FAQ: All About Dental Crowns

Have you recently suffered from dental damages? Do you have chipped or cracked teeth? If so, Dr. Brent Engelberg, your local Arlington Heights, IL dentist, provides dental crowns to patients in need of restorative dentistry care. Dental crowns are one of the most common treatment options that we offer at AH Smiles. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding dental crowns.

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What dental concerns can be addressed with dental crowns?

Dental crowns can address severe dental damages like deep chips or cracks or severe dental decay. They are typically used as a restorative dentistry option to replace the entire exterior of a tooth. Dental crowns may also be used on a tooth after a root canal is performed. Additionally, dental crowns can be used to support a dental bridge or to top off a dental implant.

What’s the difference between dental crowns and porcelain veneers?

Dental crowns replace the entire exterior of your damaged tooth while porcelain veneers only replace the front-facing portion of your tooth. This is why porcelain veneers are typically only used for cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns, on the other hand, are used to cosmetically and functionally replace a severely damaged tooth.

Can I get a dental crown in a single visit?

Dr. Brent Engelberg, your Arlington Heights dentist, has invested in CEREC technology to give his office the ability to provide dental crowns during a single visit.

How does a dental crown stay attached to a tooth?

To place a dental crown, your dentist must first remove the majority of enamel from the exterior of your affected tooth. Your dentist will shape the tooth down to its foundational core that will support the dental crown. Then, the dental crown will be placed over the core and secured using dental cement. This allows patients to keep the tooth-root functionality of their damaged teeth while still replacing the majority of the external structure.

If you need to address recent dental damages, or if you are looking for a restorative dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, we hope you will consider visiting AH Smiles. Schedule an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Brent Engelberg.