Whether it’s through accident or neglect, teeth can become damaged. One way you can save a natural tooth is with the placement of a dental crown. Often referred to as a “tooth cap”, a crown from our Grand Rapids dentists covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line and is an ideal solution for teeth that are fragile, broken, or severely discolored.

Learn more about porcelain dental crowns and when they’re most appropriate below.

Dental Crown Evaluation: Do I Need One?

Before our dentists move forward with placing a custom-made dental crown, we’ll perform a thorough oral exam and may even take X-rays to get a closer look at what’s happening below the gum line. It’s with these diagnostic methods that we can form a clear picture of the issue at hand and determine with confidence that a crown is needed.

As mentioned above, the dental crown procedure allows our dentists to strengthen teeth and save them from extraction. It’s our goal for you to have a smile that is not only functional but beautiful and dental crowns help us to provide that reality.

In general, dental crowns can be used to:

What to Expect for the Dental Crown Procedure

It’s important to know that the dental crown process will take two separate visits to our Grand Rapids, MI, dental office. During your first appointment, our dentists will remove a small amount of enamel to ensure that the dental crown fits snugly but not too tightly over the tooth. Next, we will take digital impressions of your teeth to send those to the lab for crown development. Since it takes a few weeks for your porcelain crown to be made, our dentists will place a temporary crown to protect your teeth and gums while you wait for the finished version.

After a few weeks, we’ll ask you to return so we can replace your temporary crown with the permanent one. Before placing your dental crown, our dentists will check the fit, size, and color. Once our dentist is satisfied with how everything looks, the crown will be cemented in place.

Restore Strength With a Dental Crown

Gone are the days where you had to have an obvious metal crown. Our dentists in Grand Rapids, MI, offer natural-looking porcelain crowns for an aesthetically pleasing result. Call Contemporary Family Dental today at (616) 209-3969 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.

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