Dental Crowns at Goldstein Dental Group in Novi Michigan
Crowns are caps, crafted especially for you, that match the shape and color of the tooth it covers. Whether you need a crown for cosmetic or restorative reasons, we can ensure your smile is a healthy and confident one.
Why You May Need a Crown
Crowns help correct a number of tooth problems, including:
- Hold a cracked tooth together
- Restore a broken tooth or one worn down from jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Protect and cover a tooth when a large filling leaves little of the tooth left
- Prevent a tooth from fracturing following a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a bridge in place
- Cosmetically correct teeth that are discolored or misshapen
Types of Crowns
We can help you decide which of the three crown types is best for you.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns combine the strength of metal with the natural look of porcelain, while all ceramic crowns are the most natural looking and don’t have the metal underneath of porcelain fused to metal crowns that can appear along your gum line as you age.
All metal crowns are the strongest and can be a good choice for the molars in the back of your mouth since those teeth do the heavy work when you eat and are hidden in the back of your mouth.
The Dental Crown Placement Procedure
The Crown Placement Process
Getting a crown is not a painful procedure and takes two office visits to complete — one to prepare the tooth and the second to place the permanent crown. Depending on the reason you need a crown, we may need to numb the tooth with local anesthesia and build the tooth up so the crown has something to hold onto. We will make an impression of the tooth, carefully match the shade to your surrounding teeth, send the impression to the lab, and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. During the second visit we will place the permanent crown, making adjustments to ensure a proper fit and bite before applying the final cement.
Caring for Your Dental Crowns
While modern crowns are strong, they can break. Hard candy, ice, and teeth grinding can all shorten the life of your crown. It’s also important to floss regularly to avoid plaque buildup. With proper care your crown can last many years.
Call 248.374.2273 to schedule an evaluation.