When it comes to multipurpose dental restorations, nothing beats a dental crown. As far back as the ancient Etruscans, people have used different materials, primarily metals like gold, lead, and tin, to “cap” problematic dentition and restore the function of a compromised tooth. As advances in dental technology have become more mainstream, patients today have access to crowns made from a variety of materials – including a variety of dental porcelains — and can have them placed for many reasons. In this first part of a two part series, Dr. James Fondriest, your Chicago dentist, discusses some of the many procedures in which a dental crown plays a major role.
Dental Crowns: Restorative Superstars
When your dentist locates a small cavity, he can generally fill it using composite resin. However, in many cases, a filling simply isn’t enough to fully restore the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. Since a crown completely surrounds a tooth, it provides a sturdier and longer lasting dental restoration. Circumstances in which your dentist may choose to place a crown include:
- Cracked teeth. While a chipped tooth or even a slightly broken tooth can be repaired using cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, a tooth with a significant crack will likely need a crown. A cracked tooth cannot repair itself and will only continue to worsen. In time, a crack could lead to an infection of the interior pulp layer. A dental crown provides the support needed to keep a cracked tooth supported and safe from infection.
- As an adjunct to root canal therapy. If tooth decay or infection reaches the soft, nerve-filled pulp within a tooth, it causes severe pain, can spread infection to other teeth or parts of the body, and could necessitate a total extraction. Often, dentists will perform a root canal, a procedure in which the infected tissue is removed and the canal is refilled with a rubbery substance. To provide support and restore the function of an endodontically treated tooth, many dentists will place a dental crown after root canal therapy.
- Capping a dental implant. For people with missing teeth, dental implants represent the very best solution for tooth replacement. The structure of a dental implant mimics the structure of a natural tooth: it replaces both the part beneath the gum line as well as the visible portion of the tooth. After placing a single dental implant, your dentist will usually top the implant with a dental crown. Implant-secured dental crowns look and perform just like real teeth and most patients report that they actually forget that the implant crown isn’t a real tooth!
Beautiful Dental Crowns in Chicago and Lake Forest
To schedule a consultation with Dr. James Fondriest at his Lake Forest dentist office, contact us at (847) 234-0517. Dr. Fondriest is a recognized expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We proudly serve patients from Chicago, Lake Forest, and the North Shore suburbs of Chicago.
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