Dental Crowns: Understanding the Basics

dentalcrownHow much do you know about dental crowns and what they can do for your teeth? Are you under the impression that the only available crowns are made of metal and that we will only suggest them for severe tooth damage, such as a broken tooth or severe cavity? When it comes to crowns, we offer beautiful solutions that will blend seamlessly with your smile. Even more exciting? You may qualify for an esthetically pleasing crown for a wide variety of reasons. To learn more about what you can expect from crowns, take a look at the following:

What Is A Dental Crown?

A crown, simply put, is a hollow artificial tooth. People often refer to crowns as “caps” because they look like small hats or toppers that fit over your natural tooth. Unlike fillings, crowns provide full coverage, resting over your tooth rather than within it. You will find that crowns are available in a wide variety of materials. While some practices offer metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), we provide patients with restorations composed of lifelike materials for a beautiful finish.

Potential Reasons For Crowns

You may require a crown for a long list of potential reasons. First, understand what you can expect from a dental crown. Because it fits over your tooth and is constructed of sturdy material, you can expect it to provide protection, coverage, and structural support. You may require a crown in one of the following instances:

  • You broke your tooth and require restoration
  • Your tooth suffered a severe cavity that a filling cannot address
  • You just underwent root canal treatment and need coverage and support
  • Your tooth is cosmetically damaged beyond what we can achieve with other treatments, such as veneers
  • You have chosen to replace a tooth with a dental implant, which we may restore with a beautiful crown

We Offer Beautiful Crowns

We offer a variety of porcelain crowns composed of slightly different material and compositions. Porcelain, similar to your natural teeth, is slightly translucent and durable. You can expect your tooth to look natural, while offering the function you need.


Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he was an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff.

Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs

 To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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