When a cavity occurs, a filling is often used to repair the issue. For minor damage, we may opt for a dental bonding treatment. But what about serious damage or worn-down teeth? What if a tooth becomes infected? In these scenarios, the best option is often a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about correcting smiles with custom crowns.
When Does A Smile Need One?
A crown covers the visible portions of your tooth, everything above the gum line. Which means placement can address a number of different cosmetic and restorative issues. For example, we can provide treatment for advanced cases of tooth decay or even dental infections. Our team can repair cracks, chips, and even worn-down portions of tooth structure. The restoration also helps close gaps between the teeth, reshape malformed teeth, and mask permanent teeth stains.
How Do We Create and Place Them?
To create them, we start by removing structure from the tooth to make room for them and to also remove any decay or damaged portions of structure. Next, we take detailed impressions and images of the tooth and use them to design the restoration. After we create the crown, we place it using a powerful bonding agent. We often create them from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or zirconia. These materials are not only durable and able to absorb serious bite forces, but we can shade it to match the color of surrounding teeth. They will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile!
Addressing Missing Teeth
Did you know they can also aid in tooth replacement? Losing your natural teeth could mean serious complications, including problems eating and speaking, as well as a greater risk of further tooth loss, loss of jawbone density, and the onset of dental misalignment. With crowns, we can secure a dental bridge to replace between one and three missing teeth in a row. We can also restore a single tooth dental implant to provide a long-lasting and lifelike solution to minor tooth loss. If you have damaged or missing teeth, then please schedule a consultation with our team today. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have, and perform a detailed exam to see what solutions will return your smile to full function, health, and beauty!
We can Repair Your Smile
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, or serious oral health issues, then we have a custom solution. Don’t risk the onset of infection or even the loss of one or more of your teeth, talk to our team about possible solutions. For more information on our restorative dental treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.