When you smile, do you try to hide your teeth? Are you self-conscious about your smile? Dental crowns may give you the confidence boost you need. The dentists at All Smiles in Worth, IL, can help and are ready to answer any questions you may have.
Dental crowns are caps placed over each damaged tooth. They restore the shape of your teeth while also providing protection and additional strength and support. Crowns are typically made out of metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramic.
You can receive dental crowns at All Smiles in Worth, IL, after a quick exam and x-ray by your dentist to determine if there is a need for crown placement. A dental crown may be necessary if you:
- Have a weak, decaying, or damaged tooth.
- Require a restoration from a break or wear and tear.
- Need a large filling without enough tooth to support it.
- Require a cap for an existing dental bridge.
Dental crowns are long-lasting without any additional maintenance besides good daily oral hygiene. The general life expectancy of a crown can be between five and fifteen years. However, having poor oral hygiene, grinding your teeth, biting your nails, and chewing ice can lead to a shortened life span of your crown.
Good oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. This habit will protect your crowns and prevent any further damage to your natural teeth in the future.
Costs of dental crowns are dependent on the material, the number of crowns needed, and the size of the tooth. However, many insurance plans will cover the cost of different types of crowns. Check with your health insurance provider for individual plan benefits. The staff at All Smiles can also assist with determining costs and benefits.
If you and your dentist determine the need for a dental crown, the dentist may perform a root canal to treat any underlying tooth decay if there is a risk of infection or injury to the pulp or tissue of the tooth. Once complete, the dentist then:
- Opens the cavity of the tooth.
- Trims the tooth to fit the crown.
- Makes an impression, or copy, of the tooth to send to the laboratory for crown creation.
- Places temporary crown while awaiting permanent crown.
Overall, dental crowns are easy to maintain with proven longevity. For more information on dental crowns, don't hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation with a dentist. The team at All Smiles has an office in Worth, IL, and you can reach them at (708) 448-0333 today!