If you feel a toothache when you chew or at random times throughout the day, you could be the victim of cavities that are so advanced that they are opening up your dental nerves to sensations. Untreated tooth decay can spread enough to cause a serious infection called an abscess. Your tooth could literally die and need to be extracted (if it doesn’t fall out on its own). This might be a time when you need a crown. Dental crowns are a commonly recommended procedure when decay is to this degree. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, will talk about a particular type of dental crown that offers the ultimate in aesthetics when restoring a damaged tooth: porcelain dental crowns.
Dental crowns (sometimes known as caps) help restore a damaged tooth to full function and cosmetic appearance. Tooth decay, as mentioned above, is one common reason that a tooth might break or rot from the inside out. Infected teeth are also more likely to succumb to random dental injuries because they are in a weakened state. And, of course, a tooth can also be injured even when it is completely strong and healthy. Any time your tooth is significantly cracked or broken, your dental pulp (which regulates blood and nutrient flow to and from your tooth) is exposed to germs.
Receiving a Dental Crown
Through the use of measurements, impressions, and an experienced ceramist, porcelain crowns can be customized to fit your tooth perfectly and securely, offering it the foundation it once had when it was at full health and strength. Porcelain is an ideal material for crowns that will be placed on front teeth that are visible when you smile. The translucence of the material reflects light very similarly to tooth enamel. Porcelain is pressed or layered for added strength, and color-matched to fit in flawlessly with the rest of your smile.
Learn more about treatment options for a damaged tooth
Do you experience frequent toothaches? Do you have a damaged tooth? You may require a crown. Porcelain crowns are a popular method of protecting and preserving your smile. We offer patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. Call your cosmetic dentist at 847-234-0517. Our office welcomes patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.