Teeth Crowns: Understanding the Basics

Teeth Crowns

How much do you know about teeth 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:

Are you concerned because you recently suffered trauma to your smile? Were you in an automobile accident, or did you get injured at work or during an athletic event? If so, your teeth might be the last thought on your mind, initially following the accident. However, any trauma to your teeth should certainly be addressed, and as quickly as possible. You see, over time, dental trauma can lead to a variety of problems for your smile, some visible and others unseen. Intrinsic damage caused by trauma can lead to painful infections, for instance, and even minor chips and cracks can worsen as you eat, leaving you with badly damaged teeth that could eventually fall out. Even simple cavities, left untreated, can create the need for more extensive restorative treatment down the line, since teeth cannot repair themselves the way some body parts, like your skin, can. So if you fear you could need restorative dentistry to treat an issue your oral health is facing, it is wise to schedule an appointment quickly, so your dentist can help get you back to smiling confidently and comfortably, as well.

What are Teeth Crowns?

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 teeth crowns for a long list of potential reasons. First, understand what you can expect from a cap. 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

When are Teeth Crowns the Right Form of Restoration?

In the case of many forms of damage caused by either decay or trauma, a dental crown is often the best form of restoration. That is because affixing crowns is a minimally invasive solution, yet a comprehensive and effective one.

  • A crown can be added quickly, and the procedure is fast and comfortable for most patients.
  • Yet crowns are also built to withstand the pressure one exerts while chewing, allowing fragile teeth beneath the crowns to remain safe.
  • Crowns can still be made of metal, but most patients and dentists now prefer the benefits of choosing porcelain crowns instead.
  • Porcelain crowns are designed to look incredibly natural, creating a beautiful and nearly seamless restoration. They can also last for more than ten years with proper care!

Many Issues Can Be Addressed with Teeth Crowns

Whether the trauma to your mouth has caused a chip, crack, or some other form of damage, the solution is often the same, a dental crown. Crowns can be used to protect fragile or otherwise damaged teeth by creating a barrier against further wear, decay, or worsening damage.

Though metal crowns are still offered by many dentists, and may be useful for back molars, which are highly used and rarely seen, most dentists now recommend porcelain crowns for more visible teeth. That’s because these crowns are both strong, and nearly seamless!

Restorative Treatment May Be Necessary Even Without Obvious Signs of Trouble

Even if no visible damage has been done to your teeth, that does not ensure that your oral health has not been negatively affected by a trauma to your mouth. Injuries to teeth can sometimes cause intrinsic damage that will not be visible or even felt. They can still, however, lead to infection.

Your restorative dentist can use an x-ray to check for any potential problems, and provide treatment as necessary.

Teeth Crowns Offer Versatile Protection

Many people don’t realize the many versatile ways porcelain dental crowns can be used to both restore damaged teeth, and to replace those that have fallen out or been extracted. Porcelain is similar to natural teeth, in that it is strong and stain resistant, making porcelain crowns a great, natural-looking way to address tooth damage or tooth loss. These crowns also age similarly to natural teeth, making them a lasting restorative option.

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 a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. 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.