Restorative & Cosmetic Dental Crowns in Valparaiso

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Dentistry offers more options to help you restore your teeth and maintain optimum oral health. One of the most effective and esthetic restorative dental options is a dental crown. Your teeth are exposed to harsh acidic products and are subjected to heavy bite forces where they can become worn, chipped, or fractured. Over a lifetime many teeth are comprised of large fillings and these teeth are vulnerable to fracturing and need to be protected with a dental crown. Dental crowns have the advantage of providing a both a functional and cosmetic dental solution for optimal oral health.

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Dr. Drone is a native of Wheatfield, IN and has been practicing dentistry since 2003 and opened his private practice in Valparaiso, IN in 2007. Dr. Drone earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned his advanced specialty degrees in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Medicine.

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Functional & Cosmetic Characteristics

Dental crowns restore strength and can protect against future damage and breakdown of the compromised teeth by encircling the entire tooth from the biting surface and sides of the teeth down to the gums, hence the nickname “cap.” Crowns are made of safe and biocompatible materials and can be made of gold, metal, porcelain-fused-to-gold, and all ceramic materials like Emax or zirconia. Our dental crowns are custom designed from the finest materials by our state-of-the-art dental laboratory to provide longevity and are indistinguishable from your natural existing teeth. Many times patients lack self-confidence due to severely discolored teeth from decay, silver fillings, trauma or genetics and dental crowns frequently are the recommended cosmetic dental solution to enhance the appearance of a single tooth, multiple teeth or smile make-over. Our ceramists enjoy meeting our patients and providing custom shade matching for your new crown.

Indications You Need a Dental Crown

  • Tooth with extensive dental decay
  • Tooth fractured by trauma
  • Tooth with large fillings
  • Root canal treated tooth
  • Discolored tooth
  • Restore an unstable bite
  • Tooth wear
  • Patients with large gaps between teeth
  • Improve contour of misaligned tooth

If one is not proactive in treating any of the above examples then the teeth are at a high risk of being lost. Replacing a missing tooth is usually more expensive and there can be a consequence of achieving an optimal outcome. Dental crowns are one of the most effective restorative dental options to protect and strengthen a compromised tooth and with the custom shade matching from our dental laboratory technicians, the crown blends flawlessly with the natural teeth.

Dental Crown Benefits

Dental crowns offer several benefits over other cosmetic treatment options. When a tooth is affected by wear, cracks, fractures, large dental fillings or severe decay a routine dental filling or dental bonding is inferior to a dental crown. Crowns are the strongest dental material to protect compromised teeth and to restore an unstable bite. Teeth that are severely discolored due to trauma, genetics, and large silver fillings do not respond with teeth whitening products and dental crowns are an excellent dental option to improve your cosmetic appearance and your self-confidence. Fillings and dental bonding are made of resins and can stain and discolor, but crowns are resistant to stains. Dental crowns can provide a long lasting outcome and ultimately help you look and feel healthier, live better, improve your self-esteem.

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Trust a Prosthodontist for Superior Dental Crown Outcomes

Dental materials are ever changing and improving, but the clinical skills and knowledge of the dentist makes a significant difference in every outcome in dentistry. Prosthodontics is a recognized dental specialty by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists have advanced education and training with expertise in: cosmetic dentistry, dental materials, designing of crowns, review of literature, advanced technology, state-of-the-art techniques, and extensive training in clinical and dental laboratory procedures. Dr. Michael Drone is a prosthodontist and his knowledge and skills aid him in selecting the best material for you whether it is for a dental crown, dental bridge, dental implants, dentures, removable partial dentures, dental bonding and fillings, or for specialized TeethXpress implant dentistry. Michael Drone Dentistry has a well-known reputation for providing excellent dentistry for patients and you will see that our dental crowns will provide you with a superior result.

The Dental Crown Process

Dr. Drone and his dental technicians will take photos of your teeth and draft a personalized sketch to capture the shape of your tooth and all the colors required to make your custom crown look life-like. Dr. Drone will gently apply anesthetic and then proceed to reshape and polish your tooth. An impression will be taken by using one of our three state-of-the-art digital impression scanners. The impression takes just a few short minutes. These digital scans will instantly be sent to our dental laboratory computers. From there, our talented dental technicians will begin designing your crown. Within a few weeks, your custom designed crown will be hand-crafted to blend flawlessly with your natural teeth. In the meantime, a temporary crown is fabricated to cover and protect your tooth while the new crown is being fabricated. When you return for the delivery of your crown, Dr. Drone will evaluate the color, shape and fit of your new custom designed crown. A dental x-ray is always taken to verify the precise fit before the crown is permanently cemented.

Dental Crown Candidates

Dental crowns are one of several restorative treatments specific dental concerns. Crowns function to protect and preserve your oral health and restore your confidence in your smile. Candidates requiring a dental crown must have good general and oral health. Dr. Drone is a prosthodontist with extensive knowledge and training in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and restorative dentistry and is a recognized in Northwest Indiana for creating dental solutions for dental concerns.

During a consultation with you can learn more about whether you are a good candidate for a crown or if there is another dental restorative option that can serve your unique dental needs. We invite you to contact Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics today at 219.462.2564.

Services Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics Offers

Implant Dentistry

Single Tooth Replacement

Multiple Teeth Replacement

Dental Implant Crowns

Dental Implant Bridges

Implant Dentures

Sleep Apnea Therapy

Cosmetic Dentistry

Ceramic Inlays & Onlays

Professional Teeth Whitening

Aesthetic Dental Bonding

Porcelain Veneers

Dental Cleaning Exams

Oral Hygiene and Care

Gum Disease Treatment

Bruxism & TMJ Therapy

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Tooth Extractions

Dental Fillings

Dental Crowns


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Professional Involvement

We work with a dedicated team of professionals to make sure that your experience is the absolute best it can be. From our friendly front office staff, the assistants who work closely with Dr. Drone, our hygiene staff that helps our patients walk away with beautifully clean teeth and easy-to-understand dental knowledge, to the other specialists we are honored to work with; our knowledgeable dental staff will care for you every step of the way.

Exemplary Patient Outcomes

We understand the importance of having a healthy, comfortable bite. We are able to provide each patient with excellent quality restorative dental solutions. An in-office consultation will allow us to diagnose and determine how your unique needs can best be met through our restorative dental options.

Our office is conveniently located in Valparaiso, IN. Many of our patients are from the surrounding Northwest Indiana areas: Valparaiso, Chesterton, Portage, Hobart, Merrillville, Schererville, Kouts, Highland, Munster, La Porte, Michigan City, South Bend, and Crown Point. Patients also travel from Chicago, Ohio and Southwest Michigan.