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Crowns are a great way to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures. Here at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, your dentists, Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik, are more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits.
What are dental crowns and why are they used?
Crowns are porcelain caps that your Naperville dentist uses to conceal aesthetic flaws, reinforce tooth structure and, as mentioned above, place over restorative procedures, such as root canals.
How are they placed?
Crowning takes two-to-three visits, and generally follows this outline:
- Your dentist will use an anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding area.
- Then, they shape the tooth to fit inside the crown using specialized tools.
- If little tooth structure is left, your dentist builds up with filling material to support the crown.
- An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental laboratory.
- Technicians use the impressions to make models of your teeth to create a crown.
- A temporary crown is attached to your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
- During your next visit, your permanent crown is attached with resin, and hardened with a curing light source.
How to Care for Crowns:
- Make sure you brush twice a day and floss before bed. A healthy oral regimen will reduce the risk of dental decay and the need for future crowns.
- Opt for a healthier diet to avoid exposing teeth to acid-producing bacteria that breakdown teeth, cause decay and, perhaps, other diseases like gum disease.
- If you suffer from bruxism (i.e. tooth grinding), wear a mouth guard or splints to increase the longevity of your crown.
Interested? Give Us a Call
For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for your smile, contact Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik in Naperville, IL, by dialing (630) 420-2800.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”