Crowns Specialist

Glenwood Dental Care

General Dentists located in Glendale Heights, IL

Nearly 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The dentists at Glenwood Dental Care in Glendale Heights, Illinois, are highly trained professionals that can explain your crown options and make sure your teeth are properly taken care of. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or crown repair.

Crowns Q & A

Glenwood Dental Care

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that covers a damaged or weak tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown acts as a protective covering and completely encases the original tooth. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Do I need a crown?

There are many reasons that Glenwood Dental Care's knowledgeable dentists recommend a crown:

  • Dental implant cover
  • Dental bridge support
  • Permanent dentures support
  • Discolored teeth cover
  • Protection after root canal
  • Cracked tooth protection

Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns are made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used for your crown depends on your dental situation and the crown's purpose.

Can I still have crowns with a TMJ or sleep apnea appliance?

Yes. One of the big advantages of crowns is that they’re very flexible. Ceramic crowns are especially popular because they look natural and blend in seamlessly with your other teeth, a fixed bridge, fixed dentures, or dental implants.

Dental crowns don’t interfere with sleep apnea devices, TMJ treatment devices, or other dental devices. Crowns may actually help dental appliances stay in place because they make your teeth more stable and better able to help hold the device.

What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?

A minimum of two visits is typically needed for a dental crown procedure. At the first appointment, you have digital X-rays taken so that your dental professional at Glenwood Dental Care can assess the health of the tooth that requires a crown.

Next, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth is filed down or built up so that the crown fits properly and securely. Your dentist then makes a mold of your mouth, called an impression.

A dental lab custom-makes your crown using the impression. Your dentist fabricates a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

Getting a dental crown is a simple process. Contact the experienced team at Glenwood Dental Care by phone or make an appointment online now.