What Are Dental Crowns?
Weakened or damaged teeth can cause complex dental problems which could result in an extraction. However, protecting your compromised teeth with dental crowns can preserve the structural integrity of your teeth. This versatile dental restoration alongside your Novi, MI dentist’s expertise can improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry.
How do dental crowns work?
A dental crown fits over a tooth to protect it, prevent damage, or improve its appearance. A dental laboratory creates the dental crown especially for your mouth based on a mold taken by your dentist. Crowns usually last at least 10 years with the proper care before requiring replacement. Before placing a crown, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing small amounts of enamel from the sides and top. This forms the tooth into the correct shape to fit inside the dental crown, ensuring a solid bond between your natural tooth and the crown.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Crowns are multifaceted and can perform many functions. Dentists most often use crowns to achieve the following:
- stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- strengthen a tooth weakened by decay or trauma
- restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth
- replace a missing tooth in conjunction with a dental implant
- hold a dental bridge in place
Types of Dental Crowns in Novi, MI
There are three types of dental crowns: metal, porcelain, and a mix of metal and porcelain. All three types are suitable to repair your damaged or weakened tooth. While metal crowns are generally more affordable than porcelain, metal or metal mix crowns are not tooth-colored, making a porcelain crown the best choice to blend in with your smile.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI. Call (248) 347-0030 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Blavin.