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dental crowns


When you need to restore or stabilize your teeth, a dental crown may be your best option. Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch at Faircourt Dental Smile Studio in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, creates custom-made crowns from high-quality materials that look and function just like your natural teeth. We DO NOT outsource. All of our laboratory crowns are custom-made by hand in the U.S. If you live in the Grosse Pointe area and need a dental crown, call the friendly team at Faircourt Dental Smile Studio.

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Crowns are often used to stabilize one’s bite.  Years of bruxing or teeth grinding can wear away valuable tooth structure which can lead to bite changes and pain in the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located underneath your ears where your lower jaw is attached to your head. This joint allows patients to move their mouth and jaw in multiple directions. If the TMJ is irritated, impaired, or weakened, it’s likely you’ll be diagnosed with temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
A common sign of TMD is migraines or recurrent headaches that cause moderate to severe pain. It’s typically described as a throbbing sensation and focused on one area of the head. Migraines may also stimulate nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. Fortunately, Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch has effective treatments for TMD and migraines. She’ll personally work with you to get to the root of the problem and find the best course of treatment for you.



What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is an artificial tooth that replaces or covers the part of your tooth that appears above the gumline. Dr. Stonisch may recommend a dental crown to save a decayed or broken tooth that might otherwise require extraction.


Dental crowns are also used to:

  • Strengthen a tooth weakened by decay or fillings
  • Fix a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth
  • Cap a dental implant
  • Cap a tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Stabilize a dental bridge
  • Hide a discolored or defective tooth
What are dental crowns made of?

At Faircourt Dental Smile Studio, Dr. Stonisch uses dental crowns made from a variety of materials, including:


  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Resin
  • Gold alloy
  • Nickel
What happens when I get a dental crown?

If you’re getting a dental crown to save a decayed tooth, Dr. Stonisch first removes all of the infected matter. After your tooth is cleaned, she fills and seals your tooth with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha stabilizes your tooth and protects it from bacteria.


Dr. Stonisch next reshapes your tooth so that it can accept the replacement crown. After taking impressions and determining the correct color for your new crown, she sends this information to our custom dental lab. In the meantime, you get an exquisite temporary dental crown to protect your tooth.

When your custom-designed crown is ready, Dr. Stonisch removes the temporary dental crown and cements the custom-designed dental crown in place.

If I am getting a bridge, do I still need a dental crown?

A dental bridge is a span of false teeth that has a crown on either end. The dental crowns need to be attached to abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap). Either natural teeth or dental implants can serve as abutment teeth.


If you’re using your natural teeth as abutment teeth, Dr. Stonisch reshapes these abutment teeth down so they can accept the dental crowns and stabilize the dental bridge. If you’re using dental implants as abutment teeth, the crowns on the dental bridge are placed over the implants.

If you have a broken, chipped, or missing tooth, contact the experts at Faircourt Dental Smile Studio to find out if a dental crown is the best solution for you — call us.