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At Lynch Dental Center, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch use crowns and bridges to restore patient smiles. Crowns and bridges are custom restorations that can replace teeth to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Keep reading about crowns and bridges and contact your dentist in the Chicago Loop or River Forest, IL, if you have missing or compromised teeth.


Dental crowns can rescue teeth that have been compromised by trauma like a chip or crack, or teeth that have a significant amount of decay. First, any decay is drilled away from the tooth so only natural and healthy tooth structure remains. If there is a chip or crack, the tooth will be shaved down to the point where the structure won't be affected by the crack.

The remaining tooth is sculpted so there is room for the crown around it. Finally, a crown is cemented in place on top of the tooth to replace it. Crowns are custom milled from ceramic material and match your smile beautifully. Call your dentist in the Chicago Loop or River Forest, IL, and we may be able to save that tooth with a crown!

Crowns can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to completely replace a missing tooth. First, an implant post is placed during minor surgery and you heal for a period of several weeks. Once you have healed a permanent crown is placed to match your smile perfectly.


Bridges are custom made to look like multiple teeth and can completely replace missing teeth with a crown on either end of the restoration. If you are missing a tooth and the teeth on either side are strong enough, they can be fitted with crowns. A bridge completely replaces the tooth in the middle without surgery! To see if bridgework is the best tooth-replacement method for you, call your dentist in the Chicago Loop or River Forest, IL.

Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch can help restore your smile with crowns and bridges. If you have missing or compromised teeth. Contact Lynch Dental Center for an appointment in the Chicago loop at (312) 263-3235 and in River Forest, IL, at (708) 366-6411.

By Lynch Dental Center
August 06, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’ve got damaged teeth or you’re missing multiple teeth, crowns and bridgework can help restore your smile to what it once was. Crowns and bridges from Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch at Lynch Family Dentistry, your dentists in Chicago Loop and River Forest, IL, can help restore your smile and give you a smile that you’ll feel comfortable showing off again!

How Crowns And Bridges Can Benefit You

When you have a totally damaged tooth, one of the best ways to restore that tooth is with a dental crown from your dentist in Chicago Loop and River Forest, IL. A crown is designed to cover your tooth fully to the gumline and protect it from enduring any further damage or decay. This will also allow you to eat comfortably again without needing to avoid certain parts of your mouth.

When you’re missing one or multiple teeth, that’s where crowns and bridges come together to complete your smile. Bridges are made of at least three crowns and can replace one or more teeth that you may be missing. If you’re missing one, crowns are placed over your healthy teeth surrounding the missing tooth to hold the bridge in place. These crowns can match your smile in shape and size, and even color depending on the material you choose for your smile.

When you receive crowns and bridgework, it’s important to care for them just as you would a natural tooth. You should be sure to brush and floss daily to remove any plaque that may build up and cause decay and infection. It’s also even more important to schedule your regular dental cleanings so that your dentist can keep an eye on your crowns and bridges and ensure that no adjustments need to be made.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Don’t let damaged or missing teeth stop you from feeling comfortable with your smile. Restore your smile with crowns and bridgework! Contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch at Lynch Family Dentistry, your dentists in Chicago Loop and River Forest, IL, today at (312) 263-3235 for the office in Chicago, IL, and (708) 366-6411 for the office in River Forest, IL.

By Lynch Dental Center
December 29, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Ever bite down and hear a cracking noise? A weak tooth succumbs to the pressures of biting and chewing. Whether you have a large filling, untreated decay, abscess, or poor shape and size, a porcelain crown could restore that tooth. At Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and Rain Forest, IL, your dentists use crowns to complete and strengthen smiles. Just ask Drs. John, Sheila, or Frances Lynch if you qualify.

You have 32 teeth

And, you should keep them all for life. Every one of them is important. However, sometimes extractions threaten tooth loss. To avoid the jaw bone changes and negative smile appearance caused by extraction, consider restoring your tooth with a dental crown.

Today's dental crowns are very lifelike in color, shape, and durability. In fact, modern porcelain flexes with the forces of biting and chewing and is highly fracture resistant. Also, your Rain Forest IL dentist ensures your tooth is a good candidate for this restoration through careful examination and X-ray imaging. In other words, if Dr. Lynch recommends a crown, you can count on a healthy, beautiful smile for many years.

The crown procedure

Your dentist will shape and size your tooth so it receives its crown properly. Depending on the location of the tooth, you may wear a temporary crown until your permanent one returns from the dental lab. When it does, Dr. Lynch will remove the temporary one and bond the new one over your tooth with a light-sensitive, permanent cement.

Our Chicago and Rain Forest, IL, patients enjoy crowns that blend excellent functionality with superior smile aesthetics. Unlike old-style metal crowns, porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from your other healthy teeth. So, you can smile, laugh, speak, and eat with total confidence.

