Crown Quiz from Des Moines Dentist

Nice Looking SmileWe recently educated you about crowns, which are a terrific (and fairly common) solution when you have a damaged or injured tooth. Whether you have an accident or your tooth has become decayed down to the dental pulp, when infection spreads far enough, you’ll require reinforcement. To see how much of the prior information you retained, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Steve Burds, would like to challenge you to a quiz on dental crowns.


Q1. True or false – A crown is a possible solution when a filling fails.

Q2. True or false – Dental crowns have to be made out of metal to provide enough reinforcement.

Q3. True or false – Dental crowns only take one visit.


A1. TRUE – Fillings aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime. If you have had fillings for many years, they may need to be replaced. Or, there is the possibility that you will require a more substantial restoration once a filling has fallen out, due to additional rotting of the dentin. In these cases, your Des Moines dentist might recommend a dental crown.

A2. FALSE – Multiple materials can be used for dental crowns. Dr. Burds will usually base his recommendation on the location and condition of your damaged tooth. When a front tooth is in question, all-ceramic or zirconia will probably be favored for cosmetic reasons. However, when a crown is going to be placed on a far back tooth that is used for a lot of chewing, you might want to consider porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or all-metal crowns to sustain the pending wear and tear throughout your life.

A3. FALSE – While there are one-visit crowns, they are generally not recommended if you want a high-quality and long-lasting crown. Two appointments are the average for a crown. Your first appointment will involve consultation and preparation. You will have impressions and measurements taken of your mouth so that a customized dental crown can be fabricated by an expert in a lab. A temporary dental crown will be placed to protect your tooth until the crown is ready. When the crown arrives, you will come in for a second appointment and your new crown will be adhered to your tooth permanently to protect it from future decay.

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.