Dental crowns are usually shaded to the match the color of your natural teeth and can be fabricated using a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or resin.
When we examine the crowns of your teeth, we are referring to the surface of your tooth that shows above the gum-line. When this visible area is damaged, a dental crown is a covering, like a cap, that sits directly on top of the tooth to help protect the remaining tooth structure and improve oral hygiene. Dental crowns are usually shaded to the match the color of your natural teeth and can be fabricated using a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, metal, or resin.
Brechon Dental will recommend placing a dental crown when your tooth is damaged by cracking, decay, or significant fractures. Dental crowns can also be used to improve the look of unsightly teeth or protect a tooth with weak areas on the surface.
The entire staff at Brechon Dental will embrace you as family. Being family owned for over two generations, we extend our compassion and caring concerns to all patients of all ages. Located at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, we enjoy serving the entire community and the surrounding areas. Simply call 815-491-8032 with any dental questions or concerns and schedule your appointment today for an examination to see if you might benefit from a consultation for a dental crown procedure.
On occasion, patients we see may experience issues with their teeth becoming damaged, decayed, or even less aesthetically pleasing than the surrounding teeth. In these cases, dental crowns can be an excellent solution to restore the unsightly teeth back to contributing to a naturally healthy smile.
A Dental Crowns versus A Veneer
When considering your dental options, you may be wondering what procedure is best for your specific circumstance. If you have compared the option of dental crowns and veneers, it is important to note that these procedures differ in placement, purpose, and functionality.
- Veneers: Veneers are wafer-thin shells, typically made of porcelain, that cover just the front surface of your teeth to alter their color, size, and shape. They can hide signs of discoloration. They serve primarily as a cosmetic option rather than a restorative procedure.
- Crowns: If you need a dental crown usually you are interested in restoring both the appearance and functionality of a tooth. As opposed to veneers, dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gum line, providing functional improvements by allowing for more effective chewing and biting when eating. The treatment does have cosmetic benefits, but the primary purpose is focused on the repair of damaged or decayed teeth.
It is always best to discuss multiple treatment options with Brechon Dental to assure you are choosing the correct procedure for your dental concern.
Dental Crown Procedure
Before a dental crown can be placed, X-rays will need to be taken of the tooth or teeth in question to identify if there is any damage below the gum line. If the root and gums are stable, Brechon Dental will remove the decayed areas of the tooth before reshaping it to prepare for the fitting of your dental crown.
Next, we make an impression of the tooth which will be the guide for the dental lab to fabricate your crown, a process that usually takes about two to three weeks to complete. In the meantime, if necessary, we may place a temporary crown, usually made from acrylic, to protect the reshaped tooth from further damage.
When your dental crown is complete, we will need to schedule a final appointment for removal of the temporary crown and placement of the final one. We may suggest the administration of a of local anesthetic, so you are relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Once we have collectively approved the color and shape of the, it is cemented into place, and you are on your way with a restored healthy smile.
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The Life Expectancy of a Dental Crown
The life span of a dental crown can be based on several different variables. If you are taking care of your teeth and gums by practicing a good oral hygiene routine twice daily and staying away from foods that will tend to crack the surface of teeth, your dental crown can last several decades. The average amount life expectancy of a dental crown is between 5-15 years, but dental crowns have been known to remain strong and healthy for 30 years with proper preventative maintenance.
Only A Few Dental Crown Side Effects
Immediately after the placement of your dental crown, you might experience slight sensitivity in your teeth or gums. This reaction is quite common and can be controlled using over-the-counter pain relievers or by a prescription medication if the pain becomes intense. There are also rinses and pastes formulated to ease the discomfort of oral sensitivity Brechon Dental can suggest.
Are There Any Future Risks for Dental Crowns?
When you have your dental crown placed, it is extremely important to continue to practice good oral hygiene daily to prevent any decay and bacterial infections that can occur under the surface. Because the crown is designed to replicate your natural tooth, there is still the possibility of cracking, fracturing, and chipping if eating or chewing on hard foods.
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Dentistry for You in Belvidere
Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.