A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth when it’s decayed, damaged or cracked and a filling isn’t enough to repair it. It protects and strengthens the tooth and restores it to its natural appearance. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of materials. Whichever option you choose, Dentistry by Design, we’ll ensure your crown is functional and seamlessly blends in with the rest of your smile.
The crown process typically takes two to three visits over three to four weeks. The procedure involves:
When the procedure is finished, proper dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily, is necessary to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. When cared for properly, your crowns can last a lifetime.
There are a variety of factors that will help us determine the best choice of material (porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, etc.) for your crown. Your Hinsdale cosmetic dentist will give you expert advice to help you decide on the right solution for your needs and smile. Schedule an appointment today online or by calling us at 630-325-2525 to learn about your options.
There are several different kinds of bridges, including:
The procedure specifics will depend on the type of bridge you choose. We’ll take digital impressions using the iTero® scanner to create a customized bridge that looks and feels natural. For a fixed bridge or cantilever bridge, we’ll recontour the teeth that require crowns and create a temporary restoration while your permanent bridge is being made. When your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll check that it fits and that your bite is correct before cementing it into place.
You’ll need to practice good oral hygiene, including flossing once daily and brushing twice a day, as well as keeping up with your regular professional cleanings to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for over a decade.