Our Cadillac dentists will recommend you receive a protective dental crown if your tooth has become cracked, weakened, or worn down. Large cavities that can't be treated with a filling alone may also warrant the placement of a crown. Once placed, a dental crown will cover the entire visible portion of your tooth and will match your natural enamel color.
Instances That Call For a Crown
There are a variety of situations in which our dentists may recommend a dental crown. Before any decision is made, however, we’ll first perform a thorough oral examination in order to confirm that a crown is the best course of action. Our dentists will always discuss with you prior to the start of a procedure so you’re aware of what is needed.
A crown may help:
- Give a weakened tooth the support it needs to keep from breaking
- Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Cover and strengthen a tooth with a large cavity
- Keep a dental bridge in place
- Complete a dental implant
- Cover an irregularly shaped or severely discolored tooth
What Happens During the Dental Crown Procedure?
The entire crown procedure will take two separate visits to our Cadillac dental office. At your first appointment, our dentists will prepare the tooth that requires the crown. If necessary, part of the preparation may include treating a present cavity or performing a root canal.
Once any other dental issues related to your tooth have been resolved, our dentists will file down and trim the tooth’s outer layer. This is done to ensure that the crown fits comfortably over the tooth. We’ll then make an impression of the trimmed tooth and surrounding teeth for reference during fabrication.
Before you leave, we’ll place a temporary crown on the tooth so it is protected until the permanent version is ready. The impression taken will be sent to a dental lab where it is made and after a few weeks, your crown will arrive at our office. Our dentists will then ask you to return so the crown can be cemented onto your tooth.
Make an Appointment With Us
Dental crowns can improve the appearance of a tooth, but their placement by our dentists in Cadillac, MI, can also prevent further negative complications down the road. At the end of the day, we want your smile to look beautiful and remain healthy for years to come. Request an appointment online or call LifeSmiles Dentistry today at (231) 775-8281.