When a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to restore its natural function. In other situations, crowns can reinforce one or multiple that have acquired cracks or damage from tooth decay or injury. They can also improve upon a tooth's original appearance and are virtually distinguishable from natural teeth. To determine if you're a candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Makela in our Petoskey, MI, office. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of these durable restorations.
What is a Dental Crown?
These long-lasting restorations are also called tooth caps and come in a variety of materials. Depending on several factors, such as location, the position of gum tissue, how much enamel shows when you smile, and the color of surrounding teeth. Your dentist commonly suggests crowns for several instances, such as creating a lifelike replacement of one or multiple teeth, using bridgework. When you visit our Petoskey, MI, office, Dr. Makela can discuss the various materials available and help you figure out which type is best suitable for your specific needs.
The Importance of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns prevent cracked teeth from fracturing further and provide ultimate support for those with large fillings. They present many advantages, such as:
- Restoring enamel to its natural shape and size
- Disguising discolorations that may appear unattractive
- Covering a dental implant or attaching a bridge
- Protecting a weak tooth to keep it from breaking
What to Expect from Treatment
The process of installing a dental crown requires two visits to our dentist. Dr. Makela performs this minimally-invasive procedure in our Petoskey, MI, office, and first, he'll confirm if the tooth can support a crown. If so, he'll fill it until achieving the desired shape. Once this step is complete, the dentist will take an impression and send it to a laboratory where the permanent crown gets fabricated. During your second visit, Dr. Makela will bond it to the tooth with cement and give you instructions on how to care for your new restoration. These include brushing and flossing daily and visiting us for professional cleanings and oral examinations.
Your dentist may use a crown if you require a root canal or if the tooth is breaking. Additionally, he'll incorporate them into bridgework and dental implants when necessary. During your initial visit, Dr. Mark Makela can perform a smile assessment, examine the teeth, and surrounding tissues, as well as address any questions or concerns that arise. For more information about dental crowns and other services provided, visit our website, and for appointment scheduling in our Petoskey, MI, office, please call (231)-347-2511.