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By Richard A. Oppenlander, D.D.S., P.L.C.
February 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns can do a lot for you and your teeth. Crowns are typically made from porcelain or resin and look just like natural teeth. dental crownsThey can transform your smile by concealing problem teeth that are discolored, cracked or misshapen. They can also strengthen teeth that have become worn down or weak. Crowns can even be used to replace missing teeth when installed in conjunction with a dental implant. In Portage, MI, dental crowns can be installed by Dr. Richard Oppenlander who can help you decide if crowns are right for you.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are essentially caps that cover problem teeth. They can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as a chipped tooth. Crowns are also used to improve functioning in compromised teeth that are no longer strong enough to bite and chew normally. In most cases, the natural tooth remains in place and the crown is placed directly over the tooth. In Portage, MI, dental crowns can be installed by your dentist.

Dental crowns are custom made to fit the patient’s tooth. A mold is taken of the patient’s mouth and is used to create a crown that will fit perfectly over the corresponding tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. The finished crown is color matched to the patient’s teeth so that it blends in and looks like a natural tooth. Once the crowns have been created, the dentist will adjust the fit, as needed. When the fit is just right, the crown will be cemented in place permanently.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns can help you in two major ways. They conceal tooth imperfections to give you the smile you want and they strengthen weak teeth so that they can function normally again. Dental crowns can be installed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Improve the look of your smile
  • Conceal a discolored tooth
  • Cover a cracked tooth
  • Cover a misshaped tooth
  • To anchor a dental bridge
  • As part of a dental implant
  • Cover a large cavity that cannot be filled

Dental crowns can do many things for your teeth, from strengthening them to improving their appearance. Functions like biting and chewing can be performed with ease again while also achieving a renewed smile. For dental crowns in Portage, MI, schedule an appointment with Dr. Oppenlander by calling (269) 327-9332.

By Richard A. Oppenlander, D.D.S., P.L.C.
June 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Sometimes your teeth need a little help to be strong, healthy and beautiful. Crowns can help with all three of those things. This dental crownsrestorative treatment is available at the Portage, MI office of Dr. Richard Oppenlander. Learn more about dental crowns and explore the various reasons why you might need one.

What Are Dental Crowns?
Modern dental crowns have been used since 1903 when the first porcelain jacket crown was created. Even before then, ancient dentists in Egypt crafted devices out of stone and shells to serve the same purpose as a crown. It is a tooth covering that is custom-crafted to fit over your natural tooth. Your original tooth stays rooted and the outer enamel is strengthened so that you can chew and smile comfortably.

Why Might You Need One?
Crowns are simple solutions for a number of common dental problems. Some people ask for crowns for cosmetic reasons, while others need crowns to preserve their teeth. Here is a short list of reasons why you might need one made by your Portage dentist:

  • You’ve just had a root canal and need to restore the tooth enamel.
  • One or more of your teeth are intrinsically discolored (stained from the inside layer).
  • One tooth is protruding or not fitting into the rest of your smile in some way, and you want to avoid a lengthy orthodontic treatment.
  • The enamel is chipped, cracked or eroded.

How Long Is the Procedure for Crowns?
It is possible to get your permanent crown bonded in as little as a few weeks. Expect the process to take two or three appointments. After your dentist prepares the tooth and takes an impression, the crown will be created by a lab technician. You will be called in when the permanent crown is ready to be installed -- a process that takes about 30 minutes to an hour. Many patients keep their crowns for 15 or more years. Good at-home dental care and regular biannual dentist visits are important to preserving your crown for as long as possible.

Call for Crowns
The first step to getting your custom-made crown is to come to the dentist’s office for a consultation. Call Dr. Richard Oppenlander at his Portage, MI office at (269) 327-9332 to schedule an appointment.