Placing A Cosmetic Dental Crown

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A dental crown doesn’t have to just be made from metal. In fact, we have a metal-free option that blends with your smile! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will explain how we design and craft a cosmetic dental crown, and when your smile may benefit from the placement of one or more of them.

The Need for a Crown

When does a tooth benefit from the placement of a crown? Since the restoration covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, we can address an array of issues both cosmetic and restorative. For example, placement could instantly reshape malformed teeth and mask discoloration. We could also repair more serious cracks and chips, and add length to the ones worn down by teeth grinding. Placement helps address cases of tooth decay too severe for a filling, and could complete a root canal for an infected tooth. If you have missing teeth, then we could use them to secure your dental bridge, or to restore a single tooth dental implant as well.

Using Lifelike Materials

We have a variety of materials that could offer a lifelike appearance. For the front-facing teeth, we may opt for all-porcelain, as the material is durable and can be shaded to blend with your smile. For the side and rear teeth, which can be expected to absorb greater bite forces, porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia could be employed to provide a lifelike repair, as we can color match these as well. We want you to be able to smile with confidence following treatment!

Creation and Placement

How do we create and place them? Well, we first take steps to ensure you feel comfortable, which could involve the administration of a local numbing agent, or for anxious patients, dental sedation. Next, we need to remove structure from the tooth to make room for the completed restoration. Afterward, we take detailed images and measurements with digital scanning technology. In a dental lab, we use the materials to design and craft the finished product. When you return for a second visit, we check the fit and if necessary, make final adjustments. We then attach the finished product with a powerful bonding agent.

Following placement, routine daily care could help your new crown remain in place and also safeguard your natural teeth from issues related to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about how we repair and restore a tooth, then contact our team today to learn more. We would like to restore your smile to optimal function, health, and beauty.


Our team would like to offer a natural-looking solution to damage and decay. To find out more about restoring your smile, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.