Porcelain Crowns in Chicago, IL
A broken, badly chipped, or infected tooth can cause intense pain and should be treated quickly to avoid extraction or other serious complications. Dental crowns help correct these and many other functional or cosmetic dental issues.
Our Chicago dental practice has provided gentle, comprehensive care, including dental crowns in Chicago, Illinois, since 1996.
Dr. Fedin is highly skilled and experienced in restorative dentistry, having placed thousands of crowns in the greater Chicago area.
His entire team is dedicated to maintaining or improving the health and appearance of our patient’s smiles with techniques that help ensure comfort during treatment and excellent results.
Am I a Candidate for a Porcelain Crown?
A dental crown is the final procedure needed when treating badly decayed, infected, or broken teeth. The primary reason someone may not qualify for treatment is that the tooth is too damaged to save and needs to be extracted.
You may need to delay receiving a dental crown if you have advanced gum disease or are receiving surgical treatments for it.
In these cases, waiting until treatment is complete and the soft tissues have healed is best. Gum disease and surgical treatments cause the gums to change shape and can lead to restorations shifting out of their proper position.
A consultation with Dr. Fedin can determine the best treatment for your needs, be it restoring your tooth using a porcelain crown or replacing it with a bridge or a dental implant.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
A natural tooth consists of a root, which is surrounded by gum tissue, and the visible portion, also known as the crown. A crown’s outer layer is the enamel, which provides the white translucent qualities that porcelain crowns are designed to replicate.
Within the crown are nerves, pulp, and dentin, all of which can be damaged by decay and trauma. When a filling or other more superficial treatment is inadequate to repair the tooth, a prosthetic is used and is appropriately called a dental crown.
While available in other materials, porcelain crowns offer a wide range of benefits:
- Porcelain crowns are not subject to decay.
- Porcelain crowns are strong and long-lasting.
- Porcelain crowns reflect light like natural teeth.
- Porcelain crowns can fully restore the function and beauty of your smile.
- Porcelain crowns can be used to support a bridge to replace your tooth.
- Porcelain crowns can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
- Porcelain crowns can be part of a complete smile makeover after Invisalign® and teeth whitening with Zoom!.
- Porcelain crowns are used to complete root canal therapy (RTC) and dental implant placement.
Want to learn more about how porcelain crowns can restore your beautiful smile? Call Chicago Dental Arts today at (312) 642-6631.
How Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Work?
Our Chicago dental crown procedure requires two visits for the highest quality, natural-looking dental crowns.
During your first visit, we work with you to pick the color for your crown that best matches the surrounding natural or whitened teeth. Our specialist will prepare your tooth for the crown, then make an impression of the remodeled tooth and adjacent teeth.
Dr. Fedin will provide you with a temporary crown before you leave, and your second visit is scheduled about two weeks out.
Your dental impression is sent to our professional dental lab, where they will create your custom porcelain crown.
On the second visit, your life-like permanent dental crown is placed and secured with a strong dental cement.
What Is Recovery Like After Dental Implant Placement?
Because Dr. Fedin uses Waterlase®, your procedure should be comfortable throughout, and any sensitivity or pain you may experience after your first crown appointment will be minimal.
You should not experience any discomfort during or after your second visit.
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Dental Crowns
Your permanent crown(s) should be cared for just like your natural teeth. While resistant to tooth decay and stains, porcelain crowns can become discolored if excessively exposed to tobacco products and dark staining liquids or fruit. Crowns can fail if gum disease is allowed to begin or progress.
Avoid consuming the following for the first two weeks:
- Grape juice,
- Alcohol (especially red wine)
- Tough or hard-to-chew foods (until fully healed)
- Tobacco products
Try to drink staining beverages through a straw when consuming these.
Protect your teeth and crowns from injury by using your teeth only to smile or chew food (NO ICE) and not as a tool to open bottles or packaging.
Implement or continue a comprehensive oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily and flossing every day.
Be sure to thoroughly clean the gum line to remove debris that can get stuck there and cause bacterial growth, tartar, plaque, decay, and gum disease.
Attend all your recommended dental visits for regular cleanings and check-ups.
What Results Can I Expect After Receiving Porcelain Crowns?
You can expect your crowns to blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth and a functional, comfortable bite for an improved ability to chew your favorite foods.
If your teeth are professionally whitened before having crowns placed, you can also count on a uniformly bright and beautiful smile.
Porcelain Dental Crowns in Chicago
Dr. Fedin and the team at Chicago Dental Arts are committed to helping individuals and families in Chicago ensure their smiles are healthy and aesthetically pleasing by offering comfortable, high-quality dental care.
Our is well-equipped with advanced Cone Beam 3D imaging and Waterlase® for a more comfortable experience.
Call our Chicago, Illinois, porcelain crown provider at (312) 642-6631 for answers to your questions or schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
You can also ask about our other Chicago general or cosmetic dental services.
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