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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Park Ridge IL Restorative Dentist

If you’re looking for a restorative dentist in Park Ridge, you need look no further than Beyond Smiles. Restorative dentistry is one of our specialties, and one of the procedures we’re often asked about is dental crowns. This commonly performed procedure is an excellent solution for many people dealing with varying types of dental damage.

What is a Dental Crown?

The two main components of each tooth are its root and crown. The crown is the part of the tooth that appears above the gum line. A dental crown is a prosthetic device that is attached to either a tooth or used as part of a dental implant. A crown can be implemented to repair a severely decayed or damaged tooth. The dental crowns at Beyond Smiles of Park Ridge are made to look and function just like your natural teeth.

What are Dental Crowns Made Of?

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of substances, but are most commonly made of porcelain, ceramic, glass, or various metal alloys. Some of the factors a dentist will use to determine which type crown is right for their patient include the position of their teeth, the color of the surrounding teeth, and the affected tooth’s condition.

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

Dental crowns have a variety of purposes. These include, among others:

  • Restoring and strengthening weak, decayed, chipped or broken teeth
  • Improving your smile by covering discolored, misshapen or crowded teeth
  • Providing needed support for a dental bridge

The Dental Crown Procedure

Before being cleared for a dental crown, your dentist will need to conduct a thorough examination of your tooth. Evidence of widespread decay in the tooth or a serious infection may necessitate a root canal or an alternative restoration. Once you are cleared for a dental crown, the procedure will begin.

First Visit

The tooth will first be prepared for the crown, which involves removing a layer of the outer surface. Once the tooth has been shaped, the dental team makes an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab where technicians prepare the permanent crown. Meanwhile, a temporary crown is applied so you can use the tooth while waiting for the permanent crown.

Second Visit

When you return to the dental office, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown is placed over the tooth. Your dentist will check for fit, comfort, and appearance. If everything is acceptable, the permanent crown is cemented in place.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

If properly cared for, a dental crown can last a lifetime, however many people will need to replace their crown after 5-10 years of wear. Taking great care of your teeth may help extend the lifespan of your crown. Proper care includes:

  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • Regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Avoiding hard and sticky foods like hard candies, ice, caramel and toffee

Your Restorative Dentist in Park Ridge

Our team is dedicated to providing you with a positive experience. If you have any other questions regarding dental crowns or the services provided by our office, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today to schedule your next dental examination or service consultation.

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