Dentists use many procedures and restorations to help keep your teeth healthy and clean. Dental crowns are a versatile and important part of your oral health. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Dental crowns can benefit patients in more ways than one. Most often, crowns protect a damaged or broken tooth. However, they have many more uses, including:
- stabilize a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal
- change the appearance of a tooth which is discolored or misshapen
- restore the biting surface of a tooth worn down from grinding
- hold a dental bridge in place
- cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- reinforce a weakened, damaged or broken tooth to prevent further damage
Dentists often use dental crowns in conjunction with other restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures like bridges, teeth whitening or dental implants. Your dentist can help you determine if crowns are the best dental procedure for your condition.
My dentist told me I need a dental crown. Now what?
First, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing pieces of enamel from the top and sides of the tooth. Then, they will make an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory, which creates the actual crown itself over several weeks, uses the impression to design your crown specifically for your smile. During this time, your dentist may suggest placing a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth until placing your final restoration. When the final crown returns to your dentist’s office, you will see your dentist for a second appointment where your crown is permanently affixed to your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Okemos, MI
If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this procedure is well suited to your smile. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI. Call (517) 349-9860 to schedule your consultation for a dental crown with Dr. Eby today!