Do You Need a Crown? Des Moines Dentist Can Help

crownIf you injure your tooth, it can be cracked or broken, causing a need for reinforcement. Dental injuries can occur accidentally, in a fight, or during contact sports. Decay is really like another form of injury. Severe tooth decay or extreme wear from grinding teeth can weaken the structure to such a degree that you require more than a simple filling. There are also cases where a filling fails to last. If you are forced to replace a filling, an inlay or onlay may suffice, but the biggest bang for your restorative buck would be a dental crown. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Steve Burds, will tell you more about dental crowns.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are multiple materials that are used for dental crowns. The type of crown that your Des Moines dentist will likely recommend is dependent upon the location of your damaged tooth. When a damaged tooth is in the front, all-ceramic or zirconia will probably be favored for aesthetic purposes. However, your back teeth are barely and rarely seen by others, and they do go through much more wear and tear, so porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or all-metal crowns might be better options.

The Dental Crown Procedure

A high-quality crown that will be likely to last for years to come will generally take two visits to see Dr. Burds. Your first appointment will serve the purpose of consultation and preparation. Impressions and measurements will be taken of your mouth so that a customized dental crown can be fabricated. You will be fit with a one-size-fits-all dental crown temporarily. At second visit, you will probably feel very ready to have that temporary crown replaced with a permanent one that is designed just for you.

Dental Crowns from Des Moines Dentist

If you have a tooth that is fraught with damage or decay, visit your Des Moines dentist to consult about restorative dental options such as dental crowns. You can contact our 50309 dental office by calling (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.