A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, and strength and improve its appearance. The crown is often bonded to the damaged tooth with dental cement or adhesive. It can be used for many restorative purposes, such as protecting a weak tooth from fracturing, restoring a broken or worn-down tooth, covering a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling, or covering up a dental implant.
Before a dental crown can be placed, the tooth must be reduced in size to accommodate the crown. This will involve reshaping the affected tooth so that it has the proper shape to receive the crown. Then the area is cleaned with a disinfectant to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. An impression of the mouth is also taken so that the restoration can be custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. During the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to ensure that the patient is comfortable during the treatment. Temporary crowns may be placed on the teeth to protect them until the new restoration is ready to be cemented into place.
After your crown is placed, avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods for the first few days after the procedure. Additionally, do not attempt to adjust your crown on your own, as this may cause it to come loose. Instead, contact our office right away if the crown slips out of place or feels uncomfortable in any way. Once your permanent crown has been placed, care for it only as you would a natural tooth by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding foods and beverages that may stain or damage it.
A dental crown is a long-lasting restoration designed to mimic the look of a real tooth while restoring strength and function to the damaged tooth. With proper care, a crown can last for many, many years.
Our dental practice is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care for patients. For the best dental treatments in Chicago, IL, contact Tilden Dental Group. You can find us at 331 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, or call (312) 664-6616.