When a tooth is damaged, or develops tooth decay too severe for a filling, how do we help your smile? By placing a custom dental restoration, our team can return teeth to optimal health, function, and beauty. In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist talks about how we place lifelike dental crowns.
When Teeth Need Repair
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of your tooth, allowing us to address more extensive oral health concerns that a filling or bonding procedure alone may not be able to correct. We could recommend a crown when a tooth is broken or cracked, develops severe decay or infection, or is worn down by teeth grinding. We could also place them to improve overall bite balance to avoid jaw joint strain and serious complications. If you have missing teeth, then one or two could be used to secure a dental bridge in place, or we could use one to restore a single tooth dental implant.
Creating a Custom Dental Crown
To ensure optimal results, including a balanced bite and a lifelike appearance, then our team will custom-make the dental restoration. To begin, our team will numb the tooth so we can comfortably remove structure from the tooth, making room for your restoration. Next, we will gather detailed digital images of the teeth from multiple angles, combining them to create a 3D impression. In a lab setting, we can design and craft your finished crown. Our team then checks the fit and makes any necessary adjustments before finally attaching the restoration with a powerful bonding agent.
When possible, our team wants to use materials that also look natural and blend with your smile. For example, for the more front facing teeth we could use all-porcelain, which we shade to blend with your smile. For the side and rear teeth, which endure greater bite forces and pressures, our team could use zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal, which can also be color matched to blend with your smile. We want you to feel confident when you smile, and enjoy better oral health too.
If you have any questions about how we transform your oral health with a custom and lifelike dental crown, or if you have an aching or damaged tooth that needs attention, then contact our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Ankeny, IA, Dentist About Repairing Smiles
We want to help you enjoy a health, functional, and attractive smile with a custom repair! If you would like to find out more about placing custom restorations and improving the overall health, beauty, and function of your smile, then please contact your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at (515) 207-6182 to schedule a visit.