A crown is a unique restoration, one that covers your tooth and addresses a wide array of cosmetic and restorative concerns. Each one we provide our Gary, IN, patients will be custom-made. But when does our smile benefit from placing one, and how do we create them? What options are available, and will they look natural?
When Do We Prescribe One?
A crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth, from your gum line up. The restoration may be used to repair a cracked or chipped tooth, or even lengthen a worn down one. We’ve used them to address advanced cases of tooth decay and treat dental infections, completing the root canal procedure. For those with cosmetic concerns, we can mask teeth stains or reshape damaged or misshapen teeth. If you have missing teeth, then we may be able to secure a dental bridge, replacing between one and three teeth in a row. Our team can also complete a single tooth dental implant, ensuring your new tooth blends with the smile.
The Materials We Use
For the front facing teeth, we often choose one made with all-ceramic. This material can be shaded to blend with your smile and contains stain-resistant materials. The material can also mimic the translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel. For greater strength and durability, we may also combine porcelain and metal. A porcelain-fused-to-metal option uses metal, but is coated in a layer of lifelike porcelain. We also have a ceramic version that uses zirconia, a very strong form of ceramic that also looks natural and can absorb serious bite forces. Finally, for the rear teeth, which must absorb the greatest bite forces and pressure, we offer metal options created using gold, palladium, nickel, or even chromium.
Preserving Your Smile (And Your Restoration)
After we place your custom-made made crown, routine care is necessary to protect them and keep them strong. We may suggest routine brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque and prevent the onset of cavities, infection, and gum disease. These steps keep your crowns bright and natural looking, and also ensure your teeth stay free of cavities and infection. If you have any questions about placing and preserving your restorations, or if you have a damaged or aching tooth in need of treatment, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Restorations?
If you have a tooth that develops serious decay or infection, or that has become cracked or chipped, then you need a restoration. To schedule an appointment and learn more about our dental crowns, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at email@example.com. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.