A dental crown is a restoration that acts as a cap to cover a tooth that has been damaged or decayed. The crown of your tooth is the part that sits above the gum line. Chipped teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth can be restored and strengthened with a dental crown. Additionally, if you have a single stained or discolored tooth, a dental crown can be matched to the rest of your smile. Custom dental crowns also cap off dental implants and serve as a prosthetic tooth.
Chicago dentists Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein have years of training to design and fit custom dental crowns. They ensure that the look and feel of your dental restoration will balance out your smile.
Dental Crown Treatment
Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will thoroughly examine the teeth and gums to determine the best treatment plan for addressing damage or decay. Once the treatment plan is finalized, they will prepare the teeth for the placement of a dental crown by removing enough of the natural tooth structure for a secure fit. They will then place a temporary tooth cap on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to Premier Dentistry for the final fitting of your permanent crown.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are cosmetic restorations made of porcelain, metal, or composite resin that are bonded to damaged teeth that have multiple cusps such as molars. An inlay remains inside the cusps, or outer edges, on top of the tooth, while an onlay extends over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. During a consultation, Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will let you know if your tooth damage can be addressed with a dental crown or inlays and onlays.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
We will ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible during your dental crown treatment. At Premier Dentistry, we also offer sedation dentistry options when needed. Although it is normal to experience some sensitivity following treatment, this should subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Yes, dental crowns can come loose due to tooth damage or decay. During routine dental visits, Dr. Stein or Dr. Brand will monitor the condition of your dental crown. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, please contact us right away. We will help you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Even if you have severely damaged or broken teeth, you are a good candidate for dental crowns if you have your tooth root intact. If you have missing teeth, you can receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges which can be capped off with dental crowns. Prior to a dental crown or implant treatment, we will ensure that any decay or infection is removed first. We will always thoroughly examine your teeth and gums before recommending treatment.
Call Our Chicago, IL Dental Office
Request a consultation with Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein online or call Premier Dentistry at 312.481.6859. We look forward to helping you restore your smile and improve your long term dental health.