Dental Crowns to Improve Your Smile in Marshalltown
Not all teeth will look amazing forever. From poor brushing habits in childhood to genetic predispositions to cavities and gum disease, sooner or later, you may find yourself suffering from dental issues that cannot be remedied, only removed or masked.
Deep, large cavities, weak teeth, or decaying teeth can feel embarrassing or stressful, but there’s an easy answer. Dental crowns can help to minimize the issue, replacing the appearance of a problematic tooth with a smooth, shiny, and white cap that mimics the look and feel of your healthy teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are attached using dental cement to existing teeth within the mouth. Unlike removable dental implants or fixtures, like dentures, crowns are designed to be long-lasting, providing permanent assistance to remedy challenges with cavities, tooth decay, cracks and missing pieces, and even teeth that are out of alignment.
In many ways, a crown functions as a cap. It can be made from porcelain and ceramic, or less common materials, like gold, metal alloys, or acrylic. Modern crowns often utilize porcelain bonded to a metal shell for an ideal combination of strength and performance. Porcelain also closely mimics the look and feel of real teeth, allowing for a treatment that blends in with your natural smile.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns function by masking dental imperfections through the use of a customized tooth cap. Custom-fitted to problematic teeth and created especially by dental professionals, these crowns are placed firmly on top of damaged teeth using a strong and durable cement product. While crowns serve many purposes that vary based on dental health and unique aesthetic desires, dental crowns are most often used for:
- Treating a large cavity when there is not enough remaining tooth for a traditional filling
- Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restoring fractured teeth
- Attaching a bridge to address missing teeth
- Covering a dental implant
- Masking a discolored or misshapen tooth
Help You Can Trust
We are Marshalltown’s crown experts. When you have complaints associated with misshaped, broken, weak, or cavity-plagued teeth, we will help you with a crown customized to your mouth.
At your appointment, we will fully examine your teeth and determine an ideal treatment for your needs. If a crown is appropriate, our dentists will take an impression to create an exact mold for your crown. This mold will then be provided to a dental lab that will create a high-quality crown, which can then be cemented onto your teeth. In the interim, your dentist will affix a temporary crown.
If you have existing crowns that are loose or have fallen out, we can reapply adhesive or order new crowns for you to help you maintain your beautiful smile. If unexpected tooth pain or an accident have you suffering, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 641-752-3337 at your earliest convenience!