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URGENT MESSAGE TO PATIENTS: We have been following the news and information coming out about the novel virus COVID-19. After taking the last few days to assess the situation, we have decided to close for non-emergency appointments for the next two weeks. For the safety of our staff, patients, and also to help prevent the spread of this virus and keep our entire community healthy and safe, we feel this is the right thing to do. Due to the nature of our work, it is in everyone's best interest to do our part and make this hard decision so that we can help slow the transmission of this virus and flatten the curve. We are in a position to stop the critical spread before the government has made this decision for us because we believe it is our responsiblity to everyone in the community. We understand this a major inconvenience and will work to get you rescheduled as soon as possible. If you are having a toothache or emergency, please call our office and as long as you are healthy and showing no symptoms, we will see you on an emergency basis. If you have any of the symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, sneezing), or if you have been around anyone who has any of those symptoms, we will have to refer you to the local emergency room so they can take strong cautions to protect you from spreading the virus, while also treating your pain. We also believe that the masks and gloves that we would be using in our office for healthy patients receiving routine cleanings is irresponsible and should be donated to ER facilities so that they can you use them to fight this virus. We will be working hard to contact all patients currently in the schedule through March 26th. If you receive any e-mail or text reminders during that time for appointments, please know that was an accident. Please be patient with us as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Dental Crowns
Ann Arbor, MI

Sometimes, addressing issues with your teeth can be as simple and straightforward as placing a filling over the affected tooth. However, sometimes we here at Greashaber Dentistry meet a patient who has advanced dental concerns and needs more advanced treatment for it. When that happens, sometimes a dental crown may be exactly what is needed to help our patient get lasting relief from their pressing dental problem.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is often called a cap, as it covers the tooth like a little hat. There are three primary types of dental crowns that you may encounter at our office. These include gold crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and all-porcelain crowns. Depending on the location of the affected tooth, we may make a recommendation to you about the ideal type of crown for your tooth. A dental crown is a restorative dentistry procedure.

Rendering of dental crowns by Greashaber Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI.A gold crown is strong and durable, making it ideal for biting surfaces. However, we do not advise them for your visible front teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is a popular choice, as it is more affordable than a solid gold crown but is still attractive. This type of crown looks and feels like a real tooth. Some patients may not like this type of crown, though, as the metal components may become visible over time as your gums naturally recede.

Finally, all-porcelain crowns are a great choice for many of our patients, as they do not show any metal parts. While they do look entirely natural and do not reveal any metal, we prefer to place them over your front teeth. This is because porcelain, while durable and strong, can also be brittle. They may become prone to chipping and are therefore not advised for your back teeth.

Why is a Dental Crown Needed?

A dental crown may be necessary for many different reasons. Some of the more common reasons that we may need to place a crown in a patient’s mouth may include severe tooth decay, a broken or chipped tooth, a tooth that has serious staining or discoloration that is resistant to other treatment.

Teeth that are uneven in size or shape may also benefit from a dental crown. Sometimes a crown may be required if a tooth has undergone a root canal procedure, as it can help protect the affected tooth. A crown may be used with a dental bridge, and they can also be placed over a dental implant, as well.

Placing a Dental Crown

Getting a dental crown is a straightforward procedure. It may take several appointments to finalize your fitting, but this is to help ensure it is an excellent fit and comfortable for you. We begin by preparing your tooth for the crown, which can include removing any tooth decay or a small amount of your tooth to prepare the site for the crown.

We will then take a cast of your tooth, which will make sure your crown is a custom fit. This will go to our lab, who will then create your crown. You will be fitted with a temporary crown in the meanwhile. When your crown is ready, we will have you come in for a final fitting to make sure you are completely satisfied with it.

If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of dental crowns, or you are ready to schedule an appointment with us here at Greashaber Dentistry, please give us a call today at (734) 662-1113!
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1119 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3811

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