About Dental Crowns
To heal and restore broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. At DentalWorks - Forest Park in Forest Park, IL, crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly over 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 protection. Crowns can also be used to mask a discolored tooth or to add to the stability to a dental bridge. Crowns by our dentists at DentalWorks - Forest Park can be ceramic, porcelain, or metal, depending on the location of the crown. The hind teeth usually benefit from the extra strength of metal, while the visible teeth look better with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are colored to match the patient's natural teeth.
What to Expect
To create a custom crown, our dentists first prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, then taking digital X-rays and impressions of the tooth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown can be placed on the tooth while the custom, permanent crown is being built. When the custom, permanent crown is returned to DentalWorks - Forest Park in Forest Park, IL, our dentists will carefully secure and bond the crown on the tooth. Our dentists may adjust the crown 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 crown is complete. With proper home care and regular dental exams and professional cleanings, a crown may last for 10 - 40 years, depending on the material and location of the crown. In some cases, a cavity or infection may cultivate under the crown, which may require a root canal or other procedure.
If the crown is considered medically necessary, dental insurance companies usually cover a portion of the cost, so our office staff at DentalWorks - Forest Park in Forest Park, IL will check with the patient’s insurance to determine their coverage and the patient's out-of-pocket costs. Estimated costs, payment options, and financing plans are available through our office in Forest Park, IL and can be discussed during the patient's meeting with our dentists.
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Strengthen and Protect
A cap or crown can be used to protect a chipped or decayed tooth, as well as hide a discolored tooth. To fix the appearance or health of a single tooth, talk to our dentists at DentalWorks - Forest Park in Forest Park, IL and find out if a dental crown will work for your concerns and goals.