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Dental Crowns – Ann Arbor, MI

Repairing Damaged Teeth Without Drawing Attention to Them

dental crowns on a model mouth Some patients hear that a tooth is damaged and immediately panic because they feel getting it restored will ruin the appearance of their entire smile. In order to help his patients continue feeling comfortable letting their grins show, Dr. James Olsen customizes each of his dental crowns from high-quality materials that can be customized to seamlessly blend in with the rest of a smile. Using the latest dental technology, including the iTero digital impression system, he’s able to create strong, long-lasting, and precisely fitted dental crowns that help improve his patients’ oral health and confidence.

What are Dental Crowns?

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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed on top of a prepared damaged tooth in order to restore its original shape, size, and appearance. They can be made of a variety of materials, but most patients prefer to have them crafted from natural-looking and customizable dental porcelain or ceramic. The procedure of getting a dental crown in Ann Arbor typically takes place over the course of two appointments, so your restoration can be customized to fit your exact and unique needs. Once Dr. Olsen has placed your crown, you can expect to regain the function of your damaged tooth and restore the appearance of your smile.

Why Do You Need to Get a Crown?

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Many people aren’t aware that crowns can be used for much more than simply repairing a broken tooth in Ann Arbor. These restorations are a great solution for a wide variety of problems, including:

  • Severe decay that can’t be treated with a dental filling.
  • Forced dental trauma that has caused a tooth to become cracked or broken.
  • Root canal therapy that has treated an infected tooth that now requires additional strength and protection.
  • Fixed bridges, which hold replacement teeth in place with two dental crowns on either end.

What is the Process of Getting a Crown?

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Before we schedule your appointment for a dental crown, our team of professionals will ensure that you have all of the information you need to feel comfortable and confident that this restoration is the best choice for your oral health. The procedure itself typically takes place over the course of two appointments to our office. It can be broken down into the following timeline:

  1. We’ll begin by preparing your damaged or treated tooth by removing a small portion of the outer layer. This will help accommodate the thickness of the crown, allowing the restoration to comfortably fit in your mouth.
  2. Using our iTero digital impression system, we’ll capture measurements and impressions of your tooth to send to our dental laboratory. When the information arrives at the lab, they’ll begin crafting your crown from high-quality materials using our specifications.
  3. While your permanent crown is being made, we’ll place a temporary one over your prepared tooth to protect it.
  4. Once we receive your permanent restoration, we’ll call you in for your final appointment to secure it to your tooth.

Before you leave our office, we’ll provide you with some maintenance instructions and let you know what you can do to ensure that your crown lasts. With regular brushing and flossing paired with semi-annual checkups and cleanings, you should be able to get the most out of your restorations.