Crown benefits

1. Your tooth will look and feel brand-new. Few patients experience dental sensitivity after their crown procedures, and if it does happen, it typically resolves quickly, reports

2. You treat your crowned tooth just like your others. Brush and floss daily, and keep up with your six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in Chicago or Rain Forest, IL.

3. Be gentle with your restoration. Chewing ice cubes, taffy or your pencil eraser can compromise the integrity of your crown.

4. Expect to have your crown last for 10 to 20 years or even more.

5. Crowns support multi-tooth bridges, cover teeth spared by root canal therapy, and restore dental implants as well.

6. Porcelain is highly biocompatible.

7. ShareCare reports that crowns are very common because they present an excellent solution for teeth with multiple fillings or substantial amounts of missing enamel.

Contact us

At Lynch Dental Center, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch, and Dr. Sheila Lynch offer the finest crown restorations. To learn more, call for a consultation with one of these expert dentists. Look good and feel just great with a sparkling dental crown. Phone (312) 263-3235 for our Chicago, IL, office. For the River Forest location, call (708) 366-6411.

By Lynch Dental Center
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so you want to be able to put your best smile forward. If your teeth are less than perfect, flawed with chips and cracks, discolored, or worn down, dental veneers can provide you with a complete smile make-over so you can flash your pearly whites with confidence. Dr. John P. Lynch, Dr. Sheila E. Lynch, and Dr. Frances E. Lynch are dentists at Lynch Dental Center in Chicago, where they provide fill dental services including porcelain veneers.

What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a thin but durable porcelain sheath that is shaped to fully cover the front of a tooth. They can be customized to match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth. To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Lynch will remove one millimeter of enamel from the surface of your tooth then make an impression to send to the lab where your permanent veneers will be made. Dr. Lynch will fit temporary veneers until you return to the office to have your porcelain veneers fitted one to two weeks later. Once your permanent veneers have been fitted, Dr. Lynch will adjust them for your personal comfort.

Who Are Good Candidates for Veneers?

Chicago dental patients who have the following dental issues are good candidates for dental veneers:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Minor gaps between teeth
  • Minor overcrowding
  • Problems with your bite

Veneers can make a dramatic change to your smile and your personal, work, and social life. Don’t hide your smile any longer. If you would like to find out more about veneers, schedule an appointment with River Forest Dental Center today. Call our River Forest office on (708) 366-6411 or our Chicago office on (312) 263-3235.

By Lynch Dental Center
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you truly pleased with your smile? If you're like many Americans, you may feel embarrassed by the worn color of your yellow, dull teeth. Fortunately, here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago IL, your dentists offer professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service that brightens teeth by several shades in a single treatment. Led by Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch, read on to learn how our team can rejuvenate your smile with this popular cosmetic dentistry option.

How dental stains happen

When you consume highly pigmented foods and beverages, your tooth enamel literally absorbs the dark colors, and when combined with the passage of time and poor oral hygiene, it is inevitable that unattractive organic matter will accumulate on your enamel. Furthermore, even the best brushing and flossing habits won't remove this material, and neither will retail mouthwashes or whitening toothpastes.

Unfortunately, surface, or extrinsic stains, eventually become intrinsic stains, reports Dentistry IQ. Stubborn discolorations permanently change how you look and feel when you smile.

Would you like to rejuvenate your smile?

Professional teeth whitening is today's most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatment, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Economical and quick, whitening is available as an in-office treatment, accomplished in just one hour by your dentist here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL. Conversely, you can choose convenient at-home whitening if you would prefer to brighten your smile on your own time. Both use hydrogen peroxide gel to lifts stains right out of the enamel matrix.

In-office whitening takes just one visit and brightens teeth by many shades, up to eight, in fact. At-home whitening applies a less concentrated peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays. These snugly-fitting trays place the gel right where it's needed for a prescribed length of time every day for a week. Results are just as spectacular as the in-office version.

Maintaining a beautiful smile

After you complete your whitening, you can maintain your new look indefinitely by:

  1. Brushing twice a day for a full two minutes, as endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  2. Flossing once a day to remove plaque and keep your gums healthy
  3. Receiving whitening touch-ups as necessary at Lynch Dental Center
  4. Limiting the intake of coffee, tea, and colas
  5. Buffering acidic foods with cheese or bread
  6. Quitting all tobacco products
  7. Seeing Dr. Lynch twice a year for a check-up and cleaning

Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today

Cosmetic dentistry is booming, and the results from teeth whitening prove why. Please contact the team at Lynch Dental Center for a friendly evaluation. Phone our River Forest office at (708) 366-6411, or for the Chicago location, dial (312) 263-3235.