In dentistry, a dental crown can accompany many restorative dental services and serve cosmetic purposes. To restore full function and health to your smile, we can customize your dental crown to ensure it meets your unique dentistry needs.
At Design Dental, Dr. S. Jeremy Tu designs and places all types of dental crowns in our North Liberty, IA dentist office. Whether you have sustained damage due to tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, our team can work with you to determine if a dental crown is the best solution for your smile.
Dental Crowns in North Liberty, IA
Dental crowns can help restore balance, beauty, and function to your smile. A well-placed dental crown offers many long-term benefits for your dental health and the appearance of your smile.
- Natural-looking results: Crowns are designed using quality material that can be color matched to blend with your existing teeth.
- Long-lasting, durable solution: Dental crowns will last a long time. We use only the highest quality of material to create custom restorations to suit your every need.
- Restores the health of your teeth: The dentist will place crowns over the area of damage, which helps protect the tooth from further trauma.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
When a tooth experiences extensive damage or decay, a dentist will need to address it in order to sustain the integrity of the tooth. If the extent of the damage requires more than a traditional dental filling, Dr. Tu may recommend a dental crown to restore balance and health to your tooth.
A dental crown will replace the entire surface of the tooth. We will customize your dental crown to meet your aesthetic and functional needs. In many cases, your dental crown is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
On average, it requires at least two visits to our North Liberty, IA dental office. During the first visit, Dr. Tu prepares your tooth for your restoration and creates a temporary crown. This will protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Your custom dental crown will be created by one of our local dental labs.
It will take about a week or two for the dental lab to fabricate the dental crowns. Once they are ready, you will return to Design Dental for your final appointment. During the last appointment, Dr. Tu will place your crown and make any necessary adjustments to your smile.
Who Should Consider a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can address a wide range of oral health, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry needs. Our team may recommend a dental crown for one or more of the following situations:
- Cover a badly decayed tooth
- Stabilize a tooth after root canal therapy
- To restore a dental bridge or top a dental implant
- Repair a broken tooth
- To address a misshapen tooth
- Address a cavity that is too large for a traditional tooth filling
- Cover a discolored or stained tooth
Dental Crown FAQs
How long do dental crowns last?
They can last at least 15 years or longer with excellent oral health practices. Their lifetime can depend on the type of materials used and their daily oral health routine. For the most part, you will not have to replace your dental crown unless it is damaged.
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
No. The procedure includes a local anesthetic. We will numb your mouth so that you do not feel pain during the process. After the crown is in place and your mouth regains feeling, you should not be in pain. Contact us if you are in pain after a dental crown procedure.
Can you whiten a dental crown?
No, porcelain crowns can not be whitened with traditional teeth whitening treatments. They can stain over time. However, their level of staining is usually less significant than that of natural teeth.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
At Design Dental, Dr. Tu and our dental care team are committed to helping each of our patients restore function and health to their smiles. If you are experiencing tooth damage or dental pain, visit our North Liberty dentist office. During your consultation, we can assess your needs and determine if a dental crown is right for you.
We proudly serve patients in North Liberty, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and many surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (319) 284-4361 or request an appointment online.