About Dental Crowns
To repair and restore cracked teeth, yellowing enamel, substantial decay, and more concerns, dental crowns go over the whole tooth. At DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL, crowns (also called caps) are sturdy, long-lasting covers that fit securely over the the visible area of the tooth for patients where dental decay is too big to be healed with a composite-resin filling or if the patient's tooth is cracked and requires protection. Crowns can also be added to cover an off-color tooth or to increase the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - River Oaks can be porcelain, metal, or ceramic, based on the location of the crown. The posterior teeth generally need the added strength of metal, whereas the social teeth look more attractive with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are shaded to blend with the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To craft a customized crown, our dentists first prep the tooth by taking off a slim layer of enamel before taking digital X-rays and physical impressions of the tooth, which will be delivered to a dental lab. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth while the permanent crown is being sculpted. Once the permanent crown is returned to DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL, our dentists will carefully secure and fit the crown over the tooth. Our dentists can modify the crown for the patient's best fit.
Some patients can have short-term soreness or heightened tooth sensitivity, however nearly all patients don't experience any discomfort once the crown is finalized. With correct home care and recommended dental cleanings and examinations, a dental crown can remain in place for at least ten years, depending on the position and material of the crown. It is possible that a bacterial infection or cavity can form in the tooth under the crown, which usually requires a root canal therapy or another procedure.
If the dental crown is deemed medically necessary, dental insurance companies typically cover some of the expenses, so our office staff at DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL will consult with the insurance company to calculate their coverage as well as the patient's personal costs. Estimated expenses, payment options, and financing plans are available in our office in Calumet City, IL and can be explained during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A cap is used to shield a decayed or cracked tooth, or to mask a flaw in the tooth's appearance. To improve the appearance or health of a single tooth, schedule an appointment with our dentists at DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL and decide if a crown is a solution for your needs and goals.