Teeth are not indestructible, and unfortunately, they don’t have any way of repairing themselves after suffering from a serious injury or extensive decay. Helping you protect and preserve your damaged teeth is one of our top priorities here at Healthy Smiles Dental Care, where our highly trained specialists can quickly restore your smile – oftentimes in just one visit! To learn more about your options for restorative dentistry in Lansing, MI or to schedule an appointment to have your damaged tooth checked out, call us today.
Sometimes called “caps”, dental crowns are attached to damaged teeth to prevent further damage and restore its function. There are different materials that can be used to make crowns, but we favor porcelain that is carefully designed to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible. Porcelain crowns blend right in with the rest of your smile. Also, crowns can hold together weakened teeth, protect cracked teeth, and can even be placed for cosmetic reasons, such as to hide a badly discolored or oddly shaped tooth.
For cavities and minor damage, a filling can be used to replace lost dental structure and help reinforce the overall strength of the tooth. While older patients may remember fillings being made out of metal, today various materials are used, including tooth-colored composite resin that can be shaded to match the rest of the tooth. That way you can restore the tooth’s appearance and still provide it with durable protection against bacteria that could potentially attack the dental pulp after slipping through an opening.
At other dental offices, when you need a dental crown, you often have to wait several days or even weeks for the restoration to be made at a separate dental lab before you have it placed at a second appointment. But that doesn’t have to be the case at Healthy Smiles Dental Care! Thanks to the advanced technology in our dental office, we can design and create your dental crown shortly after taking digital impressions of your mouth. We can then place the restoration right away so that you don’t have to worry about scheduling a separate appointment!