This year dentists across the country will place thousands of dental crowns. Many of these patients will need crowns because of too much decay or to restore a tooth after it has had root canal therapy.

Our Novi MI dental office places dental crowns and other natural-looking restorations several times a day. It’s one of the most versatile restorative tools in dentistry, and we want to share 4 facts you need to know about dental crowns. If you need some adjustments in your smile or struggle with damaged teeth, give our office a call today at 248-697-2487.

Here are 4 things you should know about crowns

1. Expect Great, Ceramic Material

Our crowns are made from strong ceramic material. For years, dental offices used metal-based crowns. These crowns were strong, but the problem is that the metal underneath the restoration often showed. Patients with metal-based crowns often notice that a dark line appears at the gum line. Of course, this doesn’t match your natural smile and can be distracting.

2. Crowns Don’t Last Forever

A typical crown lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 years. But they can last longer with great care. There are many things that factor into the longevity of the crown, from how it’s placed to how you take care of it. When we mention fit, we’re talking about how well the crown fits over the tooth and how well it fits with your bit. If these two things are perfect, your crown can fail prematurely.

Dr. Ross and his team are using advanced technology and procedures to ensure that your dental crown fits perfectly! Then, you just need to brush and floss to keep decay from developing underneath the crown.

3. It’s a Stain-Resistant Restoration

Our crowns are made from high-strength material that mirrors the enamel of your teeth. A great-looking crown shouldn’t stick out amongst your other teeth. It’s important to know that while you crowns may not last forever, they will not stain. So, if you need crowns and want a whiter smile, you should whiten your smile before the crown procedure.

4. We Can Use Crowns to Replace Teeth

If you have a missing tooth, you’ll want to fix the gap in your smile with something that is strong and functional. Crowns can do that for you. Dr. Ross can use a series of crowns to build a dental bridge. A bridge is made up of three or more dental crowns. For a bridge, we’ll place crowns on healthy teeth and a solid crown fills in the gap created by the missing teeth. The disadvantage of bridges is that we need to restore healthy teeth. In many cases, we can use dental implants and a crown to replace a missing tooth. While placing a dental implant does require oral surgery, the procedure is extremely efficient and can last for a lifetime with proper care. Once the implant is in place, we can restore it with a crown.

These are just a few facts you need to know about dental crowns. We can use crowns to restore damaged teeth or to give you cosmetic dentistry gains. Give us a call today at 248-697-2487 to book an appointment.