Dental Crowns | Dentists Grand Rapids, MI
Dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line and are typically made of porcelain to give you the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel.
Candidates for Dental Crowns
You may be eligible for dental crowns if you have sustained serious damage or decay to a tooth that’s still structurally sound.
Candidates for porcelain crowns usually have experienced:
- Significant tooth decay that can’t be addressed with a simple filling
- Significant tooth cracking
- Tooth discoloration
- Root canal therapy
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
How Dental Crowns Work
The dental crown procedure takes two trips to the dentist spaced a few weeks apart. During the first visit, our dentist files down the receiving tooth to make room for the porcelain crown. He will then take dental impressions that will be sent to the lab where your dental crown will be made. To protect your tooth while your crown is being made, our dentist will put in a temporary crown.
When you return, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent one will be cemented in place. Dental crowns give you the look and feel of a natural tooth so you can walk out of our Grand Rapids family dentists with confidence. Our dentist also offers his expertise with dental implant crowns and dental bridge crowns.
Caring for Dental Crowns
You care for a dental crown the same way you care for a natural tooth. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily to maintain the look and function of your porcelain crown. While dental crowns are resistant against staining, they’re not invincible. Dental crowns can last up to eight years or more when given proper care.
Donald VanderLinde DDS and Alexandra Dodds DDS offer quality dental services that are dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful healthy smiles. If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for dental crowns, give us a call at (616) 245-3205.