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Posts for: April, 2021

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
April 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns are hollow caps that fit over natural teeth. A crown is needed when a tooth is damaged or decayed. The crown strengthens and protects the affected tooth. A dental crown can also improve the appearance of a tooth with cosmetic imperfections, such as discolorations. Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, the skilled dentists at Carolyn Bronke Wind and Associates in La Grange, IL, can strengthen and improve your smile with dental crowns.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns look just like natural teeth but fit over them so the natural tooth is completely encased inside. Since they look natural, dental crowns blend in with the rest of your smile. Each crown is custom-made, as well, for the best look and fit.

Dental crowns can serve several purposes. A primary function is to strengthen teeth that are weak or damaged. Since the natural tooth is encapsulated inside, the crown gives the tooth a strong, new exterior. Additionally, biting and chewing activities are restored in teeth that were previously too weak and damaged to perform these functions. Dental crowns also protect teeth from enduring additional wear and tear.

Another purpose of dental crowns is to transform the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues. Teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, or misshaped can be given a flawless new look. Since the crown fits over the tooth, imperfections are hidden inside and only the unblemished exterior of the dental crown is visible.

Dental crowns can also restore smiles affected by tooth loss. A crown can be placed over a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. Crowns can also help fill in large gaps where several teeth are missing by holding a dental bridge in place.

There are so many ways dental crowns can help your smile, from strengthening it to improving its appearance. The experienced dentists at our office in La Grange, IL, can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns deliver multiple benefits to your smile. Some of the main benefits include:

  • Strengthen weak or damaged teeth
  • Protect teeth from further wear and tear
  • Restore biting and chewing functions
  • Improve the appearance of unattractive teeth
  • Fill in the gaps caused by tooth loss
  • Durable and long-lasting with proper care
  • Look completely natural

You might need a dental crown if you have a damaged or decayed tooth that is too weak to perform normal biting and chewing activities. Additionally, crowns could benefit your smile if you have teeth with cosmetic issues. To find out if a dental crown is needed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bronke or Dr. Castellanos, the exceptional dentists at Carolyn Bronke Wind and Associates in La Grange, IL, by calling (708) 354-1335.


WisdomTeethCanStillbeaProblemfortheWorldsYoungestBillionaire

According to Forbes Magazine, Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest billionaire at age 22. Daughter of Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner and Kris Jenner, Kylie is the founder and owner of the highly successful Kylie Cosmetics, and a rising celebrity in her own right. But even this busy CEO couldn't avoid an experience many young people her age go through each year: having her wisdom teeth removed.

At around 10 million removals each year, wisdom teeth extraction is the most common surgical procedure performed by oral surgeons. Also called the third molars, the wisdom teeth are in the back corners of the jaws, top and bottom. Most people have four of them, but some have more, some have fewer, and some never have any. They're typically the last permanent teeth to come in, usually between ages 17 and 25.

And therein lies the problem with wisdom teeth: Many times, they're coming in late on a jaw already crowded with teeth. Their eruption can cause these other teeth to move out of normal alignment, or the wisdom teeth themselves may not fully erupt and remain fully or partially within the gums (a condition called impaction). All of this can have a ripple effect, decreasing dental function and increasing disease risk.

As Kylie Jenner has just experienced, they're often removed when problems with bite or instances of diseases like tooth decay or gum disease begin to show. But not just when problems show: It's also been a common practice to remove them earlier in a kind of “preemptive strike” against dental dysfunction. But this practice of early wisdom teeth extraction has its critics. The main contention is that early extractions aren't really necessary from a medical or dental standpoint, and so patients are unduly exposed to surgical risks. Although negative outcomes are very rare, any surgical procedure carries some risk.

Over the last few years, a kind of middle ground consensus has developed among dentists on how to deal with wisdom teeth in younger patients. What has emerged is a “watch and wait” approach: Don't advise extraction unless there is clear evidence of developing problems. Instead, continue to monitor a young patient's dental development to see that it's progressing normally.

Taking this approach can lead to fewer early wisdom teeth extractions, which are postponed to a later time or even indefinitely. The key is to always do what's best for a patient's current development and future dental health.

Still, removing wisdom teeth remains a sound practice when necessary. Whether for a high school or college student or the CEO of a large company, wisdom teeth extraction can boost overall dental health and development.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth and their impact on dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wisdom Teeth: To Be or Not to Be?