What Makes A Crown Look Natural?

des moines dental crownWhen a patient comes to us with an advanced case of tooth decay, or a tooth that is chipped and cracked, we may suggest a dental crown. Not only will this restoration protect the smile, but the restoration will look natural too. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will explain how we create a natural looking crown.

The Benefit of Placing a Crown

A crown caps the tooth, covering the entire visible portion at once. For these reasons, they help address an array of serious restorative and cosmetic concerns. For example, we improve smile beauty by addressing misshapen and stained teeth. We help more oral health by treating advanced tooth decay, or completing a root canal for an infected tooth. Placement could lengthen teeth worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding) and repairs serious cracks and chips. We could also help address missing teeth too! They’ve even been used to secure a dental bridge, or even restore a single tooth dental implant.

Ceramic and Zirconia

For the front facing teeth, we could craft them from all-ceramic. The material not only absorbs daily bite forces and pressure, but is translucent like enamel, contains stain-resistant materials, and can be color matched to blend with your smile. Your side and rear teeth need to ensure greater bite forces, so we may opt for zirconia. The strongest form of ceramic, the material can also be color matched to blend with the rest of your smile and provide a lifelike repair. The material we use will depend on where the tooth receiving a restoration sits.

Creating and Placing One

To make them, we start by administering a local numbing agent, and then removing structure from the tooth. We take detailed images and measurements with digital technology, which we use in a dental lab setting to craft the restoration. When you return to the office for a second visit, we check the fit and place the finished product with a powerful bonding agent!

Keeping Your Smile Strong

To keep your crown bright and protect the tooth we’ve attached it to, you should make time to brush and floss daily, avoid sugar-rich foods and drinks, and or course, see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit. If you have any questions about how we design and create a lifelike and durable restoration, then contact our team today to learn more about our restorative treatments.


We want to help you maintain good oral health and an attractive smile for years to come. To find out more about how we restore the health and function of your smile, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.