Lakeview & North Shore’s #1 Choice For Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown?



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.

Aftercare Tips

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).

What is a Dental Crown?



A dental crown is a tooth shaped restoration, often times called a “cap”, which rebuilds the tooth to optimal shape, size and function.

A crown may be needed for many reasons including:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking
  • Covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling and a small amount of remaining tooth structure
  • Holding together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restoring an already broken tooth or a tooth that is severely damaged by decay
  • Covering misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • After root canal therapy

What to Expect?



A dental crown is usually completed in two visits. At the first appointment, you will start by having impressions taken of the tooth. After that, the doctor removes any decay and makes room for the new crown. Once that is completed another impression will be taken and a temporary crown will is placed while your crown is being custom made by expert ceramists at the lab. This visit takes about an hour.

The second, shorter, appointment is scheduled for about 2 weeks later to deliver your permanent crown. At that visit the doctor will remove the temporary and replace it with the final, permanent, natural looking restoration bringing the tooth back to its ideal shape and size and restoring function.

What to Expect?



A dental crown is usually completed in two visits. At the first appointment, you will start by having impressions taken of the tooth. After that, the doctor removes any decay and makes room for the new crown. Once that is completed another impression will be taken and a temporary crown will is placed while your crown is being custom made by expert ceramists at the lab. This visit takes about an hour.

The second, shorter, appointment is scheduled for about 2 weeks later to deliver your permanent crown. At that visit the doctor will remove the temporary and replace it with the final, permanent, natural looking restoration bringing the tooth back to its ideal shape and size and restoring function.

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