Dental Crowns in Loves Park IL
A dental crown is a protective cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. A crown is protective restoration for a damaged tooth. The dental crowns, when cemented into place, completely cover the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line.
At Riverside Dental Center, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle and compassionate care that you deserve from your dentist in Loves Park. We collectively focus on making you feel at ease by providing you exceptional care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. Our team goal is to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and caring staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. We also emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is so important to keep your mouth healthy and how to exercise daily hygiene to accomplish it. We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of a dental crown for you and your smile.
When we examine the crowns of your teeth, we are referring to the part of your teeth that shows above the gumline. When this exposed part becomes damaged, a dental crown sits on the tooth to help protect the remaining natural tooth structure. Dental crowns are shaded to match the color of your teeth and can be made using a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or resin.
Riverside Dental Center will recommend placing a dental crown when your tooth is damaged by decay, cracking, or significant fractures. Dental crowns are also used to improve the look of an unsightly tooth or protect a weak tooth.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
A dental crown may be beneficial in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together a cracked tooth.
- To restore a tooth that has been severely worn down or broken.
- To cover and protect a tooth with a large filling.
- To support for a dental bridge.
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
- The restorative crown on a dental implant.
- To make a cosmetic improvement.
For your child, a dental crown may be used to:
- Save a tooth that has been damaged by decay and cannot support a filling.
- Protect a tooth at risk for tooth decay, especially if your child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
- To minimize dental procedures if your child is unable to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.
The Different Materials Used for a Dental Crown
Different kinds of materials can be used in crowns, including:
- composite resin
- a combination of these materials
For example, you may have a porcelain crown that is fused to metal, as opposed to an all-porcelain crown.
When selecting the best material for your crown, your team at Riverside Dental Center will consider the following factors:
- The location of the tooth in your mouth.
- How much of the tooth is visible during your smile.
- The health of your gum tissue.
- The functionality of the tooth that needs the crown.
- How much of the natural tooth is remaining.
- The color of the surrounding teeth.
You can also share with our team if you have a personal preference.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure usually requires two visits, the first visit includes examining and preparing the tooth, the second involves the placement of the permanent crown.
For the preparation, we take x-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has had extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection to the pulp, we may need to perform a root canal treatment first.
Before we begin creating the crown, Riverside Dental Center will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the immediate gum tissue. Next, we remove some enamel of the tooth to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown.
After the reshaping of the tooth is finished, we make an impression of the tooth. This impression might be made with a digital scanner. Impressions of the neighboring teeth are included to make sure that the crown will not alter your bite alignment. We will also select the shade that matches the color of your neighboring teeth.
The impressions or scans are sent to a dental lab where the crown will be fabricated. The crown is usually returned to Riverside Dental Center in a few short weeks. At the first visit we will have sent you home with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic and are secured in place with a temporary cement.
At the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and confirm the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
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Life Expectancy of a Dental Crown
The life span of a dental crown is relative to a variety of different variables. If you are practicing a good oral hygiene routine twice daily and avoiding any foods that can crack the crown, your dental crown could last several decades. The average is between 5-15 years, but some dental crowns can easily last up to 30 years with proper maintenance.
Superior Dentistry with A Personal Touch
The entire team at Riverside Dental Center believes that you should have sufficient information to make educated and informed decisions about your oral health, treatment options, and the choice of your dentist in Loves Park. You will find all this essential information on our website, including directions to our Loves Park office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources, and more.
We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for your dream smile. Let us smile together.