What are Dental Crowns?

Dr. Brian Homann may suggest a dental crown (cap) to treat moderate-to-severe tooth decay or damage. A dental crown is a custom-made, tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a damaged tooth, completely encasing it along the gum line. This will restore your smile, so you don’t have to be afraid to flash your pearly whites and show off your beautiful smile. Dental crowns are useful for:

  • Holding a broken tooth together
  • Preventing a weakened tooth from breaking
  • Repairing extensive tooth decay and damage
  • Enhancing the natural appearance of your smile
  • Anchoring a dental bridge
  • Completing a dental implant

We offer high-quality dental crowns in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, to restore the shape, function, and appearance of your smile. It’s our goal to help you enhance your oral health and to help you keep your teeth healthy for as long as possible.

How are Dental Crowns Made?

Each dental crown is custom-made to perfectly fit the damaged tooth. It generally takes two visits to our dental office to make and apply a dental crown. During your first appointment, we will reshape your tooth, so the dental crown will fit properly, take impressions of the tooth, and send the impressions to a high-tech dental laboratory where your dental crown will be made.  We will place a temporary crown over your tooth while waiting for the permanent crown. During your second appointment, Dr. Brian Homann makes sure the dental crown fits properly. He will then cement it into place.

Why Do You Need Dental Crowns?

When there are small cavities in a tooth, our dental professionals will typically use white- colored fillings to restore your tooth’s integrity. However, when there are larger areas of decay or a portion of your tooth is missing, we may suggest dental crowns to help. It’s our goal to salvage your natural teeth as often as possible, reducing the need for costly replacement options. If we feel the use of a dental crown will maintain the integrity and aesthetics of your tooth, we will recommend this treatment option.

Dental Crown Benefits

Dental crowns provide you with a number of benefits over other treatments such as tooth extraction. While crowns may fail and need to be replaced in the future, they typically last for many years as long as you give them the proper maintenance and continue to see a dentist regularly.  While we are often able to replace missing teeth with dental bridges, dental implants, or partial dentures, it is often preferable to try to save your natural tooth.

To learn more about the advantages of dental crowns, we invite you to call our dental office today. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!