Last week, we looked at how dental fillings can address decay and covered what the placement process involves. Today, we’re going to look a more substantial dental restoration: dental crowns. Like fillings, we can place one in a single visit, restoring the tooth and preventing the onset of serious oral health complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About One-Visit Crowns
Question: When do you prescribe a dental crown?
Answer: We actually prescribe them for a number of different scenarios. For example, should a cavity be serious enough that a filling isn’t enough to treat it, or should a tooth become broken or cracked. We can also place them as a means of aiding tooth replacement, by anchoring a dental bridge in place or restoring a single tooth dental implant.
Question: What material will the restoration be made from?
Answer: We use ceramic, due to the material’s strength and lifelike appearance. In addition, ceramic is also quite stain-resistant. Patients prefer a restoration that blends with the smile, offering a natural look.
Question: How does the CEREC process work?
Answer: First, we prepare the teeth, which means removing a small amount of tooth structure. Next, we take digital impressions. The impressions will be used to create a 3D model of the tooth. The 3D model is then uploaded into the CEREC machines, which creates the restoration from a solid block of ceramic. We check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and then place the one-visit crown onto the tooth with a powerful bonding agent.
Question: How long will my new restoration last?
Answer: With proper care, you can expect decades of restoration. You will need to care for the restoration the way you would your natural teeth, which means making time to brush twice per day and floss once each night, as well scheduling dental checkups and cleanings every six months.
Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.