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By Lynch Dental Center
March 17, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL. You can reach our office at 312-263-3235 for our Chicago office, and 708-366-6411 for our River Forest, IL, office.

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
April 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Could you benefit from crowns or bridges? River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch restorative dentistryof Lynch Dental Center share some commonly asked questions about crowns and bridgework.

What is the difference between crowns and bridges?

Crowns are hollow restorations custom-designed to fit over teeth. They're made of durable materials, such as porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth, or pontics, connected to crowns, known as abutments. The crowns fit over teeth on either side of the gap in your teeth and anchor the bridge in your mouth.

Before you receive a bridge or a crown, your tooth must be prepared. This ensures that the crown or bridge will fit correctly. Both crowns and bridges are created in dental laboratories and usually take about two weeks to complete. While you wait for your new restoration, you'll wear a temporary crown or bridge.

How can a bridge help me?

Bridges improve your smile by filling the gap in your teeth, but that's not their only benefit. The little things you take for granted, such as biting into a crisp apple, can become very difficult after you've lost a tooth or two. Bridges restore your ability to chew easily and also prevent your other teeth from drifting, a problem that often occurs after tooth loss.

When are crowns recommended?

We may recommend crowns during your visit to our River Forest or Chicago office if you have:

  • Imperfections: Pitted or discolored teeth, or other small flaws, disappear when crowns are added to your teeth.
  • Shape or Length Issues: An unusually shaped or short tooth can affect your appearance and your bite. Crowns lengthen teeth and improve the way they look
  • A Fragile Tooth: Teeth can become fragile if they're cracked, brittle or have undergone certain dental procedures, such as a root canal or a large filling. Crowns prevent fragile teeth from fracturing.
  • A Fracture: Fractured teeth are often painful and impair your ability to chew comfortably. Fortunately, crowns offer an effective way to restore your tooth and eliminate pain caused by exposure of the broken ends to the air.

Crowns and bridges offer a versatile solution to many common dental problems. If you're interested in a crown or bridge, schedule an appointment with Drs. John, Sheila or Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center by calling (708) 366-6411 for the River Forest, IL, office or (312) 263-3325 for the Chicago office.