About Dental Crowns
To heal and restore broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At in Plainfield, IL, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly on top of the visible area of the tooth above the gumline in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled with a tooth-colored filling or if the tooth is broken and needs a shield. Crowns may also be used to mask a discolored tooth as well as to add to the stability to a bridge. Crowns by our dentists at may be ceramic, porcelain, or metal, depending on the placement of the crown. The hind teeth usually benefit from the extra durability of metal, while the visible teeth look better with ceramic or porcelain crowns that are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists initially prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking dental X-rays and impressions of the tooth that will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary cap can be placed on the tooth while the custom, permanent crown is being built. When the custom, permanent crown is returned to in Plainfield, IL, our dentists will expertly secure and bond the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the cap for a better fit.
Some patients may experience temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity, but on the whole patients do not have any pain after a cap is complete. With proper at-home care and regular dental exams and professional cleanings, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, based on the material and location of the cap. In some cases, a cavity or infection may cultivate under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
When the crown is considered a necessary procedure, dental insurance policies usually pay a portion of the cost, so our office staff at in Plainfield, IL will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket expenses. Estimated costs, payment methods, and financing options are accepted through our office in Plainfield, IL and can be discussed at the patient's consultation with our dentists.
Plan Your Procedure
Strengthen and Protect
A cap or crown can be placed to protect a chipped or decayed tooth, as well as hide a discolored tooth. To fix the look or strength of a tooth, talk to our dentists at in Plainfield, IL and find out if a dental crown will work for your concerns and goals.