Dental crowns are a common and effective way to restore a damaged or compromised tooth. However, if your dentist recommends a crown for one of your teeth, you may not fully understand what this means for you. Learn more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile and restore your teeth with Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo in La Grange, IL.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain dental restoration which fits on top of a tooth to surround it on all sides and the top. The crown protects teeth from future damage while restoring its biting surface and improving its appearance. A dental laboratory creates a dental crown from porcelain, which is color-matched to your natural teeth to ensure a seamless smile.
What can a dental crown do for my tooth?
Crowns serve many purposes, often covering a tooth with a large filling to help protect it from further damage. However, crowns can also help in other situations. Some common uses for crowns include:
- hold a permanent dental bridge in place
- cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- improve the appearance of a tooth
- stabilize a damaged tooth against everyday use
- protect a damaged tooth against further damage
How is a dental crown made?
Dental crowns require the expertise of a laboratory technician in a dental laboratory. The process takes about two weeks, during which you will probably wear a temporary crown. The technician carves the crown from a block of ceramic or porcelain based on an impression of your mouth taken by your dentist. Then, the technician color-matches the restoration to your dentist’s specifications and sends it back to your dentist’s office.
Dental Crowns in La Grange, IL
Consulting with your dentist is the most surefire way to determine if a dental crown is suitable for your needs. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Bronke and Dr. Puleo in La Grange, IL. Call (708) 354-1335 to schedule your appointment for a consultation for a dental crown with your dentist today!