Dental crowns renew the strength and structure of failing teeth. If you have a tooth with a large crack or multiple fillings, or you think you have a deep cavity or even an infection, talk to your Naperville general dentist, Dr. Joon Sun. Her years of experience in all phases of restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentistry will benefit that worrisome tooth and get it solidly functional and attractive again.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that beautifies and strengthens a tooth injured by oral trauma, decay, infection or congenital malformation. Dental crowns also support artificial teeth in a conventional bridge, and dentists use them to restore dental implants, the most popular and durable tooth replacement option.
A tried and true restoration, the porcelain crown was first developed and placed back in 1903, says the American Dental Association. Since then, research and millions of placements have perfected the art and science of dental crowns.
Beautiful and realistic dental grade porcelain is the most popular crown material. However, dentists also use porcelain fused to metal combinations to craft crowns. If you need a crown, Dr. Sun will help you decide what material will prove best for the location of your tooth and for your family budget, too.
The treatment process
To evaluate your tooth for a crown, your Naperville general dentist will visually inspect the tooth and the gum tissue. She'll also use digital X-ray imaging to examine the tooth below the gum line and to look at your jaw bone.
With a decision made to go ahead with the restoration, Dr. Sun will inject the area around the tooth to numb it and then proceed to remove the decayed and damaged enamel. If warranted, she'll perform root canal therapy to remove infected interior pulp. However, most crown procedures do not require this treatment.
After removing the damaged portions, Dr. Sun will shape the tooth so the crown fits snugly. Oral impressions show the dental lab how to custom-fabricate the restoration. Typically, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the shaped tooth while the lab makes the permanent crown.
When you return to White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun will remove the temporary crown and permanently bond the new one in place, making minor adjustments to achieve perfect fit and bite. With twice daily brushing and flossing at home and six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Sun, your crown should last for a decade or even more. To improve longevity, wear a mouth guard to cushion your teeth if you habitually clench or grind them.
Find out more
Your tooth can be stronger, more beautiful and last for years with a dental crown from your general dentist, Dr. Sun. Call her Naperville office today for a consultation, and get your questions answered. Phone (630) 978-9005.