A dental crown is essentially a cap for a damaged tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, such as metal or porcelain. The goal of a dental crown is to restore a damaged or missing tooth to its normal shape, size, and function.
Putting on dental crowns is one of the many dental services that we provide at Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center. Here is everything that you need to know about dental crowns.
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Problems Crowns Are Used For
If you have a large cavity that cannot be filled with a traditional filling, a crown is often the recommended route. In addition to cavities, our Lakeview dentist may recommend a crown for the following issues:
- Support a tooth that has a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Cover a dental implant
- Attach a bridge to replace missing teeth
- Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
Signs You Need a Crown
Sometimes a dental crown makes more sense than other dental procedures. If you’re noticing any of the following signs, it may be time for a crown.
- Broken or fractured teeth
- You feel like your teeth could use a cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Large fillings
- Your tooth has a root canal
- Your cavity fillings have become fractured
How The Procedure Works
It usually takes two visits to our dentist to complete the crown placement treatment. When a crown is placed over your natural teeth, the following steps are involved.
- Our dentist will prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion, including any decay so that the crown will properly fit.
- An impression is made to create an exact model of your tooth.
- To protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being constructed, a temporary crown is placed. It typically takes around two weeks for the crown to be made.
- At a follow-up visit, your dentist will place the permanent crown in your mouth and make the necessary adjustments.
Technology We Us in Deerfield and Lakeview
We use a hand-held digital itTero scanner to make a quick scan of patients’ teeth. Thus, no need for typical dental impressions.
To best preserve your dental crowns, you should follow these aftercare tips.
- Brush your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss every day
- Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects
- See your dentists for regular cleanings and exams
Get in Touch with a Deerfield and Lakeview Dentist for Your Dental Crown
Here at Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center, our Lakeview and Deerfield dentists specialize in dental crowns. Contact us at (773) 525-5545 (Lakeview) or (224) 282-8939 (Deerfield).