High Quality & Durable Dental Crowns at Dental Associates in Sterling Heights, MI
You don’t have to sacrifice quality, convenience, or appearance – when you choose LaserDentalAssociates.com, you can have it all. We offer a broad array of restorative solutions including dental crowns at our Sterling Heights MI practice.
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are tried-and-true restorations, which have been used to repair or replace teeth since the early days of dentistry. However, don’t assume that advancing dental technology has bypassed these traditional restorations. Today’s crowns and bridges are strong, durable, and designed to look just like natural teeth. With our CEREC technology, they are also more convenient than ever.
A dental crown is used to protect and restore a compromised tooth. It is made of high-strength porcelain and looks just like a natural tooth. However, it is hollow in the center, similar to a cap or a thimble. It fits over the tooth, effectively covering all exposed surfaces with a protective layer of porcelain. Crowns serve several purposes, protecting the tooth from further damage, restoring its functionality, and correcting cosmetic concerns.
A dental bridge is composed of one or more (usually two) dental crowns, along with one or more false teeth. These restorations are used to and restore a smile after tooth loss, usually when there are strong and healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The crowns are affixed to teeth, as described above, and they hold the false tooth or teeth in place. The appliance literally bridges the gap in a person’s smile.
Answering common questions about dental crowns
Today’s dental patients are savvy and well-informed, they want to understand what is being done to their teeth and why. We encourage this, which is why we make patient education a priority in all treatments that we provide. Some of the most common questions that we receive about crowns include:
Are dental crowns painful?
Are dental crowns safe?
How long will dental crowns last?
Can I afford a dental crown?
Do dental crowns look natural?
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
Why a dental crown is needed
Crowns are quite common restorations, and very versatile in their use. They are commonly used to repair broken, fractured, misshapen, or badly decayed teeth, in situations where the damage is too extensive for a filling. Additionally, teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy are nearly always topped with crowns for protection and restoration.
When you visit our office for a consultation, your dentist will tell you if a crown is necessary, and if there are any viable alternatives. A dental crown serves three important functions.
A broken, or badly decayed tooth might have some healthy structure, but part of it is missing. This can expose the nerve, resulting is pain or tooth sensitive. It also makes chewing and speaking difficult, as well as leaving the tooth susceptible to further damage. The crown will shroud the damaged tooth in a thick layer of porcelain, replacing the missing portion and restoring the tooth’s natural shape.
In some instances, the tooth may be mostly or entirely intact, yet structurally compromised. A weak or fragile tooth is vulnerable to excess wear and tear, or it may break easily. A dental crown will cover it with a layer of ultra-hard porcelain, protecting the tooth in much the same way that a helmet protects one’s head. A crown can also hold together a fractured tooth and shield it from infection or further damage.
Because a dental crown covers the visible part of a tooth, it can change the size, shape, or color as well as covering cosmetic flaws. Although rare, a crown may be used for purely cosmetic purposes, if a veneer is not viable for the tooth in question. Most commonly, crowns are used when necessary to restore oral health – and they also improve smile esthetics as an added benefit.
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Why choose LaserDentalAssociates.com for your dental crown
Quality conscious residents of Sterling Heights MI and surrounding communities trust their oral health to the team at LaserDentalAssociates.com, and for very good reasons. We are committed to excellence, and it shows. Our practice has earned a five-star rating on both Yelp and Facebook, with more than 95 percent of patients saying they would refer us.
Our facility is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to provide you with a better dental experience. In office milling (CEREC) means that we can fabricate beautiful crowns and other porcelain restorations in a matter of minutes, for a one-day procedure. In addition to the obvious benefit of convenience, CEREC technology allows us to design your crown with digital precision, and make any needed alterations right here in our office. It eliminates the “middleman” putting your dentist in full control of the design and manufacturing process, for greater efficiency and optimal quality.
Of course, even the best technology is only as good as the person using it. That is why Dr. Rosner and Dr. Pepa invest a considerable amount of time in advanced training and continuing education, staying at the forefront of emerging dental technology. We have worked with CEREC for years, with consistently beautiful and high-quality results.
Our process is fast and efficient, but we will not compromise quality or patient satisfaction. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation and diagnostics, as well as an in-depth patient consultation. Once we have a full understanding of your concerns, goals, preferences, and clinical needs we will work with you to devise a customized treatment plan. If a single crown or filling will solve your problem, treatment can be completed in just one visit. If you have more extensive dental concerns, your treatment plan may include additional procedures or restorations.
In our office, it’s all about you and we are committed to meeting your unique needs. Give us a call at 586-838-2017 to find out more about how we can help you love your smile.