Since human teeth cannot naturally repair or rebuild themselves when structurally damaged, one of the tenets of repairing a smile is the ability to protect damaged teeth from utter destruction. The idea of placing a protective barrier over your tooth is not a new one, and with today’s advanced dental materials, your dental crown will look and function as well as your healthy, natural teeth. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Burds, examines how today’s versatile dental crowns can help protect your teeth and more.
Innovative Restorations and Replacements
Traditionally, dental crowns serve to protect a tooth that has been cracked/fractured or has had a significant amount of structure removed to treat severe tooth decay. For instance, crowns are typically placed after the completion of a root canal procedure to help keep what’s left of your healthy tooth safe from damage or further infection. When placed on top of a dental implant, a crown can also replace a tooth that has been lost or extracted, providing a dental prosthetic that includes the root and crown structure of your natural tooth. Crafted from zirconia, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (depending on your personal choice and the location of the target tooth), modern dental crowns are specially designed to mimic your tooth’s color and the natural light-reflecting properties of your enamel. With equal attention to aesthetics and function, your dental restoration will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural healthy smile.
Dental Crowns and More at Your Des Moines Dentist’s Office
In some cases, a dental crown can serve a cosmetic purpose by covering a tooth that is severely discolored or worn down to return spotless uniformity to your smile. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help improve and restore your smile, schedule a consultation with your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.