Crowns Restore Function to Your Damaged Tooth
By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to chew and smile normally when you have tooth damage. Even one damaged tooth can make your wholedental crowns smile feel weak and look unattractive. The best way to restore function and good looks to your smile is to add a dental crown where needed. After consulting Dr. Mark Makela, a dentist serving patients in Petoskey, MI, you will have a better idea of whether a crown is the right treatment for you.

How Crowns Are Made
Dental crowns are formed in a dental laboratory by a technician who uses a mold of your tooth. Your dentist must first prepare your tooth so that it will be a proper base for the crown. Most modern crowns are created from a small block of rough porcelain, which is a very resilient, high-end type of ceramic material. It normally takes about two or three weeks for a crown to be made.

Restoring Tooth Function After Damage
If you’ve ever tried to bite down on a tooth that is weak, sensitive, cracked, or infected, you know how uncomfortable it can be. A crown can restore your dental function, making the tooth feel more secure and protected. Also, after the crown is bonded the tooth has a chance to heal and restore itself over time. You will feel more at ease eating solid foods and drinking cold or hot beverages. When you smile, there’s no way to tell you have a crown because of advanced color-matching techniques.

Getting a Crown Restoration
Having a dental crown placed is one of the most straightforward dental procedures you’ll experience. This is the process you can expect:

- X-rays are taken to ensure that the inner pulp of the tooth is healthy (and if not, a root canal is completed first).
- A portion of the damaged outer enamel is removed by your Petoskey, MI dentist and an impression is made for a lab technician to follow.
- The custom crown is bonded to the tooth and modified to fit in with the rest of your smile.

Repairing Tooth Damage
Though dental enamel can’t regenerate on its own, a dental crown is the next best thing for your smile. Call (231) 347-2511 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mark Makela at his dentist office in Petoskey, MI to have your damaged tooth restored with a crown.