Procedures

Crowns

Versatile Dental Crowns for Transformative Treatment in Arlington Heights, IL

smiling woman wearing a hatWhile teeth are strong, they are still vulnerable to damage, decay, and unexpected trauma. Our team provides exceptional dental crowns designed to protect your natural dental structure and health, and blend perfectly with the rest of your smile. At Arlington Comfort Dental, Dr. Gary C. Relias and our team work closely with trusted labs that use beautiful and durable porcelain materials to craft your crown with skilled hands.

We believe restoring your smile should also involve renewing your natural beauty and self-confidence. This is why we make sure our crown restorations look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. If a tooth needs repair, contact us today to schedule your appointment! We proudly serve those living and working in Arlington Heights, IL, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, and the surrounding Cook County, IL, communities.

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What is a Dental Crown?

3d render of jaw with teeth and dental crown restoration over white backgroundA dental crown is a tooth restoration, or prosthetic, that is designed to be indistinguishable from a healthy, natural tooth. Traditional crowns work by encasing a tooth that is severely weak, worn, damaged, or decayed. Crowns supported by dental implants use a single implant post to restore a missing tooth from root to crown.

When Would I Need A Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are very versatile, which mean they can be used alone or in combination with other treatment to address a wide range of dental issues. Dr. Relias often uses porcelain crowns for:

  • Restoring a severely cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Protecting a weakened tooth
  • Replacing one missing tooth when connected to a single dental implant
  • Strengthening a worn or vulnerable tooth
  • Enhancing the shade of a badly discolored tooth
  • Preserving a tooth’s structure after a root canal

What is the Difference Between Crowns & Bridges?

3d render of jaw with dental bridge over white backgroundDental crowns are only made to help treat or replace a single tooth. Bridges are made up of three or more artificial teeth, which are used to replace two or more missing teeth in a row.

Bridge restorations are made to fill the gap between healthy teeth by replacing the missing teeth. If untreated, the gaps left by missing teeth can lead to issues such an improper bite, problems with chewing, TMJ disorders, gum disease, and even poor digestion.

Bridges address these issues by filling in the gap for good. They can either use natural teeth on either side of the gap as the support anchor or can be attached to two or more dental implants for a permanent foundation.

What Does Getting a Dental Crown Include?

Getting your customized dental crown takes several steps. First, we’ll schedule a visit involving a series of x-rays, a detailed consultation discussing your needs, and an oral health exam. During this appointment, we use digital x-rays to capture precise images of your teeth, roots, gums, jaws, and facial structures. These pictures are necessary for us to determine your oral and dental health as well as the extent of your needs.

If there is gum disease present, we will treat the area with scaling and root planing before we place the final crown.

senior man awaiting treatment in dental chairOnce the area is ready, our dentist gently prepares the tooth for  crown placement. Once your tooth is prepped, impressions of that tooth are sent to our trusted local lab. This process usually takes about two to three weeks. During this time, we provide you with a temporary crown.

Once your new, permanent crown is ready, our team invites you back to our office to place your customized restoration. Our dentist removes your temporary crown and checks the fit and color of your permanent crown. After placement, you leave our dental practice with restored dental strength, beauty, and function once more!

How Do I Care for My Dental Crown?

After placement, it is important to maintain proper care of your teeth and smile. While your new crown helps restore your tooth, it doesn’t mean your restoration or your natural tooth is indestructible. Below are seven tips Dr. Relias and our team recommend keeping your crown beautiful and strong.

  1. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
  2. Floss between every tooth daily to help avoid plaque buildup or food debris around your teeth and restoration.
  3. Swish with an approved mouthwash for up to one-minute day and night.
  4. Drink plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist.
  5. Avoid or try to limit eating hard, brittle, and sugary foods. These increase your risk of damage and decay.
  6. Avoid behaviors such as teeth clenching and grinding, and never use your teeth as tools.
  7. Be sure to visit us every six months for your routine cleanings and exams.

How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

Crowns can last from five to fifteen years. However, your custom restoration may be able to last longer with good care and a diligent oral hygiene routine. 

Contact Arlington Comfort Dental for Crown Treatment!

Your teeth are too important for issues like trauma, damage, or decay to alter their function, health, and appearance. Dr. Gary C. Relias provides lasting resolution with durable porcelain crowns. Call us today to schedule your visit!

CALL US: (847) 255-4575 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


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