Dental crowns are custom-made “caps” placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore shape, size, strength, and appearance. Our Hudsonville, MI, dentists may recommend a porcelain crown if you have a tooth that is in need of extra support, protection, and in some cases, a smile makeover to hide stubborn stains.

Here’s what else you should know about the dental crown procedure.

Who Needs a Dental Crown?

Built to protect weakened teeth, enhance aesthetics, and improve functionality, dental crowns are typically recommended for individuals with severely injured or decayed teeth that cannot be effectively restored with simpler treatments like tooth-colored fillings or cosmetic bonding. Crowns are also suitable for patients who have undergone root canal therapy or are dissatisfied with misshapen and or discolored teeth.

Moreover, those with cracked or fractured teeth, either due to trauma or everyday wear, can prevent further damage and restore how well their tooth functions with a dental crown. Our dentists may also suggest crowns for teeth with large cavities or those at risk of fracture.

Procedures that often call for dental crowns include:

What Happens During the Dental Crown Procedure

You can expect the entire process of getting a dental crown to span across two appointments. During your first visit, our dentists will remove enough enamel to ensure that the dental crown fits properly over the tooth. Next, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth to send to the lab for crown fabrication. Since it takes a few weeks for your porcelain crown to be made, our dentists will place a temporary crown in its place. That way, your teeth and gums will be protected while you wait for the final version.

Once a few weeks have passed, you’ll return to our Hudsonville, MI, dental office to have your temporary crown replaced with the permanent one. Before placing the crown, dentists will check the overall fit, size, and color. If all looks good, the crown will be cemented in place.

Schedule an Appointment

Our dentists in Hudsonville, MI, can restore both the look and function of your tooth with a dental crown. Call Hudsonville Dental today at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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