Dental crowns in Palatine, IL are used to treat a variety of issues. They can protect a tooth that has weakened due to decay. Crowns can also be used to restore a broken tooth or a tooth that is severely worn down. If you have a severely decayed tooth and need a root canal, a crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it. Finally, crowns are placed on dental implants to make them look natural.
If you need dental crowns in Palatine, IL, Dr. Herman Salzberg can help.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are made from different materials, including:
- Composite resin
- A combination of these materials
The material your dentist chooses depends on the location of the tooth, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the function of the tooth, and the color of the surrounding teeth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
For traditional crowns, you will need to see your dentist twice. During the first visit, your dentist will examine the tooth and may take an x-ray. Next, the tooth will be filed down and the outer layer will be removed. When the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. The impression will be sent to a lab for the crown to be made.
Your dentist will call you when the crown is ready so it can be cemented in place.
Will My Crown Need To Be Replaced?
Dental crowns in Palatine, IL are very durable and strong; however, your crown likely won't last your entire life. Most crowns need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years.
In some cases, it is obvious you need to have your crown replaced. If the crown is loose or there is significant damage, you will need to have it replaced as soon as possible.
The signs it is time for a new crown include:
- Your bite feels off: When your crown is first placed it will feel like your natural teeth. If your bite feels uneven over time, an adjustment could help. If not, you will need to replace the crown.
- Your gums around the crown are receding: If your gums start pulling away from the crown, they may need to be replaced. This could also be a sign of gum disease, which needs to be treated immediately to prevent bone and tooth loss.
- Pain: If the crowned tooth is causing you pain, it is time for a replacement.
- The crown is old: Crowns that are over five years old begin to develop issues due to normal wear and tear. You should have your crown checked twice a year so it can be replaced before pain and other issues occur.
If it is time to replace your existing crown, call Dr. Salzberg in Palatine, IL. He has been placing crowns for years and can use a crown to protect a weakened or broken tooth.
To schedule an appointment, call (847) 359-6766.