Did you know that the dental crown is actually where the art of cosmetic dental care and the science of restorative dentistry meet? If you have a tooth that is weak, heavily decayed and is losing its structure, repairing it will require something more than a simple filling. Fortunately, dental crowns are a particularly effective way to treat a tooth that has been weakened by damaged or infected with decay. A dental crown is great alternative to an extraction. It can strengthen traumatized teeth with a custom cover that will protect the interior tooth and help preserve its structural integrity. Esthetically, dental crowns are an ideal way to restore smiles that have been marred by discoloration, decay or any other cosmetic flaws. The teeth in question can be covered with custom-crafted crowns.
Dental Crown Procedure
If you need a dental crown, the procedure will require two appointments. During your first appointment, our dentists and dental assistants will offer you our many patient amenities and use anesthetic to numb the mouth. Your dentist will then remove all decayed and broken down tooth material, providing a post for the custom-made crown. Until the custom-made crown is completed, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown that will protect your original tooth from further decay.
Your next appointment will be scheduled two weeks after your first appointment, and it will again require an anesthetic. During this appointment, your custom-made dental crown will be fitted and molded to provide you with the comfort of your original tooth. Likewise, your custom-made dental crown will be reinforced to your original tooth structure using an industrial strength glue so that it will be capable of withstanding future use in the form of biting, chewing and the like. Once your custom-made dental crown has been reinforced and fitted, your appointment will be complete. Any numbness due to the anesthetic will wear off in approximately two to four hours. Food and drink may be consumed immediately after the procedure, but should be approached with caution due to numbness in the mouth.
Contact Our Office in Lincoln Park
If you’re in or near Chicago’s Lincoln Park and you need a dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentists and hygienists are here to address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you keep your smile bright. We look forward to hearing from you!