Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self conscious regarding the imperfections in their smiles. Thankfully, a dental procedure exists for repairing damaged teeth. Dr. James Fondriest, explains how to provide the best porcelain crowns in Chicago and a long lasting and esthetically pleasing smile repair.
How Do I Know If I Need a Crown?
Many people don’t know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite this, our teeth can sometimes become cracked or chipped. When the enamel is damaged, bacteria can reach the sensitive layers of dentin beneath the surface. Soon, tooth decay begins, which further damages our teeth. Dr. Fondriest may recommend a crown to repair the damage and protect your tooth from decay or a root canal. Sensitive teeth, constant toothaches, or pain when biting down are other reasons to do a crown.
Chicago’s Best Crowns Available
Crowns act as a cap that fits completely over an injured tooth. Applying a crown preserves the remaining tooth structure and protects your smile from further damage. Many people dread having a crown done because they think it will stand out as different from the other natural teeth. It is indeed true that many crowns are noticeable as fake as they often have dark lines at the gumline. Dentists serve many socio economic niches and provide a range of quality levels of restorative work and different price points. If your dentist serves the higher end market, he/she will be employing a higher quality laboratory to create the crown. Crowns are custom matched by capturing excellent photographic images of the neighboring teeth. These images can be used by the ceramic artist to copy the optical characteristics exactly.
Dr. Fondriest uses the best ceramic crowns instead of the common crowns with metal. They don’t require as much drilling, and they look completely natural. In fact, a porcelain crown can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile. The porcelain crown material is biocompatible, which reduces gum recession.
The most commonly used type of crowns are porcelain fused to metal crowns. If the gums recede, a dark line might become visible as the metal portion of the crown is exposed. Since porcelain crowns don’t use metal, patients don’t need to worry about unsightly dark lines.
For Chicago patients interested in crowns, the first step is to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Fondriest. During your consultation, Dr. Fondriest will sit down with you to discuss your smile goals and perform a thorough oral examination. Afterward, Dr. Fondriest will decide if porcelain crowns provide the best means of smile restoration. Dr. Fondriest believes in artistic smile design. In addition to examining your teeth, Dr. Fondriest will assess your facial structure and symmetry. This typically involves photographing you. He pays special attention to your lip drape and movement patterns when you talk. How your teeth are displayed when speaking influences our treatment suggestions. Artistic smile design enables Dr. Fondriest to offer dental care that reflects your personality.
Receiving Your Crowns
After your examination, Dr. Fondriest will prepare the surface of your tooth. Then, he will take an impression of your surrounding teeth. The impression will be sent to an expert ceramist and a temporary crown will be made. Using the impression, the ceramist will craft your custom made crowns following Dr. Fondriest’s exact specifications. Once your permanent crowns are complete, Dr. Fondriest will check the fit to of your new crowns. Finally, Dr. Fondriest will place your custom made caps using a powerful bonding agent. When finished, you will have beautiful new dental restorations, and the best porcelain crowns that can be made.
How long is a crown expected to last? It depends on the quality of the restoration, your diet, medication use, and how much the restoration is abused.
Caring For Your Dental Crowns
Our Chicago patients should care for a crown just as they would their natural teeth. Always brush twice a day, and floss once. Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouth rinse. These steps help protect both your natural teeth and your new crown by cleansing your mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles. Always attend your six month checkups. Dr. Fondriest can check for any signs of serious dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Early detection allows Dr. Fondriest to prescribe the necessary treatment to help patients avoid costly and invasive procedures in the future.
Learn more about getting the best crowns in Chicago
There are many types of dental crowns. Interested in our innovative and natural looking crowns? We offer patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. We are available for a second opinion at 847-234-0517.
Dr. Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist. He serves clients from throughout the United States