Making Your Tooth Whole Again

Your West Des Moines dentist may place a crown on your tooth for one of many reasons. Teeth that have been weakened by large areas of decay or cracks can be restored with a dental crown. Dr. Hawks may also place crowns on teeth that are broken, worn, or have large fillings that may need extra support, as well as teeth that have received a root canal treatment. Crowns are also used as the anchoring structures for a dental bridge and as restorations placed atop a dental implant.

Customizing Crowns to Meet Everyone’s Needs

A crown is a dental restoration that covers the entire tooth or at least the part of the tooth that shows in the mouth. Also called a cap, a crown can be constructed from a variety of materials that vary in both durability and aesthetics.

A metal crown, which is made of gold, silver palladium, or other metal alloys, is the most durable type of crown, but its metallic, dark appearance is conspicuous. Metal crowns are often placed on children’s baby teeth or adult molars that cannot be seen when the patient smiles. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns offer a more cosmetically-pleasing alternative to metal, as they have a metal substructure with a porcelain overlay to look like a real tooth. However, the metal part of PFM crowns sometimes shows through, giving teeth an unnatural, opaque appearance, Also, these types of crowns sometimes show a dark edge at the gum line, making them a better choice for molars rather than front teeth.

For a more natural-looking solution, Dr. Hawks offers all-ceramic crowns, including those made with zirconia, which offers the strength of a PFM crown and the translucency of a natural tooth. We partner with a trusted dental lab where skilled technicians can create lovely, highly realistic dental crowns.

Placing a Dental Crown to Protect Your Tooth

Crowns rely on more than just dental cement for optimal bonding. Dr. Hawks must give your tooth the proper shape and taper so that the crown will grip it. He will start by removing decay from the tooth, just as he would for a filling. Next, he will use a dental instrument to shape the tooth. If you have insufficient tooth structure, due to wear or breakage, Dr. Hawks can build it up with a filling material first.

After he achieves the proper tooth shape, he will take an impression of your mouth and send it to his dental laboratory, where your crown will be handcrafted to his specifications. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown so that you can continue to eat and function normally. He will call you back to his West Des Moines dental office when your crown is ready, at which time he will remove the temporary restoration and place the permanent one using strong dental cement. Your new restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

Is a Dental Crown Right for You?

Today’s dental crowns are custom-designed to meet your unique needs and preferences. To find out if a dental crown is the right option for you, schedule a consultation by¬†calling our dental office in West Des Moines, IA, at (515) 225-6665. Since 1985, Dr. Hawks has proudly served the residents of West Des Moines, as well as Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Grimes, and all surrounding communities since 1985.