What Are Dental Crowns?

Damage to your smile can cause you to feel self-conscious and have trouble eating or even speaking. However, a dental crown can help dental crownyou restore your damaged tooth to its full functionality, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile without a second thought. But what are dental crowns and what can they do for you? Find out more about crowns with Dr. Ademola Adekola Jr. at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL.

What is a crown? 
A dental crown fits over the top of a tooth, protecting its sides and crown on top of the gumline. Though it only physically touches the tooth above the gums, it also helps protect the tooth’s roots below the gumline by ensuring that the upper portion is protected from damage and stabilized against everyday use. Made from tooth-colored porcelain, the dental crown will blend right in with your natural teeth, ensuring your restoration renews your tooth subtly and discreetly.

When are dental crowns necessary? 
Your dentist may recommend a crown for several reasons, including:

  • stabilizing a compromised tooth against everyday use
  • restoring the biting surface of a tooth
  • holding a dental bridge in place
  • covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • restoring a broken tooth
  • protecting a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal

Dental Crowns in Chicago, IL 
A dental crown usually requires two separate dental appointments and the help of a dental laboratory to create the crown itself. The first visit will require your dentist to prepare your tooth to receive the crown by shaping it and removing parts of enamel. Then, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth using a clay mixture to send to the dental laboratory. The laboratory will design and create your crown based on this impression. After the laboratory sends your crown back to your dentist’s office, you will have a second appointment to fit and place the crown. In the meantime between appointments, your dentist may suggest wearing a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth. 

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Adekola at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 980-8900 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Adekola today!

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