If you're self-conscious about your smile because of cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, Dr. Novak and Dr. Johannsen can bring back your healthy, beautiful smile with a custom-made crown. A filling can restore a small defect in a tooth, but a crown is the most durable and strongest way to restore a front or back tooth with extensive damage for the long term. And, with all the materials and techniques modern dentistry has to offer, you can enjoy natural-looking results.
If you have a tooth that has become severely cracked and a dental filling is not enough to save it, a dental crown is likely the best treatment for you! Additionally, if you have a dental filling that currently takes up about two-thirds of your natural enamel, it’s likely compromised and therefore not effective at protecting your tooth from bacteria or preventing future cracks later. We’ll make sure to perform a detailed exam to confirm if a dental crown is the most ideal treatment for your oral health needs.
In order to create your custom crown, we utilize an advanced digital impression system to capture a detailed image of your current tooth. With this data, we can create a 3D image of your tooth and design a crown around it, meaning you won’t have to bite into gray putty impression material just to have your crown created. After about two weeks, your permanent crown will be fabricated and you’ll come back to the office to have it placed. We’ll make any adjustments as needed in order to ensure your crown is as comfortable and protective as possible.
In addition to restoring a single tooth, a custom-made crown can also correct bite problems, close spaces between teeth, and change the alignment of crooked teeth. And, when combined with a bridge or a dental implant, they can even be used to replace a tooth you may have previously lost.
Your crown will be customized to match the shape and shade of your existing teeth. What’s more, many of today’s crowns are made metal-free, so the porcelain reflects light the same way real enamel does. As a result, your finished restoration will blend in with your surrounding teeth, giving you a fully restored tooth that looks natural.
Finally, dental crowns last on average for about 15 years, so you can expect long-term durability with your new restoration. When practicing daily oral care and attending regular checkups at our office, your crown should withstand many years of chewing your favorite foods and smiling in photos with friends and family. On top of that, the crown itself cannot develop tooth decay since it is made from inorganic materials!
To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact us today.