Crowns Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

Dental crowns are common. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The experienced dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Care are highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown questions. Call or schedule an appointment if you think you might need a crown. Healthy Smiles Dental Care is conveniently located in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Do I need a crown?

There are a number of reasons Healthy Smiles Dental Care's knowledgeable dentists might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.

Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. For instance, stainless steel is the most common material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to tolerate the force of biting and chewing, but due to their striking color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are closer in appearance to natural teeth than stainless steel crowns; however, they do have some disadvantages. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.

All-ceramic crowns are the best option for men and women with metal allergies. All-resin crowns are cheaper than many other types of crowns, but more susceptible to wear and tear and therefore, cracking.

What's involved with a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. The first visit will include X-rays so that your Healthy Smiles Dental Care dental professional can ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting a crown.

Next, the dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. After, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Your dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent custom crown is finished.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at Healthy Smiles Dental Care or make an appointment online.