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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.
If you've had a root canal or another restorative procedure, your tooth may need to be covered up. One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns, and your dentist in River Forest and Chicago, IL, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch, offer crowns and can tell you more about the benefits of crowns.
During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth.
More About Crowns
Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your River Forest and Chicago dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used for attaching bridges, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, covering dental implants and covering stained, or discolored teeth. Crowns reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.
Dental Crown Care
It goes without saying that you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss before bed. It's important to remove plaque to reduce the chances of cavity formation that deteriorates natural teeth and crowns. Some people suffer from bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding. Teeth grinding reduces crown lifespan, so make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard, or splints. Your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. Eat healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet. Water washes away food debris that may get stuck between teeth.
For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch in River Forest and Chicago, IL, as soon as possible.
Could you benefit from crowns or bridges? River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of 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.
What does restoring your smile mean? According to your dentists at Lynch Dental Center, crowns and bridges improve teeth and gums damaged by tooth decay, gum disease, dental abscess, and trauma to the mouth. Crowns cover teeth which have lost a substantial amount of enamel, and bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch use crowns and bridges for great smiles which help you eat, speak, and look your very best.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or composite resin cap which improves weakened tooth structure. For instance, if you have a large filling (or several of them) in a molar, Dr. Lynch can remove the damaged portion and shape it receive a custom-made dental crown. That crown will blend with surrounding teeth in color and size, and also it will strengthen the tooth, extending its usefulness and avoiding extraction.
Dr. Lynch will examine the tooth in question and X-ray it to make sure a crown is appropriate. Then oral impressions are taken and sent to a trusted dental lab. In the meantime, the patient wears a temporary restoration.
Upon returning to Lynch Dental Center, the dentist removes the temporary cap and bonds the new crown in place. Because of modern lab techniques and accurate impressions, most crowns fit and bite well immediately with little to no adjustment. With routine brushing and flossing and six-month cleanings and exams at Lynch Dental Center, a crown may last 10 years or even more.
What are bridges?
The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that bridgework reliably replaces one or more teeth with natural-looking and well-functioning pontic, or artificial, teeth. Many bridges receive support from porcelain crowns on opposite sides of the pontics. However, some bridgework may be anchored by dental implants inserted right into the jaw bone for optimal support.
The process for placing conventional bridgework in River Forest is similar to placing crowns:
- Oral examination and X-rays
- Oral impressions and instructions sent to the dental lab
- Preparation of the teeth to be crowned
- Bonding the appliance in place
And, of course, a great oral hygiene routine keeps bridgework in place and functioning for years. The American Dental Association emphasizes the importance of maintaining the gum line to avoid build-up of harmful plaque.
Don't live with missing or failing teeth
Crowns and bridges create completely healthy and beautiful smiles. Why not call Lynch Dental Center for a restorative dentistry consultation? For the River Forest location, call (708) 366-6411. For the Chicago, IL, office, phone (312) 263-3235.