Dental Crowns in Bismarck & Garrison, ND
When your tooth is cracked or broken, it is important to have it restored immediately so you can protect it from further breakage and from accelerated decay. The most commonly used dental restoration for a broken or cracked tooth is a dental crown.. At Deeter Dental in Bismarck and Garrison, we know that a broken tooth can cause you to be self-conscious and even make eating difficult, so we offer you a variety of tooth crown options to help you start smiling again.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also called a tooth crown, is a dental restoration which surrounds your tooth and protects it from decay and damage caused by external sources. Dental crowns are often used to correct common cosmetic dental problems when the tooth’s enamel has been compromised and is unable to protect the pulp in the center of the tooth, generally due to a crack or break.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are a variety of tooth crown options, including:
- All-porcelain tooth crowns
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal tooth crowns
- Gold tooth crowns
For our patients at Deeter Dental, we like to use all-porcelain dental crowns.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
All-porcelain crowns are made from specialized dental porcelain which is very strong and can be made in virtually any shape and tinted to match your surrounding teeth. A porcelain dental crown, when correctly made, can be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and offers a great deal of protection for your natural tooth. For these and other reasons, a porcelain dental crown is usually the best option to protect a damaged tooth.
What Our Patients Say
“This is an awesome place. I recently had to have a molar crown created and installed. Did I mention I have DOA, Dental Office Aversion. Doctor Terry is an exceptionally thorough Dentist. The really great part of the experience is the people; from the front desk through the dental assistants and the hygienists. They truly treated me as a guest. Thank you to this Caring Team. You guys rock.” – Roger K.
What To Expect When Getting A Tooth Crown
As with any other type of dental restoration, a natural-looking tooth crown requires extensive education, experience, and an artistic eye. Your tooth is first prepared by removing a portion of the enamel so that the crown can fit over the base of your tooth without interfering with the surrounding teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a specialized dental lab, which creates the crown.
When your tooth crown arrives from the dental lab, our cosmetic dentists will first check the fit of the crown on your prepared tooth. We will then affix it to the base of your tooth using a strong dental adhesive. Your porcelain tooth crown can be tinted to match the surrounding teeth, and once affixed to the base of your tooth, it will look and function like one of your natural teeth.
How To Care For Your Porcelain Crown
You can care for you dental crown exactly as you do your natural teeth; however, you should keep in mind that a dental crown will not protect the exposed portion of your tooth or the tooth’s root below the gum line. Practicing good oral hygiene and flossing daily can help protect your dental crown and the tooth it is covering.
How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?
Your dental crown should last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. However, most of our dental crowns generally last at least 10 years or more. Several factors may impact the life of your crown, including tooth grinding, trauma to your mouth, and excessive chewing. Furthermore, by practicing good oral hygiene practices, you can help ensure your crown will last as long as possible.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about tooth crowns, please contact our Bismarck cosmetic dentists today. Our practice has been serving patients throughout Bismarck, Garrison, and the surrounding areas of North Dakota for more than 30 years. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884 to schedule an appointment at Deeter Dental.