A dental crown is a common type of dental restoration that’s been used for many years. Often referred to as a cap, a crown caps a natural tooth to protect, strengthen, or improve the appearance of the tooth. While temporary crowns can be pre-made or made out of a plastic material made to last a short while, a permanent crown is made within a lab and made with a porcelain or zirconia material to fit the exact shape of the tooth.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
Many dental situations may require a restoration with dental caps and crowns. Some of the most common reasons you may need a dental crown include:
- Large filling: When a tooth has a cavity requiring a filling the size of half the width of the tooth or larger, a crown is needed to cover it to offer strength and support to the tooth. In some cases, a large filling that’s been in place for some time may need to be replaced with a dental crownif the tooth begins showing cracks and stress around that filling, otherwise the tooth may fracture after biting into food.
- Broken cusps: Trauma and large fillings can result in cusps (a corner) breaking off teeth. Since this part of the tooth takes a high level of stress when you’re chewing, a crown is needed to cover the tooth to prevent further fracturing.
- Excessive wear: Excessive wear can be the result of grinding or acid erosion due to acid reflux. This can cause the enamel to wear away, collapsing the bite, and crowns may be needed to restore these teeth.
- Cracked tooth syndrome: Fractures inside of the tooth can cause pain during chewing. Adding a crown can help hold the tooth together and eliminate this pain in many cases.
- Root canal: A root canal involves hollowing the tooth, making it susceptible for cracking. After a root canal, a tooth must be restored with a crown to keep it protected from fracture.
- Undesirable appearance: If patients are unhappy with spaces between teeth or the shape or color of a tooth, cosmetic dental crownscan be used to offer a beautiful, natural-looking appearance.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Some of the benefits a dental crown can offer patients include:
- Holding together broken or cracked teeth to avoid tooth removal
- Adding width or length to a misshapen tooth
- Providing additional support to teeth that may be damaged due to tooth decay
- Cover tooth discolorations for an improved smile
- Protection for teeth that are worn down
- Provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms such as tooth pain
- Custom-made to fit your mouth and look natural with your smile
- Long-lasting (longer than fillings), durable restorations
The Dental Crown Procedure
Our state-of-the-art office offers crowns in 1 appointment. During the appointment, the tooth is prepared for the crown, a digital impression is taken and transferred to a computer. Your new tooth is designed and sent to a milling unit similar to a 3-D printer. You can watch as your crown is being made by tiny robots.. We will try it in, check for the right color match and cement the crown the same day.
The materials that are used are the same strength and brand as those that are made in a lab. We use high grade porcelain and zirconia. If you are concerned about materials due to a possible sensitivity, we can customize your treatment with a biocompatibility test to ensure that the crown and cement materials are suitable for your body. If you have additional questions, please call us!
Wrigleyville Dental — Your Holistic Dental Practice in Chicago
Wrigleyville Dental is one of the few holistic dental practices in the Chicago area. Meaning, we focus on your oral health as well as your overall health. We offer oral care to prevent problems from occurring, and we work with other health care professionals to coordinate your treatment for whole-body care. Caring for your oral health has the potential to improve your overall health, and our practice’s goal is to improve patient health with quality dental care.
Contact Wrigleyville Dental Today!
If you need a dental crown and you’re looking for a holistic dental practice in Chicago that cares about your whole health, call 773-975-6666 or contact us online today.