Crowns are used to cover damaged or vulnerable teeth. If you have a weak tooth that needs protecting, visit Pure Design Dentistry in Lincoln Park, Chicago. As a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aaron Diehl offers crowns and other dental restoration procedures to help prevent complications and prolong the life of your smile. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental crown is used to permanently cover the top layer of a damaged tooth. Crowns are generally made from porcelain or ceramic material, and they’re custom-designed to match the color of your other teeth.
Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants to provide structure and function to an artificial tooth.
Crowns can address some of the same dental concerns as veneers, but they’re used more for problems that have to do with the structure, safety, and function of your teeth. Veneers, in contrast, usually address more cosmetic-related concerns.
Crowns can help:
Crowns are also used to cover an area of an exposed tooth after a root canal procedure.
Dr. Diehl can determine whether or not you need a crown. Some patients may need to schedule a series of dental visits if they’re getting a crown along with veneers or a bridge.
Before the crown is placed, Dr. Diehl uses a small hand tool to shape your tooth so the crown can fit easily over it. After this, he takes impressions of your tooth and often places a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made. At your next appointment, he places and cements the permanent crown over your tooth.
While you might experience minor discomfort or tenderness in the affected tooth, this is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Some patients mistakenly believe that getting a crown means a tooth is completely protected from any further damage. However, a crown is still vulnerable to damage in the same way that a natural tooth can be cracked or chipped.
To maintain your new crown, practice good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. Also, avoid chewing ice, as the temperature change can cause a fracture to the porcelain.