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Dental Crown Fox Lake, IL

Dental Crowns An Overview

dental crowns fox lake ilA dental crown is a permanent restorative treatment that covers the tooth like a “cap” to provide protection and stability to teeth affected by damage or decay.

At Infinity Dental of Fox Lake, Dr. Prendergast uses a variety of materials for dental crowns, but the most popular is a porcelain crown. Porcelain dental crowns are highly durable, stain resistant, and very natural looking.

Do You Need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be used to:

  • Protect a tooth weakened by decay or damage
  • Prevent chipped or broken tooth from breaking apart
  • Restore teeth that are severely worn down
  • Replace an existing restoration that covers more than half of the tooth
  • Reinforce a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large dental filling when there isn’t enough remaining tooth structure
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth

Dental crowns are also used in dental implants to restore beauty and function. While the dental implant serves as the replacement tooth root, the dental crown becomes the replacement tooth. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.

Dental Crowns What to Expect

The process for dental crowns takes place in two to three office visits:

Examination: Dr. Prendergast will inspect your teeth and gums. After determining a crown is the best treatment option, he will inform you of the treatment plan, aimed at reaching both your health and cosmetic goals.

Preparation: The dentist will prepare the tooth for a crown by removing any old fillings or crowns and taking an impression of the tooth as well as selecting a shade to match the natural teeth.

Temporary Crown: Typically, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Temporary crowns are usually made of resin.

Final Crown: When the permanent crown has arrived, the temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be placed. Once the dentist and the patient are happy with the fit, look, and position of the crown, it will be bonded to the tooth and polished.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re considering replacing old fillings or think you may need a dental crown to fix a tooth affected by decay or damage, call Infinity Dental of Fox Lake for a consultation.