Capping Damaged Teeth With Dental Crowns

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When a filling isn’t enough to treat a tooth and prevent complications, you may need a dental crown. This restoration is custom-made and often crafted with lifelike materials that blend with your smile. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how we craft and place a dental crown.

When a Tooth Needs One

When does a tooth need a dental crown? We may recommend one when you sustain damage that cracks, chips, or wears down outer structure, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. In addition, a cavity or infection too serve to be addressed with a filling may need a root canal and a crown to complete the procedure. We could place them to address misshapen ones, and to improve overall bite balance and chewing function. If you have missing teeth, one or more could be used to secure a dental bridge, and our team could even restore a dental implant with one. As you can see, they address a variety of cosmetic and restorative concerns.

Creating a Dental Restoration

There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every smile is unique and different. So, we can custom-make each one. To begin, we will numb the area to ensure you’re comfortable as we remove structure from the tooth. Detailed digital images will be taken of the prepared tooth, and our team will use them to design and craft the final product in a lab setting. We could use a variety of materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or zirconia. These can all be shaded to blend with your smile, offering durability and a lifelike appearance too.

Placement and Care

When the final product is ready, our team will check the fit and if needed, make some final adjustments. We then attach the crown with a powerful bonding agent. With proper care and attention, your restoration could last for decades to come, and these same actions help safeguard your natural teeth too. Essentially, be sure you brush and floss daily, see us for checkups and cleanings every six months, and of course eat a healthy diet low in sugar and starch. We want to help you and your family continue to enjoy your best possible smiles with cosmetic and restorative care. If you have any questions about our dental crowns, or about how we restore smiles of all ages, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to help prevent major complications for your decayed or damaged tooth with restorative dentistry. If you have any questions about the best way to repair and restore a tooth, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.