Second in popularity only to fillings, dental crowns are the most widely performed dental procedure and they have a variety of applications. Crowns can help restore tooth function, provide an aesthetic service, and protect damaged teeth, all without needing invasive dental surgery.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown looks like the exposed portion of your tooth and is custom-fitted to match the shape, shade, and size of your natural teeth. You can have a single crown or several conjoined crowns that are attached to teeth at either end. Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Peter Zwier often provides crowns for teeth that have had a very large filling because the larger the filling, the more likely it is to crack.
What Are Crowns Used For?
A dental crown can be used for several reasons, such as:
- Restoring a damaged or decayed tooth
- Strengthening a weak tooth
- Protection of a tooth that’s had a root canal
- Protection of a cracked or fractured tooth
- Replacement of a missing or damaged filling
- Aesthetic improvement of alignment and discoloration issues
Since crowns are very strong, they usually last for decades or a lifetime. Usually, they won’t need to be replaced for at least five to 15 years.
What’s The Procedure For Getting A Dental Crown?
Getting a dental crown installed will usually require two office visits or more. During your first visit, Dr. Zwier will examine the tooth or teeth that need crowns, and may order an x-ray. If your tooth is infected, then you may need a root canal, which would add time and an additional appointment to your treatment plan.
The next step is to reduce the size of the damaged tooth and make an impression of it. We’ll match the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth so that your crown will look and function like your natural teeth. After selecting the material for your crown, we’ll send the impression to a lab for fabrication and provide you with a temporary crown that we’ll remove when we install your permanent crown at a future visit.
When we receive your permanent crown, you’ll return to our office to have it installed and adjusted for fit. We’ll affix it to your damaged tooth with a powerful cement that only a dentist can remove, so you won’t need to worry about your crown falling out.
Are There Disadvantages To Dental Crowns?
Although crowns are very popular, there are a few drawbacks to consider. During your appointment, Dr. Zwier will explain any disadvantages that may be pertinent to your unique situation and offer advice for alternate treatments that may come with their own distinct advantages.
Where Can I Learn More About Dental Crowns?
If you need a dental crown or want to learn more about the dental crown procedure, then call the office of Dr. Peter Zwier at (616) 253-6260 or text us at (616) 524-5565. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions about the dental crown procedure and address any concerns you have.
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We strive to provide our dental patients with the absolute best dental service possible. Dr. Zwier has many awards and honors and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and he assiduously pursues perfection for all his patients’ procedures. Call us today to schedule an appointment or contact us online at your convenience. You’ll be glad you did!