Ouch! You bite into something hard and hear a crunch. Or maybe you’ve been trying to ignore that touchy spot on a back tooth – for way too long. Perhaps that big silver-colored filling you got when you were a kid has come out. Now you have a flawed smile, you’re in discomfort, and your tooth is susceptible to further damage. Dr. Wook Kim and his team of dental professionals in Orland Park, Illinois can help!
When you look at your mouth, most of the tooth structure you see is dental enamel. This white surface is about 1/16 of an inch thick, covering and protecting the internal portion of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
Tooth decay (dental caries) or trauma can cause significant damage to the enamel jacket of the tooth and its underlying structures. A decayed tooth, one with a large filling, or a tooth that is broken or worn down can usually be saved with a dental crown. That avoids having to go through an extraction and be left with a gap in your smile.
A crown is sometimes referred to as a cap, because it fits over a prepared tooth, covering it like a stocking cap fits over your head. In our office, preparing for and placing a crown is a gentle, precise process where your comfort is our top priority.
Crowns can be made of many different materials including gold, porcelain, and zirconia. Many cheaper crowns are made offshore under sweatshop-like conditions using allergic producing materials like metallic nickel. We work with professional American dental laboratory technicians to design lovely, lustrous porcelain crowns that are strong and blend beautifully with your smile. A similar method is used to create crowns as part of crown and bridge units, or used to top dental implants – both sound dentistry methods of replacing a missing tooth.
The crown is cemented into position, replacing the enamel and some of the underlying tooth structure called dentin. Crowns look beautifully natural, and feel and function normally. With proper home care and regular dental check-ups, you may expect your dental crown to last many years.
Are you in need of a dental crown or considering an experienced dentist for general care? Please give us a call today at (708) 349-3990 to schedule a consultation.