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By David Cooley, DDS
July 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Could your smile benefit from this popular restoration?

If this is the first time you’re hearing about dental crowns it’s probably because Dr. David Cooley is telling you that you need one. Of course, we don’t like to leave our patients in the dark when it comes to the dental treatments they require to maintain a healthy smile. Wondering when this tooth-shaped restoration is most often used? Here are the top three reasons why someone might need a dental crown,

You Just Underwent a Root Canal

If our dentist has discovered an infection within the tooth then the best way to get rid of the infection is through root canal therapy. Of course, once the infection has been treated it’s still important for our Kalamazoo dentist to restore the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen and support the tooth when chewing or biting.

You Have a Damaged Tooth

Dental injuries are more common than you might think. Regardless of whether you crunched down on something hard or you broke a tooth during a game, it’s important to see a dentist right away to address a broken, fractured or chipped tooth. While minor chips may be buffed away or restored through other cosmetic methods, dental crowns are the standard when it comes to restoring a broken or cracked tooth.

You Have a Large, Worn Filling

While cavities are typically treated with dental fillings, if the decay has spread too far into the tooth or has affected the majority of the tooth then a filling may not be enough to fully support the tooth’s structure. If a large filling is placed, this can also weaken the tooth over time. So our dentist may recommend replacing your current large filling by capping the tooth with a crown or may recommend forgoing a large filling altogether in place of a dental crown, which can provide better long-term support.

Whether you have additional questions about dental crowns or you need to consult with Dr. Cooley about restorative dentistry, we are here to meet all of your smile needs. Just give us a call at (269) 345-1021 and we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

By David Cooley, DDS
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Is a dental crown the right restoration for your damaged tooth? Learn more here about the durable and beautiful porcelain crowns your dental crownsdentist in Kalamazoo, MI, Dr. David Cooley places on teeth damaged by decay, trauma, abscess or other circumstances.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a realistic restoration made from superior grade porcelain or ceramic. Using visual inspection and digital X-rays in his Kalamazoo, MI office, your dentist can determine if this tooth-shaped cover can protect and support your tooth. For millions of people across the United States, crowns are used to restore dental implants and protect teeth after root canal therapy.

How is a crown placed?

The process takes two trips to the dental office. One involves the examination, X-rays, oral impressions (a negative imprint of the tooth) and enamel reduction. Enamel reduction removes decay and old fillings and prepares the tooth so that it can receive its crown. Dr. Cooley places a temporary cap over the prepared tooth to ensure it's protected and serviceable while the dental lab creates the permanent restoration.

When it's returned from the lab, you'll receive your crown during a brief try-on and bonding appointment. Dr. Cooley custom-shades your restoration on premises for best aesthetic effect. Also, he fine-tunes the bite and fit so that your restored tooth feels, acts and looks just right.

How should you care for your dental crown?

Treat your new crown as you do your other teeth:

  1. Avoid super-hard, sticky foods, such as taffy or peanut brittle, because these can crack or dislodge your crown.
  2. Brush twice a day.
  3. Floss the crown margins daily to keep your gums healthy and to avoid decay under the crown.
  4. See Dr. Cooley twice a year for your usual check-ups and cleanings.
  5. Wear a bite guard if your grind or clench your teeth.

A beautiful smile
Your porcelain crown can keep you smiling, biting and chewing for years. So, if Dr. David Cooley recommends a crown for that troublesome tooth, be confident in its success, longevity and lifelike appearance.

By David Cooley, DDS
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental CrownsWhat your dentist in Portage wants you to know

Have you been thinking about restoring your smile? Perhaps you suffer from broken, damaged teeth, or you just want your smile to look better. Whatever the reason, dental crowns can enhance and strengthen your smile quickly and effectively. Dr. David Cooley serving Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, offers dental crowns to improve your smile.

Dental crowns can help with many dental issues and are a great choice to repair teeth that are:

  • Severely decayed
  • Badly damaged from trauma or an accident
  • Weakened from root canal treatment
  • Worn-down from aging
  • Chipped or cracked from wear-and-tear

Today’s dental crowns offer aesthetic beauty, too, and can be an excellent choice to:

  • Replace unsightly, large metal fillings
  • Replace deeply stained tooth-colored fillings
  • Hide discolorations due to medications or genetics
  • Reshape teeth to provide a more harmonious look

Dental crowns strengthen damaged teeth by covering the entire visible surfaces of your teeth, much like a suit of armor. When you bite or chew food, the stress and strain are spread evenly across the tooth surface, protecting your tooth from breaking.

