Using dental crowns to restore and strengthen the smile
Drs. Ahmed Mataria, Dr. Ahmed Mataria, Dr. Suh and Dr. Santos of Eco-Friendly Dentistry are committed to providing Oak Lawn, Illinois, area patients with solutions for their smiles. When damage occurs to a natural tooth, some patients might assume that the tooth needs to be permanently extracted and replaced. However, this is not the case. Instead, these teeth can be covered with a dental restoration known as a dental crown. Dental crowns are a common restoration used by our team to repair teeth that are damaged, traumatized, or have undergone root canal therapy.
How does a dental crown work?
The crown is best described as a “cap” that covers the natural tooth structure to protect and strengthen it. These restorations are created of porcelain, a material that closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This ensures the restoration blends in with the smile and doesn’t stand out. Porcelain crowns are used in the following situations:
- To cover a tooth that is chipped or cracked
- To strengthen a tooth with a large dental filling
- To cover the abutment of a dental implant to replace a single tooth
- To bond to false teeth referred to as pontics to fabricate a dental bridge
Because dental crowns are incredibly versatile, they are a popular option for many of our patients. Also, because they are used to restore the smile, many patients will find that their dental insurance plan will provide partial or complete coverage for their crown.
Where can dental crowns be used?
Patients who need dental crowns may require coverage over any of the teeth in the smile. This includes the front tooth or teeth. These restorations are made so they do not add unwanted bulk to the smile, allowing them to be used instead of a porcelain veneer to address and repair teeth in the front of the smile on the anterior teeth.
Don’t waste another minute!
Call the team at Eco-Friendly Dentistry of Oak Lawn, IL, if you need a porcelain crown to cover a damaged or impacted tooth. Call 773-429-1400 to request an appointment with Dr. Ahmed Mataria, Dr. Suh, and Dr. Santos at 4934 W 95th Street .