Even though tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, teeth can still be damaged by way of injury or tooth decay. When this happens, the person should consult their dentist to decide if the tooth can be saved and how much can be saved. A dental crown is a cap that can both save and repair a damaged tooth by covering over it so that it can again be used for biting and chewing. This also has the effect of restoring the appearance of your smile.
Crowns are custom-made by dentists to resemble your existing tooth enamel and cover it from the chewing surface down to the gum line. Dr. Brent Engelberg of AH Smiles can create and place crowns for his patients for both medical and cosmetic purposes. While you’ve probably heard of dental crowns, you may not understand how these prosthetic tooth surfaces can help your damaged teeth look and function better.
At our Arlington Heights, IL dental practice, Dr. Engelberg wants his patients to understand the treatment options available to them and their advantages. AH Smiles is one of the few dental practices in Arlington Heights, IL to offer same day dental crowns thanks to their innovative CAD/CAM technology. Read on to learn about the benefits of dental crowns and how they can help save your teeth from damage and decay.
Crowns help relieve pain.
Dr. Engelberg often uses dental crowns constructed of high quality materials to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If your teeth have experienced extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may experience occasional pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, the feeling may persist. Once Dr. Engelberg addresses the underlying issue with your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage which can continue to cause discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth from additional damage while also reducing sensitivity and eliminating pain.
Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that having a dental crown placed would be a complicated or difficult procedure. But, in truths, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively simple. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts have been removed, Dr. Engelberg will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, he will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, Dr. Engelberg will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
Crowns are a versatile treatment.
Dental crowns can be used by Dr. Engelberg to address a variety of dental conditions, including:
- After root canal therapy
- To protect a tooth with a large tooth cavity
- To repair a broken tooth or cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a crooked tooth or misshaped tooth
- To cover a tooth that is stained or discolored
- To close gaps between teeth
- To lengthen teeth or improve a “gummy smile”
- To address other restorative dentistry concerns
Crowns last many years.
Dr. Engelberg uses quality materials to create our patients’ dental crowns and places them with skilled precision. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at AH Smiles or your area dentist, your porcelain crown can last for many years.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and AH Smiles would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. Using CEREC, a sophisticated CAD/CAM digital design technology, Dr. Engelberg can design, fabricate and place a ceramic tooth crown in one day. Dr. Engelberg also uses Shadevision® technology for matching the color of your new crown to surrounding teeth for a result that blends beautifully with your natural smile for a dental restoration that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. If you’re in the Arlington Heights, IL area, contact us online or call (847) 230-9703 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.