Tooth crowns are one of the best ways you can protect your precious teeth. St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson recommends tooth crown placement when your tooth has been threatened by significant decay or injured to the point that it is no longer able to provide proper biting support.
Tooth crowns, when done properly, can strengthen and beautify a damaged tooth. Crowns are often recommended in cases where large cavities have compromised a tooth or old dental fillings have become severely worn. Crowns are also used to provide a prosthetic tooth during a dental implant procedure.
Dr. Erickson uses IPS e.max crowns for most of the situations that require crowns. IPS e.max crowns are made of high quality porcelain. They are completely constructed from porcelain, not the porcelain-fused-to-metal combination that is chosen by many cosmetic dentists.
The e.max crown offers you several benefits over other crown types. This restoration is milled from a single block of porcelain which provides stunning aesthetic results that are highly durable and resistant to breakage.
First, Dr. Erickson will prepare your tooth to make room for the new protective casing. An impression of the remaining tooth structure is taken and you are fitted with a temporary crown.
The impression and crown design specifications are sent to our lab for the creation of your new e.max crown. We use three labs – Aurum, Williams, and Heritage – with all of our tooth crown procedures. We have chosen to work with these labs because they consistently deliver exceptional restorations. Once your tooth crown is shipped to our office, you return for the final fitting and placement.
Dr. Erickson is loyal to the e.max crown because the end result closely resembles a real tooth, not a dental restoration. Your new crown is affixed to your tooth with a tough adhesive material so you can eat and chew normally. Remember that your tooth crown requires brushing and flossing in order to ensure your results last a long time.
Please contact our St. Joseph cosmetic dentist today to schedule your tooth crown appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.