Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?


The enamel coating our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite the strength of our tooth enamel, teeth can still be susceptible to damage or advanced tooth decay. To return a tooth to full function and beauty, you may require a dental crown.


Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Question: How do dental crowns work?

Answer: A dental crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth. Your Livonia dentist will place the crown using a powerful bonding agent, which will secure the crown. Crowns can be used to repair chipped or decayed teeth, restore teeth following root canal procedures, and mask permanent teeth stains. Dental crowns also help replace missing teeth in dental bridge and dental implant procedures.

Question: What are dental crowns made of?

Answer: Crowns are made from a variety of materials. The material selected by your Livonia dentist will depend on the need and placement in your mouth. For teeth near the front, porcelain and zirconia provide sturdy and esthetically pleasing restoration. Teeth near the back of the mouth must endure greater bite forces and may require metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Question: Will my dental crown look natural?

Answer: In most cases, the crown will look natural. For the majority of our crowns, we use porcelain or zirconia. These crowns will be custom-made using lifelike materials and shaded to blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth.

Question: How long to dental crowns last?

Answer: On average, a dental crown provides decades of quality restoration. To ensure your crown is long lasting, always take good care of your smile. Each day, you should brush and floss. Twice a year, you should receive a checkup and a dental cleaning from Dr. Stewart.

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you would to ask your Livonia dentist about our restorative procedures, such as dental crowns, contact our office today. James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.