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By Ron T. Williamson, DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Dental CrownsYou use your teeth often for all sorts of daily tasks, from chewing on hard candies and mints to eating hot foods and drinking cold beverages. You may clench them when you’re stressed and chatter them when it’s cold outside. It’s normal to have some type of damage, erosion, or discoloration over time. Dental crowns can make all the difference for your worn-down smile. Find out how Dr. Ron Williamson, a dentist in Berkley, MI, can give your damaged teeth a second chance with dental crowns. 

Causes of Damaged Teeth
Crowns are devices that restore and renew damaged tooth enamel. These are some of the most common ways that patients damage their teeth:

- Tooth knocked out of position or cracked due to a sports injury
- Bruxism (grinding and clenching the teeth, usually without realizing it).
- The enamel is eroded by eating too many highly acidic foods.
- Tooth infection (more common in molars).
- Orthodontic problems or wisdom teeth put too much pressure on a tooth.

Your Tooth Deserves a Second Chance
Don’t wait until a tooth gets so worn out that it is susceptible to decay and no longer useful. Give it a second chance—ask your Berkley dentist if you’re a good candidate for dental crowns. The procedure is painless and relatively quick. First, some of the enamel must be removed so that the hollow crown can bond securely to the tooth. The crown is created and installed after about three weeks. 

Crown Benefits
Some patients aren’t sure how their newly crowned tooth will look. When you finally see how natural and contoured it appears, you may be very pleasantly surprised. Just one change to one tooth can make your entire smile look and feel significantly better. The average crown has a life of about seven to 10 years, but some people have them for much longer than that. You get the peace of mind of knowing that your tooth will be strong and secure for a long time.

Consult Your Dentist About Crowns
You don’t have to give up on a damaged tooth and potentially sacrifice your whole smile. See Dr. Williamson, a caring and skilled dentist serving patients in Berkley, MI, to talk about giving your tooth a second chance with dental crowns. Call (248) 399-4455 today for an appointment.

By Ron T. Williamson, DDS
May 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?

Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.

In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.

This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.

But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.

From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.

In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.

If you would like more information on crown options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Ron T. Williamson, DDS
September 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”