Porcelain Crowns

in Wayland, Michigan

You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Sometimes called “caps,” porcelain crowns are customized for you, covering broken, cracked or discolored teeth. Crowns are a durable, strong, long lasting method of enhancing both the look and functionality of your smile. After some preparation of the tooth or teeth that will receive the crown, your dentist will position a custom milled, lifelike porcelain crown over your damaged tooth, restoring and rejuvenating your oral health.

Q: Do I have to have a crown? Why can't you just fill it?

A: Usually a crown is recommended for a tooth that has had numerous or large fillings in the past and there is no longer enough tooth structure to support a filling. If to large of a filling is attempted, the tooth could chip, crack, or fracture. If the tooth were to fracture below the gum line, the tooth could be lost. Teeth that have had root canals are especially susceptible to fractures. Crowns support weakened teeth so that they can last many years.

Q: Do I need a root canal before having the crown?

A: A crown is usually needed when too little tooth structure is present to support a filling. A root canal is needed when the nerve inside the tooth dies or becomes chronically inflamed. After a root canal, a crown is generally indicated due to the brittle nature of the dead tooth. However, needing a crown does not necessarily mean you need a root canal.

Q: What is a core, they only said I needed a crown?

A: A core is a buildup of the tooth. It is needed because there is too much old filling in the tooth, or the tooth is broken down or decayed too much for the crown to fit properly to the tooth.

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