Dental crowns could be the missing piece that improves the appearance of your smile and the functioning of your bite.
At Pearly Whites Dentistry in Schaumburg, Illinois, the highly trained dentists provide crowns, bridges, and a range of other effective dental treatment options. Ceramic crowns are available as a discreet, sturdy, and natural-looking option. Learn more about crowns by booking an appointment online or calling Pearly Whites Dentistry today.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns can alter and enhance the size, appearance, and shape of damaged teeth and protect your teeth from further decay, damage, and infection. Dental crowns cover your tooth like a cap to restore broken, chipped, discolored, or cracked teeth.
Crowns are an excellent way to restore functionality to your bite and improve the look of your smile. They can be made from different materials, such as metal and ceramic, and are specially designed to blend in with your natural teeth and offer extra support. Pearly Whites Dentistry offers many types of crowns, including ceramic crowns as a sturdy option yielding impressive natural-looking results.
What does a dental crown procedure involve?
A dental crown procedure typically involves at least two office visits, but some crowns may be fitted in fewer visits. During your initial appointment, your Pearly Whites Dentistry professional takes X-rays and discusses the procedure in detail, so you know what to expect.
Impressions of your teeth are made and sent to a dental lab where your custom crown is constructed by a qualified lab technician. In the meantime, your dentist fabricates a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth.
When your crown is ready, you return to the Pearly Whites Dentistry office and your dentist carefully cements it in place. A local anesthetic is used to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue before your dentist files down or builds up your tooth to allow your new crown to fit properly.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Your Pearly Whites dentist might recommend a dental crown to:
- Cover a dental implant
- Fix and protect a chipped, damaged, or broken tooth
- Hold a dental bridge securely in place
- Improve the appearance of a badly shaped or discolored tooth
To prevent tooth decay, it’s essential you maintain good dental hygiene. The crown can’t decay, but the edge where your crown meets your tooth can. You should keep your crowns clean and stay on track with your important preventive care, regular professional dental cleanings, and self-care and dental hygiene at home.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis consisting of an artificial tooth connected to a set of crowns. Dental bridges are used to fill a gap left by one or more missing teeth.
Bridges can be derived from different materials, such as alloys, gold, porcelain, or a combination. They are either supported by implants or your natural teeth and are designed to blend in with your smile.
If you’re interested in enhancing your dental health with crowns or a bridge, call Pearly Whites Dentistry or schedule online today.