If Dr. Haque has told you that you need a crown, you may be wondering to yourself “What is a dental crown?” A crown, also called a cap, is a type of dental restoration that covers a portion of a dental implant or natural tooth. The staff at Oak Brook smiles may recommend a dental crown to improve the appearance of a discolored, misshapen, or misaligned tooth. This procedure is also common to strengthen and repair a damaged tooth.

Placing a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are typically constructed from porcelain or precious, semi-precious, or dental alloy metal. Before you receive you new tooth cap, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type and give you the opportunity to choose the material that is best for you.

You need to schedule two separate appointments with Dr. Haque for the dental crown procedure. During your first appointment, he takes x-rays and examines the tooth receiving the crown to ensure the tooth itself and the bones surrounding it are strong enough. If the decay is too extensive, he may recommend another procedure instead. He then files the affected tooth along its chewing surface to make room for the dental crown.

Lastly, Dr. Haque uses a dental putty to take an impression of the tooth receiving a crown and sends it to our laboratory. You receive a temporary dental crown before you go home. A few weeks later, you need to come back for placement of your permanent dental crown. You will receive a local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

When it comes to restoring damaged or missing teeth or improving your appearance, dental crowns offer several advantages over other treatment methods. Some of these include:

  • Look and feel like natural teeth
  • Functions like a natural tooth
  • The shape of your face and appearance of your smile are unaffected
  • Non-removable and stable
  • You can still eat your favorite foods
  • Ensures that nearby teeth remain healthy
  • Protects the tooth against cavities and further decay

If you would like to learn more about dental crowns or any of our other restorative dentistry services, please contact our office at your convenience.