While a variety of materials can be used to create a crown, we have a few options designed to match the rest of your smile, offering lifelike repair. When should a person in Richfield, MN, see us for repair? How do we create and place these lifelike restorations? Let’s talk about the benefits of dental crowns in today’s blog, and when you should come to us for a restoration.
What Do We Make Them From?
That depends on where the crown will sit. For teeth in the rear of the mouth, which must sustain greater bite forces and pressure, we may prescribe an all-metal one, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal option, which looks natural and still offers substantial restoration capabilities. We also have zirconia, which looks natural and is nearly as durable as a metal option. For the front facing teeth, we usually go with all-ceramic, which can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth and mimics the translucent nature of tooth enamel. When possible, we try to opt for the most lifelike option.
We first need to prepare the tooth, which means removing structure to make room for the restoration. We next take detailed impressions of the prepared tooth, impressions we use to design and create a new crown. Once we complete the new restoration, the patient returns for a second visit. During this visit, we check the fit and make any adjustments necessary to the restoration. Finally, we place it with a powerful bonding agent, which secures the new restoration for decades. With routine homecare (brushing and flossing) and regular visits to the office for checkups and cleanings, you help your smile stay bright and you protect your newly repaired tooth.
Cosmetic and Restorative Benefits
For cosmetic improvement, we may place one to mask permanent teeth stains or correct a misshapen tooth. If you have restorative concerns, such as advanced tooth decay or a dental infection, then they can help restore the tooth once we remove decay or infected tissue. If you crack or chip a tooth, we can repair them. We also lengthen worn down teeth, which may occur due to teeth grinding. If you have missing teeth, then they can secure a dental bridge or complete a single tooth dental implant. If you have any questions about how we create and place a dental crown, or if you think your smile could benefit from one, then please let us now.
Does Your Smile Need a Repair?
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, then we can help with custom-made repair. To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.