Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
By Dr. Ruster
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crown  

Multi-purpose crowns offer an excellent solution for many tooth problems. Your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Brian Ruster, can help you decide if a crown is an ideal treatment for your issue.

How do crowns work?

Crowns are hollow restorations that look like the visible parts of your teeth. The restorations slide over damaged, fragile or unattractive teeth, covering them completely on all four sides. Crowns are also used to replace missing teeth.

The restorations are made of materials that look like tooth enamel and are tough enough to handle years of chewing and biting. Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin are often used to create crowns.

Could a crown help you?

A crown may be recommended if:

  • Your Tooth Is Fragile: Root canal therapy or cracks can weaken teeth, increasing their risk of fracturing. Adding a crown to the tooth strengthens it and protects it from breaking.
  • Your Tooth Broke: No one will ever be able to tell that you had broken a tooth after you receive a crown. The restoration is made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that the crown fits the gap in your smile perfectly. In addition to restoring the shape and length of broken teeth, crowns also end the pain that may occur with breaks.
  • You Lost a Tooth: Crowns are attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth or anchor dental bridges used to restore missing teeth.
  • You Don't Like the Way a Tooth Looks: Crowns can be used to hide discolorations, lengthen short teeth or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth.

How is a crown added to your tooth?

Your dentist will prepare the tooth, then make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a mold that will help the dental laboratory technicians create your crowns or bridge. You'll leave the East Lansing dental office wearing a temporary bridge or dental crowns.

In just about two weeks, you'll return to the dental office and swap your temporary restoration for a permanent one. After checking the fit of your crown or bridge, your dentist will make a few minor adjustments, then attach it with dental cement.

Impressions are also part of the dental implant process. Your dental implant acts as an artificial root and bonds to your jawbone over the course of a few months. Once bonding occurs, a crown will be attached to the top of the implant to complete the restoration of your tooth.

Could a crown help you maintain your smile? Call your dentist in Lansing, MI, Dr. Ruster, at (517) 351-8442 to schedule your appointment.