A dental crown, or cap, can serve many purposes. Generally speaking, a crown is a permanent restoration that covers or surrounds the portion of the tooth that you can see above the gums. If you suspect that you could benefit from dental crowns in Chicago, it is important to understand their purpose.
When a tooth’s strength has been compromised due to severe decay, a fracture, or a large filling, dental crowns are used to hold the tooth together. Crowns can be utilized to prevent a weak tooth from breaking unexpectedly.
When a tooth has already been damaged, such as cracked or broken tooth, crowns can be used to restore the tooth to its original shape and size.
Following a root canal procedure, teeth can become brittle and often break easily. These non-vital teeth are almost always routinely crowned soon after the root canal for added protection and strength.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth root. To complete the restorative process, dental crowns are used to replace the lost biting surface.
Teeth that are severely stained (such as Tetracycline staining), or developmentally abnormal (such as peg laterals or retained primary teeth) can be reshaped or resized for cosmetic reasons.
Esthetics is just as important as function. Full ceramic crowns can be used for the most natural appearance. The porcelain material, with no metal base, allows more light to pass through the tooth, creating a more translucent and natural-looking tooth.
If you believe that you could be better served by a crown, call 312-328-9007 to speak with our experienced team of dental professionals today.