In the past, your choice of dental crown materials was limited, focusing mainly on strength and durability. Today’s crown materials are strong, durable, and they look natural. Modern dental materials allow you to have it all, both beauty and strength.

Porcelain is a common dental crown material that reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. This allows your crown to look natural, just like your teeth. In fact, a porcelain crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth. Porcelain also repels stains, so you know your new crown will look great for years to come.

If your smile needs a little help, it’s time to consider dental crowns. Get back to eating the foods you love without worrying about breaking your teeth. Be proud to show off your smile! Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Cooley, serving residents of Portage and Kalamazoo, MI. Call today!

Dental technology has come a long way in the last few decades, especially in the area of gum disease prevention and treatment. More and dental crownsmore adults are keeping their natural teeth for most of their lives according to the American Dental Association (ADA), but almost half of all Americans over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth and cosmetic imperfections like stains, chips and unevenly spaced teeth are among the biggest cause of embarrassment for adults according to studies. Dental crowns are one of the most affordable and versatile solutions available for a number of cosmetic and restorative dental problems. Dr. David Cooley, a dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, recommends crowns and bridges to correct common dentistry issues like tooth loss, extensive tooth decay, chips and cracks, and permanent staining and discoloration.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Crowns and Bridges in Kalamazoo, MI

Crowns (also known as caps) are custom designed to cover a damaged tooth to restore function and aesthetics to your smile. They are used to fix cosmetic issues like chips, cracks, mild spacing and sizing issues. Crowns are also an option for to cover permanent tooth stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments.

As a staple of restorative dentistry, they can save severely decayed teeth from possible extraction when a cavity is too large for a standard dental filling, and to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

Crowns can also replace a missing tooth as part of a bridge. A bridge consists of the replacement crown for the missing tooth, which is attached to a pair of crowns on either side, and cover abutment teeth which keep the bridge in place. Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and can improve the appearance and health of your smile.

Find a Dentist in Kalamazoo, MI

If you have been living with a damaged or incomplete smile, contact us today to learn more about how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile and restore your self esteem. For more information, call 269-345-1021 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooley today.

By David Cooley, DDS
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to address several dental issues. Dr. David Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dental crownsdentist, explains how crowns can improve your smile.

Crowns restore and protect teeth

Crowns stabilize teeth and enhance their appearance. The hollow restorations completely encase teeth and are made of tough materials, such as porcelain and gold or a combination of the two materials. They're often used to:

  • Protect Fragile or Damaged Teeth: Damaged or fragile teeth are at increased risk of fracturing. Whether a tooth is weakened by a dental procedure or has become brittle over the years, crowns offer the ideal way to prevent fractures. They're also used to prevent cracked teeth from breaking.
  • Change the Appearance of Teeth: A discolored tooth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Because crowns cover teeth on all four sides, they're very effective at concealing discolorations caused by large fillings or tetracycline use. Crowns are also a good choice if you would like to improve the appearance of twisted, crooked or oddly shaped teeth.
  • Lengthen Short Teeth: Is one of your teeth shorter than the others? Short teeth can occur naturally or can become shorter if you grind your teeth at night. The problem not only affects your appearance but also changes your bite, the way your teeth fit together. Bite problems can lead to abnormal wear, headache, jaw stiffness and other issues if they aren't corrected. Crowns lengthen teeth, restoring your normal bite.
  • Restore Broken Teeth: Crowns restore broken teeth and also prevent pain due to exposed nerves. Once your new crown is in place, you'll be able to use the tooth once again to bite and chew foods.

Crowns only require two dental visits

It only takes two visits to stabilize or restore a tooth, or improve its appearance with a crown. During the first visit, your Kalamazoo dentist will reduce the size of the tooth and make an impression of your mouth. The impression will be used to create your new custom-made crown. A temporary crown will cover your tooth until the new crown is completed in about two or three weeks. When you return to the office for your final visit, your dentist will check the fit of the crown, make any necessary adjustments and attach it to your tooth with dental cement.

Could you benefit from a dental crown? Call Dr. Cooley, your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule an appointment.