Dental Crowns

Custom Dental Crowns for Every Need

Your teeth can be compromised in a number of different ways, from progressive tooth decay to structural damage such as cracks, fractures, and breaks. When it happens, the tooth’s ability to function properly, as well as its level of sensitivity, can be drastically affected. In many cases, the best way for the tooth to recover is for your dentist to restore it with a custom-made dental crown. Also known as a cap, a dental crown can be secured over your tooth, holding it together while absorbing your bite’s pressure and protecting it from further damage. If your tooth is not affected enough to warrant a complete crown, then Dr. Burds may suggest an inlay or onlay, also known as partial crowns. The partial restorations can be applied only to the affected area of the tooth without having to modify all of the tooth’s structure.

Choosing the Right Crown

Metal was one of the first materials used to craft modern dental crowns. Today, they continue to offer incredible protection for teeth that are subject to the most intense bite pressure, such as molars. If one of your molars is damaged, then Dr. Burds might recommend a gold crown as the most suitable option. For more visible teeth, however, he may suggest a zirconia or E-max crown. Porcelain and zirconia are forms of dental ceramic that can be custom-tinted and layered to closely mimic the color, shade, and luminescence of your natural teeth. To help you choose the right crown, Dr. Burds will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and discuss the benefits of each material.

Find the Best Dental Crown for Your Tooth

With a variety of materials, today’s dental crowns can be custom-made to meet every patient’s unique dental needs. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.