It can often seem that there is no answer to a broken, damaged tooth other than to remove it altogether. However, a dental crown can help save the natural structure of your tooth, keeping it within your smile where it belongs. But what are dental crowns and how can they benefit your smile? Find out more about this powerful dental restoration with Dr. Jordan Simonovich at North Creek Dental Care of Naperville in Naperville, IL.
Do I need a dental crown?
If you have a damaged tooth, you may benefit from a dental crown. Crowns are often used after a root canal to stabilize the tooth and protect it against future damage. However, dentists also use crowns in other situations, such as:
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth
- to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- to protect a compromised tooth
- to preserve the natural structure of a broken tooth
What can I expect from dental crowns?
The process for dental crowns usually takes several appointments with your dentist and about two weeks for a dental laboratory to handcraft the crown itself. First, your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown by removing a small portion of enamel from its sides and top. Then, your dentist takes a clay impression of your mouth to use as the basis for the design of the crown. If necessary, your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
At your second appointment, which occurs after the completed crown is returned to your dentist’s office, your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and replace it with your finalized crown. They will ensure that it fits perfectly and looks natural before permanently bonding it to your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Naperville, IL
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown, a consultation with your dentist is the best way to determine that this is the best dental procedure for you and your smile. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Jordan Simonovich at North Creek Dental Care of Naperville in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 983-9877 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Simonovich today!