Learn more about this popular dental restoration and how it can benefit your smile.
No matter whether you are about to get a dental crown from our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch or you are just curious to learn more about this popular dental restoration, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top questions about dental crowns, answered!
Q. What is a dental crown?
A. A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is designed to cover an existing tooth structure all the way to the gums to protect it from further damage. A crown ends up becoming the new outer surface of a tooth and is designed to restore functionality and strength.
Q. Why is a crown used?
A. If you are dealing with a tooth that is weak or damaged, whether from decay, infection, or an injury, our doctors may recommend getting a dental crown to preserve and also to protect the tooth. The sooner you get a dental crown the better when it comes to preventing further damage to the weakened tooth.
Of course, a dental crown is also used to improve the shape, size, or color of a tooth. If a tooth is severely discolored or misshapen, a crown can cover the tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns are also used to cover dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Q. How is a crown placed?
A. Crowns are custom-made based on measurements taken of your mouth. This ensures that the crown will be able to fit over the tooth and not alter or affect your bite. Here are the steps involved in getting a crown:
- Preparation of the tooth is completed under local anesthesia.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to a dental lab where they will create your crown.
- A temporary crown is placed over the tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
- You’ll come back to our office to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown cemented into place.
Q. How long does a crown last?
A. You play an integral part in the longevity of your restoration. It’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene and protect the crown from damage. In most cases, a crown lasts about 10 years. Of course, crowns can also last longer.
Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, is here to answer any of your questions regarding the dental treatments we offer. If you want to find out if a dental crown could restore your smile then call us today to learn more.