Restore Your Smile and Reclaim Your Oral Health

Are you struggling with damaged or decayed teeth? Porcelain dental crowns crafted from porcelain could be the perfect solution to regain a beautiful smile and enhance oral health.

At Saad Oral Health & Beauty, Birmingham cosmetic dentist Dr. Ali Saad offers personalized dental care for patients looking to repair cracked teeth, decayed teeth, or teeth with other minor cosmetic imperfections. Learn more by calling our office at (248) 646-3515

What Are Dental Crowns?

Woman smiling in the mirrorDental crowns, also known as tooth caps, cover and protect damaged or decayed teeth. This dental restoration resembles natural teeth and is bonded over the affected natural tooth to restore its original shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns address various dental problems, restoring your smile’s functionality and aesthetics.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer a multitude of advantages, making them a versatile solution for addressing various dental concerns:

  • Enhanced Protection: Crowns effectively shield the underlying tooth structure from further decay, fractures, or cracks, promoting long-term oral health.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth can significantly affect your smile. Dental crowns can restore the natural appearance of the tooth, boosting your confidence.
  • Restored Functionality: Damaged teeth can hinder your ability to chew comfortably or speak clearly. Crowns restore the tooth’s functionality, allowing you to eat and speak without limitations.
  • Durability: Made from robust materials, dental crowns can withstand regular biting and chewing forces, ensuring a long-lasting solution.

Candidacy for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are not a one-size-fits-all solution. While they offer numerous benefits, they might not be suitable for everyone. Here are some factors a dentist considers when determining your candidacy for dental crowns:

  • Severity of Tooth Damage: If the damage is limited and a filling can suffice, a crown might not be necessary. However, extensive decay, cracks, or fractures often warrant a crown for optimal protection and restoration.
  • Tooth Structure: The remaining tooth structure needs to be sufficient to support a crown. In cases where a significant portion of the tooth is missing, alternative solutions like dental implants might be explored.
  • Overall Oral Health: Gum disease or other oral health issues could pose a risk to the crown’s longevity. Addressing these concerns beforehand is crucial for successful crown placement.
  • Cosmetic Concerns: If the primary concern is the tooth’s appearance due to discoloration or minor chips, other cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers might be considered.

Dr. Saad will conduct a thorough examination of adjacent teeth, discuss your dental history and goals, and recommend the most suitable option for restoring your oral health and achieving a beautiful smile.

What Can Dental Crowns Fix?

Porcelain CrownsDental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used for several cases, such as:

  • Severely Decayed Teeth: When a tooth is extensively decayed and cannot be restored with a dental filling, a crown may be recommended to protect and strengthen it.
  • Fractured or Cracked Teeth: Dental crowns can provide structural support to fractured or cracked teeth, preventing further damage and restoring their functionality.
  • Misshapen or Discolored Teeth: If you have a misshapen or discolored tooth that affects your smile aesthetics, a dental crown can be placed to improve its appearance.
  • Root Canal-Treated Teeth: Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment tend to become weaker and more prone to fractures. A dental crown can reinforce the treated tooth, enhancing its longevity.

The Dental Crown Process

Initial Consultation and Examination

Your new crown journey begins with a comprehensive examination by your dentist. This initial visit involves a thorough assessment of your oral health, potentially including X-rays and a review of your dental history. Dr. Saad, your Birmingham cosmetic dentist, will discuss your treatment goals and determine if dental crowns are the most suitable solution for your needs. He will provide a detailed explanation of the procedure, addressing any questions or concerns to ensure you feel informed and comfortable throughout the process.

Tooth Preparation

Couple laughingYour dentist will administer a local anesthetic to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

Once the tooth is reshaped, a precise mold (impression) will be taken of the prepared tooth and surrounding dentition. This impression is a blueprint for crafting your custom crown in a dental laboratory. In the meantime, a temporary crown, typically made from acrylic or resin, will be placed on the prepared tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being fabricated. This temporary crown usually lasts for several weeks.

Permanent Crown Placement

Your dentist will carefully remove the temporary crown. They will then thoroughly examine the permanent crown, meticulously crafted based on the impressions and designed to match your surrounding teeth in color and shape. 

Minor adjustments might be made to ensure optimal aesthetics and functionality. Once satisfied, your dentist will securely cement the permanent resin crowns onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesive.

Aftercare for Dental Crowns

Following the placement of your dental crown, proper care is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain good oral health:

  • Practice Meticulous Oral Hygiene: Brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and flossing once daily is crucial for removing plaque and food debris that can contribute to decay and gum disease.
  • Mind Your Diet: Avoid excessively hard, sticky, or chewy foods that could potentially damage the temporary dental crown and final crown, despite their superiority over metal crowns.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist. This allows them to monitor the crown’s condition, address any potential issues early on, maintain your overall oral health, and fix a cracked tooth.
  • Use Caution: Be mindful of habits like clenching or grinding your weak tooth or temporary crowns, as this can put excessive stress on the crown and lead to chipping or fractures.

Remember, even with proper care, dental crowns may require replacement over time due to wear and tear or other factors. Consulting your dentist regularly and addressing any concerns promptly is vital for maintaining a healthy smile.

Financing Dental Crowns

we understand that dental care, including procedures like dental crowns, can be a significant investment. We are committed to providing flexible payment options to ensure you receive the dental treatment you need without compromising your budget. Here’s a breakdown of the various avenues available to finance your dental crown procedure:

  • CareCredit®: CareCredit offers a third-party financing option specifically designed for healthcare expenses. Approved patients receive a CareCredit card to cover the treatment cost upfront and make smaller monthly payments with little to no interest. This option allows you to manage the cost over time.
  • LendingPoint Loans: LendingPoint provides personal loans aimed at financing healthcare needs.
  • Prime Advantage Membership Plan: We offer an in-house membership plan that provides significant annual savings on routine dental treatments and exams for a single fee. This plan is ideal for patients who don’t have dental insurance or require ongoing dental care. There’s no waiting period, and benefits begin immediately upon enrollment.Frequently Asked Questions

Enjoy Top-Rated Crowns in Birmingham, MI, With Dr. Saad

Porcelain crowns stand out as an ideal solution for restoring the strength and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. With the ability to seamlessly blend with your smile, porcelain crowns provide a discreet, long-lasting solution, allowing you to smile confidently once again. 

Call our Birmingham, MI, office at 248-646-3515 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the benefits of dental crowns. We welcome patients from Berkley, Beverly Hills, and Pontiac, MI.

Saad Oral Health & Beauty

837 Forest Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009

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