For a Quality Dental Crown, Experience Counts
If you have a severely damaged tooth or have lost a tooth, a dental crown is often the best solution. Dr. Michael Fling in Oklahoma City, OK, creates custom crowns for patients, including traditional and implant-supported restorations. A crown can preserve and strengthen a weakened tooth, and if a tooth must be extracted or has been lost, an implant-supported restoration is the ideal replacement. Crowns can also be used to support traditional dental bridges. Dr. Fling has earned distinguished recognition in both state and national rankings, and is also known as an educator in the field of dentistry. You can benefit from his expert care, achieving a healthier, stronger smile.
Traditional Dental Crowns
A traditional dental crown is designed to fully encase a weakened or damaged tooth. This vital restoration can restore full strength and support for biting and chewing. Dental crowns are able to save many teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. In some cases, a root canal is needed to clear deep infection and decay, before the treated tooth is shaped and rebuilt with a crown. These restorations are also ideal options for teeth that have become cracked, broken, or unusually worn. In some cases, crowns are used for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to conceal a misshapen or severely discolored tooth. A well-made crown is virtually indistinguishable from nearby teeth, sharing the shine and shading characteristics of natural tooth enamel.
To place a traditional crown, Dr. Fling will need to prepare your tooth, shaping it to provide a stable base for your restoration. We will take detailed impressions of your teeth to create your custom dental crown. It typically takes about two weeks for your restoration to be ready, and we can provide a temporary while you wait. Once your permanent is ready, Dr. Fling will ensure it fits properly and meets all of your goals before securing it in place.
To help patients who have lost teeth, Dr. Fling also provides implant-supported restorations. Attached to a dental implant, a dental crown can replace a missing tooth. This restoration is specially created to attach to an implant post that has been surgically placed in the jawbone. The titanium post fuses to the jaw to form a sturdy, permanent foundation. For implant-supported crowns, Dr. Fling can provide provide a temporary crown for patients to wear during the healing process, then secure the final, permanent crown in place.
Dental implants provide the most secure base for prosthetic teeth and also help preserve jaw bone density. A significant degree of bone resorption usually accompanies tooth loss, and implants have been shown halt this process. This benefit is because implants act as an artificial root and send regenerative signals, preventing bone disintegration and shifts in other teeth.