What Is a Dental Crown?

Modern dental restorations are designed specifically to mimic the size, shape, appearance, and function of healthy, natural teeth. For instance, when the top part of a tooth, or crown, is damaged or decayed, then a tooth cap or dental crown can be fashioned to completely cover and protect it. A dental crown is designed according the unique specifications of a patient’s natural tooth crown. When bonded in place, the crown can restore your tooth’s function as well as the balance and function of your entire bite.

What is a dental crown made from?

Like all modern dental treatments, every dental crown is crafted with the patient’s unique dental needs and preferences in mind. To ensure optimal results for everyone, we offer a variety of crowns made from lifelike porcelain, or a combination of porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). With the ability to mimic a tooth’s color, shade, and ability to reflect light, porcelain offers highly lifelike results. For teeth that are under intense pressure, like the molars in the back of your mouth, your dentist can create a PFM crown that’s lifelike in appearance as well as durable enough to withstand the greatest of your bite’s pressure.

What if my tooth can’t be saved?

The good thing about today’s dental crowns is that they can restore your smile even if your tooth itself can’t be saved. For instance, when combined with a dental implant (a prosthetic root-like post), a dental crown can be used to replace a lost or extracted tooth. An implant-supported crown can replace a lost tooth without having to rely on the support of healthy adjacent teeth, like a traditional dental bridge.

Learn More About Modern Dental Crowns

Today’s modern dental crowns offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic benefits, depending on your specific dental needs. To find out which dental crown is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.

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