As a Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest takes great pride in the gorgeous, natural-looking ceramic dental crowns he designs. Unlike some bulky, opaque restorations, Dr. Fondriest’s dental crowns mimic natural tooth enamel. They allow light to enter and reflect from their surface, so they have that deep, glossy look. Instead of depending on just one type of ceramic for dental crowns, Dr. Fondriest considers many options. Using his experience and knowledge, he can determine which type of material is best suited for your dental crown.
Why would you need a dental crown? Here are three common problems that warrant a crown.
- Worn Tooth Structure: Bruxism, the habit of clenching and grinding teeth, can destroy the surface of molars. When this occurs, malocclusion may result. Occlusion, or bite, refers to how upper and lower teeth fit together when the jaw is at rest. Malocclusion, then, refers to misalignment of the upper and lower teeth. Crowns can be placed on molars to restore occlusion, while also deterring bruxism and TMJ disorder.
- Chips, Fractures, Cavities: When dental damage extends deep into a tooth or covers much of a tooth’s surface, a dental crown may be indicated. While a filling restores a small cavity, a crown covers the entire portion of a tooth that extends above the gum line. Crowns restore a tooth’s function, strength, shape, and appearance.
- Permanent Stains: To remove tooth stains, teeth bleaching or teeth whitening is often recommended. However, intrinsic stains, such as fluorosis, will not subside with extrinsic bleaching. Bonding or veneers can cover the front surface of a tooth to permanently whiten. When bonding and veneers are not an option, Dr. Fondriest may suggest a highly esthetic dental crown instead.
More than a Restoration
With acute attention to detail, Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest will provide you with natural looking, durable, comfortably functioning crowns. If you have unnatural-looking restorations or would like to discuss replacing your metal crowns with lifelike ceramic crowns, call Lake Forest Dental Arts today at 847-234-0517. Our 60045 dentist is located in Lake Forest and serves patients from the North Shore suburbs.