While there are countless dental procedures for countless dental problems, saving the tooth’s natural structure is usually your dentist’s number one concern. In many cases, it would be impossible to save and protect a damaged tooth if not for dental crowns. Learn more about how dental crowns can help protect your smile with help from your Des Plaines, IL dentist at Suburban Family Dental.
How do dental crowns work?
A dental crown fits over the top of a tooth, completely encircling it. The crown’s structure allows it to protect a damaged tooth from all sides while keeping the tooth’s natural root intact. The first step of the procedure itself involves your dentist taking a mold of your mouth. A dental laboratory uses the mold to customize the dental crown, shaping it out of a block of ceramic. Since the laboratory needs time to create the restoration, your dentist places a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent restoration is complete.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Dental crowns benefit you in numerous situations, including:
- to protect a damaged tooth
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- to protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- to change the appearance of a misshapen or heavily discolored tooth
- to cover a dental implant, which replaces the tooth’s root
- to secure a dental bridge in place
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown prevents your tooth from requiring extraction and the side effects of a missing tooth, which can include bone atrophy, an effect on your bite and moving teeth. Dental crowns restore the bite’s surface, making eating and chewing less difficult. Crowns also protect a tooth from further damage. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a smile to be proud of is priceless. Dental crowns give your teeth a new, beautiful appearance, boosting confidence and giving you the smile you deserve.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Roman Dziubyk, DDS, Dr. Marc Miller, DDS, and Dr. Lorelei Grise’, DDS at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. Call (847) 640-0778 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!