Dental crowns are common dental restorations that are essential to help maintain the integrity of a damaged or weak tooth. A crown is often called a “tooth cap” because it covers the entire tooth, completely encasing the exposed crown portion of a tooth. They can be used to offer protection, stability, and even to improve the appearance of a tooth.
If you need a dental crown or an old one replaced, The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry can provide you with a stable, natural-looking dental restoration. Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss offer many different types of crowns including zirconia and porcelain dental crowns. Zirconia and porcelain crowns are both highly durable, stain resisting, and resemble natural teeth. The process to have a tooth cap placed requires several visits to our local dentist office and we are currently welcoming patients from Highland Park, IL.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is often used for restorative and cosmetic purposes. They can strengthen a tooth offering maximum functionality as well as aesthetics. The longevity of a crown will depend on the type of material it is made of. Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss will recommend a crown for the following dental problems or cosmetic concerns:
- Repair damaged or worn teeth
- Restore balance to the bite
- Support a dental implant or dental bridge
- Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- Improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored or crooked teeth
The Dental Crown Process
The process to have a dental crown placed is fairly simple and requires two visits to our Highland Park, IL area cosmetic dentist office. At your first appointment, we will first prepare the tooth. This will require removing the decay and a small portion of the enamel to create enough room for the crown to fit comfortably over the tooth. We will take impressions of your teeth as needed that will be used to fabricate your new tooth cap. Once the tooth is prepared, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth until your permanent one is ready.
Your custom dental crown will be fabricated in a dental laboratory by a master ceramist and then sent back to us. At your next appointment, we will gently remove the temporary crown and try on the new restoration. Once satisfied with the fit, we will bond the crown to the tooth. If needed, we will gently shape, smooth and polish your new cap to achieve the appearance of a natural tooth.
The Stein Center strives for the best possible outcome for patients which includes using the highest quality materials for restorations. We place zirconia crowns in many cases, especially for larger teeth or those with more severe damage or decay. Zirconia is a highly biocompatible material that is stronger and more durable than porcelain. A zirconia crown can withstand natural biting force and can be relatively thin for a superior fit and comfort.
Zirconia is a metal-free ceramic and offers a perfect solution for patients with a metal allergy or overall health concerns.
Dental Implant Crowns
For patients missing a single tooth, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss offer a dental crown that can be secured to an implant. The crown can either be cemented or screwed to the metal post for a secure bond. While the implant will last a lifetime, the crown may need to be repaired or replaced. If cared for properly, the entire implant restoration can last forever. An implant supported crown is better for your oral health and most resembles a natural tooth.