise. Your affected tooth will then be filed down slightly, so there is enough space for the crown to slip right down to the gum line. Your dentist will then fit a temporary crown before you leave the first appointment.
At the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown, clean, disinfect your tooth and then secure the permanent crown. They will also fill any cavities and chips before the crown is cemented down so there is no risk that decay will creep in below the crown.
Many dentists advertise services for dental crowns in Michigan. Make sure you choose a dental office that has a good reputation and a record of accomplishment of successful crown procedures.
A stronger bite for life
The bottom line is that crowns are the affordable and long-lasting way to repair the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. They look and feel natural, are resistant to breaking and improve the strength of your bite.