Whether you need a new dental crown or an old one replaced, The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry will provide you with a custom-made, natural-looking restoration. Having a crown installed is a fairly routine and common procedure. They are often used to help protect a natural tooth that is damaged or weakened. Dental crowns are often referred to as ‘tooth caps’ because they cover the entire tooth like a cap. They are custom-made and color-matched to blend in naturally with the rest of the smile.
We typically place zirconia or porcelain crowns for the best possible result. Zirconia provides a highly durable, metal-free option that can withstand strong biting forces. Zirconia is able to be color-matched and the smooth surface offers a comfortable fit.
Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss are trusted dentists who welcome patients from Evanston, IL. If you are suffering from a damaged tooth or need a new crown, visit our dentist office for a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown can serve many purposes, from restorative to cosmetic, and will last for several years. It is a fixed dental restoration and is considered permanent because the tooth will need to be reduced to accommodate it. They are fabricated by master ceramists using impressions of your teeth to guarantee a precise fit. Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss will recommend a crown for the following restorative reasons:
- Strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- Replace an old, broken or worn down large cavity
- Repair a broken or cracked tooth
They will also utilize a tooth crown for a few cosmetic reasons. A dental crown is an affordable substitute for a porcelain veneer. The cosmetic concerns they may be used to treat include:
- Improve the appearance of a misshaped or crooked tooth
- Whiten teeth by hiding stained or yellow teeth
- Close the gaps between teeth
- Lengthen teeth that are too short
The Dental Crown Process
The dental crown process is a fairly routine procedure but will require several trips to our Evanston, IL area dentist office. During your examination, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss may determine that you need a tooth crown after a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth. You will then schedule the first of two appointments. Your dentist will prepare a personalized treatment plan that addresses your tooth damage as well as your cosmetic goals.
At your first crown appointment, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss will take several sets of impressions of your teeth and prepare the tooth. The old filling or crown will be removed first and your dentist will then begin to remove a small portion of the enamel. All decay or damage to the tooth will be removed. It is important to remove enough of the tooth structure to accommodate the tooth cap.
Once enough of the tooth is shaved down, a temporary crown will be made. The purpose of the temporary crown is to protect the tooth and allow it to function normally until your final restoration is completed. The permanent crown is made in a dental laboratory and should take about two weeks.
At your last crown appointment, the custom fabricated dental crown will be placed. Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss will gently remove the temporary restoration and try on the permanent one. Your gums and teeth are thoroughly cleaned and the custom fit crown is installed on the prepared tooth with strong dental adhesive. Your dentist will put the final touches on your new tooth by gently shaping, smoothing and polishing the crown.