When you think about it, teeth are pretty remarkable things. Your adult teeth are designed to allow you to eat multiple times a day, every day, for decades. They resist wear and tear (the daily grind, so to speak), and with care should last for your entire adult life. But bad things do happen to good teeth, and often the solution for damaged teeth is dental crowns.
About Dental Crowns
A crown is a restoration that covers and protects a damaged tooth. Not only does a crown help protect the tooth, it also restores your ability to eat comfortably and with confidence.
A dental crown completely covers your tooth, unlike a filling or a dental inlay or onlay. Crowns are created to match the shape, size, and color of the tooth before it was damaged. That means that crowns look very lifelike and are usually undetectable to other people.
Crowns are also durable and long-lasting. While a lot depends on what you eat and how you care for your teeth, a dental crown can last for a decade or more. That longevity makes a dental crown a very worthwhile investment in your smile and your comfort.
Beneath The Surface
Crowns can be made from a number of different materials. At the Plymouth, MI office of Douglas A. Callow D.D.S. we use two types: zirconium and e.max (a special ceramic). Unlike porcelain crowns, which are almost always fused to an underlying metal, the crowns that Dr. Callow provides won’t create a dark line where the crown meets your gumline. You can smile with complete confidence.
Both zirconium and e.max crowns offer a number of other advantages over porcelain:
- They’re stronger and more durable than porcelain.
- They reflect light more naturally which gives them a very natural appearance.
- They require less modification of the tooth.
Getting Your New Crown
The process of getting dental crowns begins with a thorough examination by Dr. Callow. He can tell you which option – a filling, and inlay or onlay, or a crown – is the best solution for your needs. If a crown is indicated, he’ll take careful impressions to guide the dental laboratory in creating your permanent crown. Then, he’ll place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
Once your permanent crown is ready, he’ll remove the temporary and cement the permanent crown firmly into place. Instantly, your tooth is protected and looking great!
You Don’t Have To Live With Damaged Teeth
Bob S. had a number of crowns from other dentists that were beginning to show their age. He chose Dr. Callow to replace them.
“I’d had the crowns for 20 years, probably,” he said.”I don’t really remember and they were beginning to chip and fail. You know, things fall apart after the years and I was looking to replace them. And I was looking or a dentist that—and that’s really why I found Dr. Callow. I was looking for somebody that just brought out cosmetic dentistry, rather than just simply dentistry. Any dentist can replace a crown, but I wanted the cosmetic thing.
“It was literally the easiest appointment that I had ever had in my life for crowns, and I’ve had implants, and I’ve had crowns, and I’ve had other stuff, and this was just … I was very happy.”
You can read and/or watch Bob’s story here.
If you’re in the Plymouth, MI area, call our Douglas A. Callow, D.D.S at 734-404-7336 to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member.