Can Crowns Look Natural?

A crown covers the entirety of your tooth above the gum line, offering a restorative solution to serious damage and oral health issues. But how do they look? Are metal options the only choice available for patients in need of restoration? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we create lifelike dental crowns, and when our Des Moines, IA, patients may need one.

The Benefits of Restoring Smiles

If you chip, break, or crack a tooth, then repair is essential for protecting the smile. Damage may enable harmful bacteria to reach the inner tooth structure, causing cavities to form and eventually, an infection. Treatment helps prevent painful oral health complications. Since they cover the entire visible portion of a tooth, we can also address cosmetic issues, such as misshapen teeth, worn down teeth, or even permanent discoloration, which may not otherwise respond to traditional teeth whitening measures. For those with missing teeth, placement can help secure a dental bridge or even restore a single tooth dental implant!

Lifelike Options

While metal options may still be suggested for the rear teeth, which must absorb more serious bite forces, we offer more lifelike options for the front facing ones. For example, ceramic can be used to create one that looks natural. Ceramic mimics the translucent nature of tooth enamel, and we can shade them to match the color of surrounding teeth. In fact, the material also contains stain-resistant properties! For side and rear teeth, we may also combine porcelain and metal for a stronger, yet lifelike, dental restoration option.

Creating and Placing Crowns

The process begins with the dentist preparing the tooth receiving a restoration. We need to remove a thin layer of tooth enamel and structure, enough to make room for the crown. We then take detailed impressions and measurements of the area, which we use in the design and fabrication process. Once we complete your dental crown, you return for a second visit so we can check the fit and then place it using a powerful bonding agent. They will be held firmly in place and with proper care, such as brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings, you can expect the restoration to last for several years, possibly even decades. If you have a questions about our lifelike dental crowns, or about the benefits of restoring your smile, then please contact our team today.


We don’t offer one-size-fits-all dental restorations, each one is custom-made for our patients. To learn more about repairing and improving smiles in Des Moines, IA, including root canal treatments and dental fillings, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.