Dental Crowns In Glendale Heights
Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework. While it helps make your teeth look better, a crown is not cosmetic. They strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again.
WHAT A CROWN CAN DO FOR YOU
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs a natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.
When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR A CROWN or “CAP”?
Crowning or capping a tooth is an important part of oral health. A crown, or cap, will take two to three visits with Glendale Heights Family Dental. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. First, it is shaped to fit inside the new covering. The tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed beforehand, and drilling will give the tooth a uniform shape. Sometimes there is very little tooth structure left to begin with and the tooth may have to be “built up” with filling material, rather than filed down, to support the crown.
After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken. Putty-like impression materials are used and sent to the dental laboratory.
There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown.
The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with a cement that is
cured with a special light to quickly create a bond.
Crowns require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.
GET STARTED ON YOUR CROWN TODAY!