Would you like to improve the appearance or function of a damaged tooth? You may benefit from a dental crown. Palatine, IL, dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg offers dental crowns and other services and treatments you need to keep your smile healthy.
What are dental crowns?
Commonly called "caps," dental crowns fit over the top of teeth, completely encasing them. To ensure a comfortable fit, the tooth must be reduced in size in preparation for the crown. After your Palatine dentist reduces the size of the tooth, he'll make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your restoration. Crowns are made of tough materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.
How can a dental crown restore a damaged tooth?
Adding a dental crown can be very helpful if you have a crack in your tooth. Although the tooth may seem fine, it may eventually break if you don't protect it with a crown. Cracks also provide convenient pathways for bacteria to enter your teeth. Once inside, bacteria can cause cavities or infections. Crowns are designed to absorb biting forces, which protects the teeth underneath.
A crown may also be recommended if your tooth has fractured or broken. Broken teeth aren't just unattractive but can be very painful. Thanks to your new crown, you'll be able to chew normally and will no longer feel self-conscious when you smile.
Are crowns used for other purposes?
Crowns may also be recommended if you:
- Undergo a Root Canal: Root canals remove tooth pulp and replace it with a large filling. Although your treated tooth works just fine, it becomes weaker due to root canal therapy. Adding a crown adds much-needed strength.
- Have a Filling Issue: Crowns cover fillings that have become loose and are also used as an alternative to traditional fillings if the decayed area is extensive.
- Are Concerned About a Short Teeth: Short teeth can alter your bite, causing pain and other issues. Crowns extend teeth that are naturally short or have shortened due to grinding.
- Want to Conceal a Cosmetic Issue: Crowns are used to hide discolored teeth, cover imperfections and completely change the shape of teeth.
Keep your smile strong and healthy with dental crowns! Call your Palatine, IL, dentist, Dr. Salzberg, at (847) 359-6766 to schedule an appointment.