Considering the extent of tooth problems in America (over 90% of adults have been affected by tooth decay in at least one permanent tooth), chances are that you or someone you know has needed a dental crown before. Though simple in philosophy and design, dental crowns are a marvelous invention that has helped preserve countless smiles throughout history. Find out if your smile can benefit from a dental crown by reading Polk City dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong’s answers to some frequently asked questions about the innovative restorations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Why would I need a dental crown?
Crowns are often referred to as caps because they’re placed over a weakened tooth to protect it from further damage. If a significant amount of your tooth structure is affected by decay and must be removed, Dr. Hussong will likely place a crown over it after removing and replacing the infected material. If your tooth is cracked, fractured, or broken, a crown can help hold the tooth together and prevent its destruction. As a remedy for tooth loss, a crown can be placed on top of a surgically-inserted dental implant to restore your entire lost tooth’s structure (root and crown).
What are crowns made of?
Today’s dental crowns are crafted from a variety of materials, including natural-looking dental porcelain. Custom-crafted by a talented ceramist in a dental lab, porcelain crowns are tinted to match your tooth color and mimic your enamel’s natural light-reflecting properties. For teeth that withstand more pressure, such as your back molars, you may benefit from porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which provide the aesthetic quality of dental porcelain with the additional support of durable metal.
Are there alternatives to a dental crown?
Because your teeth cannot repair or rebuild themselves, they need your proactive protection when they’re damaged. Their simple design make dental crowns the ideal solution for protecting or restoring your tooth without manipulating surrounding healthy teeth.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Crowns in Polk City
To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, schedule an appointment with your Polk City dentist by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.