Dental Crowns Restore Health and Beauty to Your Smile
If you have a missing or weakened tooth, a dental crown is a great restorative option to consider. Dr. Byron J. Nordhus offers both traditional and implant-supported dental crowns at his Wichita, KS, office. Traditional crowns are commonly used to cover a natural tooth that has been damaged by decay or infection. An implant-supported crown fills the space left by a missing tooth. Dr. Nordhus designs crowns from high-quality materials, precisely matching the size, shape, and shade of your adjacent teeth. Contact Nordhus Dentistry today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nordhus and learn whether a crown is right for you.
Dental Crown Applications
Traditional and implant-supported crowns have many uses:
- After Root Canal Therapy - Root canal therapy removes infected tissue from deep within a tooth's root. After this treatment, the remaining structure is left weakened. A traditional crown can cover and protect the tooth.
- To Restore the Space Left by a Cavity - Whenever possible, Dr. Nordhus will restore a cavity with a traditional filling or an inlay or onlay. However, traditional dental crowns are often the best solution when a substantial amount of the tooth has been compromised by decay.
- When a Tooth is Cracked - If your tooth has become cracked, a dental crown can hold it together and prevent it from needing to be extracted.
- To Fill the Space Left by a Missing Tooth - An implant-supported crown can fill the space left by a single missing tooth. This is often a preferred alternative to a dental bridge, which must be supported on either side by dental crowns.
- To Support a Bridge - In some cases, a traditional dental bridge is the best solution for patients missing one or more teeth in a row. Specialized dental crowns are fitted on the natural teeth on either side of the gap in a patient's smile to hold the dental bridge firmly in place.
Dr. Nordhus will design your custom dental crown to restore your smile's function and its beauty. He designs high-quality crowns made from tooth-colored materials including zirconia and IPS e.max®, a specialized type of dental porcelain. These materials are wonderful for dental applications because they can be matched to virtually any shade and they are remarkably strong.
Creating Your Restoration
Whether you are receiving an implant-supported or traditional crown, your smile will require some preparation first. To place a traditional crown, Dr. Nordhus will remove some enamel to create space for the restoration. If you require a dental implant, Dr. Nordhus will surgically place it and provide you with a temporary crown to wear while it heals. Once healing is complete, roughly four to six months later, he will place an abutment which will connect to the crown.
Once preparatory procedures are complete, Dr. Nordhus will take impressions of your bite. Your dental crown will be created in our dental laboratory using these impressions and Dr. Nordhus' instruction on its aesthetic properties. In a few weeks, you will return to our laboratory and Dr. Nordhus will cement your crown in place.
Schedule Your Consultation
During an appointment, Dr. Nordhus can evaluate your smile and determine whether a dental crown or another type of restorative treatment is right for you. Contact Nordhus Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.