It starts out as a chipped or cracked tooth. Maybe you sustained a sports injury or bit down too hard on a crunchy morsel. At first, it seems so minor that you don’t see the need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. A few months later, you’re starting to second-guess yourself. That small crack is now a gaping hole in your tooth, and you suspect it will only get larger as the tooth decays. You’re absolutely right, says Dr. Ryan Hussong, a general dentist who provides dental crowns in Polk City, IA. Without treatment, you may find it difficult to eat or speak normally, or you may feel embarasssed when other notice the hole in your toooth. Fortunately, says Dr. Hussong, extraction is no longer your only option for covering seriously damaged teeth.
You Now Have More Options
A few years ago, dentists had only metals to work with when creating crowns. Although metal boasts major durability, the crowns were very conspicuous in the patient’s mouth. We now offer porcelain crowns and porcelain-fused-t0-metal crowns, also called PFM crowns. We can custom-tint both types of crowns to closely match the shade of the surrounding teeth. However, porcelain crowns blend in with your teeth more easily. Patients with PFM crowns may notice a darkened line along the gums where the metal is visible just beneath the ceramic covering.
Fully Customizable Crowns
At Cornerstone Dental, we understand that dental crowns shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all solution to restoring damaged teeth. No two patients have exactly the same teeth, so why would you accept anything less than a fully customized crown? When you visit our office, Dr. Hussong will spend a few minutes taking impressions of your teeth. We pass along these impressions to our trusted dental ceramist, who uses the information to handcraft a perfect crown for your tooth.
Crown? What Crown?
If you’ve ever worried that others can tell that you have dental crowns, you will appreciate the natural appearance of porcelan crowns. Many of our patients have expressed surprise about how easily their new crown matches their natural tooth color, allowing them to feel more confident when speaking to others. Compared to a PFM crown, an all-porcelain crown more closely mimics the translucence of your natural teeth. The crowned tooth often appears more healthy than it did before it first sustained damage.
Don’t delay dental treatment any longer. To learn about dental crowns, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong, contact Cornerstone Dental at 515-984-6001. Our office, which is located by Snap Fitness on S. 3rd Street in Polk City, serves patients living in Des Moines, Ames, Alleman, Ankeny, Grimes, and neighboring communities. You can also find us on Facebook, where we share the latest insights and ideas about dentistry.