When a tooth develops a crack, chip, or extensive decay, you may need a crown to prevent tooth loss. A crown, also called a cap, fits over a damaged tooth to restore function, strength, and beauty. We use all-ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns for natural-looking, white restorations. We would love the opportunity to make you smile. Call and make your crown appointment with Dr. Hong or Dr. Lam. Our Westmont office serves patients from Downer's Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, and the surrounding areas.
There are a variety of materials available to craft durable dental crowns. Gold is recommended for patients with back teeth, molars, that have been damaged. This durable material doesn’t cause much wear to opposing teeth, and it is able to absorb the high amounts of pressure put on molars during biting and chewing. Unfortunately, gold crowns are noticeable within the smile. Porcelain fused to metal crowns look more natural, but they still provide the strength and durability patients need to repair their smiles. Over time, the porcelain layer of these crowns wears away revealing the metal layer below. In most cases, we will recommend all-ceramic crowns. These restorations are the most natural looking, and they maintain their natural appearance for years.
Uses for Dental Crowns
We may recommend patients receive a dental crown restoration in a variety of situations including:
- To repair damaged or decayed teeth
- To replace a lost dental filling
- To protect teeth following root canal therapy
- To correct or conceal cosmetic flaws
- As part of dental crown supported fixed bridge tooth replacement
Dental Crown Process
If you need a crown, expect two visits for the complete procedure. At the first visit, the doctor will prepare the tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown. We will send your impression and shade-matching data to a trusted dental lab where your custom crown will be fabricated. After the lab sends us the permanent restoration, you will return for placement. Your formerly damaged tooth will feel – and look – sensational.
CEREC Same Day Dental Restorations
Patients who want to repair their smiles without making several appointments, may want to consider a CEREC dental crown. CEREC literally stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. That’s quite a mouthful, but what it literally means is simple. Rather than waiting to receive a crown crafted in a dental lab, we use an in-office milling unit to mold a block of high grade dental ceramic into a custom dental crown. The entire dental crown preparation, creation, and placement process are completed in just one appointment.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Once you have a dental crown, you’ll need to maintain a thorough daily oral hygiene routine and visit our office at least two times every year. Just like you would for your natural healthy smile, you should brush two times each day and floss daily. You may need to change to a softer bristled toothbrush or a less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, you should be able to continue your regular daily hygiene routine. We will be happy to help you find the right oral hygiene products, so don’t hesitate to ask for our assistance. We’re always here to help.