About Dental Crowns Overview
With all the restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures available today, you no longer have to live with damaged teeth or a smile that does not make you happy. One option that can give you back your appearance, and also your ability to bite and chew, is dental crowns. Do you live in Crystal Lake, Huntley, or the surrounding areas? Call Dr. Christopher Pottorff and his team to schedule your consultation to find out if you are a candidate for crowns and to learn about the benefits of dental crowns.
Crowns or Caps?
Sometimes, people become confused as to the difference between dental crowns and caps. The truth is, there is no difference. It’s just terminology. You can call it a dental crown or a cap – it’s the same thing. It’s a protective helmet that fits over your damaged tooth and protects it from sustaining any more damage. You can call it what you like.
How Does a Dental Crown Work?
A crown (or cap) is necessary when a tooth has become so severely damaged that an ordinary filling will not fix it. The dental crown works to seal cracks, give support for a dental filling, or hold a tooth together so that it doesn’t fracture. Dental crowns may also be necessary when a tooth has become so discolored that porcelain veneers are not going to be sufficient to hide the discoloration. In conclusion, crowns work two ways – they are both restorative and cosmetic treatments.
How Is a Crown Installed?
First, your Algonquin and Huntley dentist will scrape off some of your tooth enamel to make sure that the crown will adhere properly. Then, Dr. Pottorff will take impressions of your teeth to send to a lab that specializes in manufacturing crowns. Once the lab delivers the dental crowns, you will come back in to have them fitted. Next, Dr. Pottorff will prep the tooth a bit more to make sure that the fit and color are right. Finally, he will cement the crown in place. As a final result, the dental crown will blend naturally with the surrounding teeth.
How Should I Care For My Crowns?
First off, do not bite down hard or grind your teeth – dental crowns are just as vulnerable as your natural teeth to this type of treatment. Otherwise, brush and floss regularly, and see your Algonquin dentist for regular checkups.
Contact Our Algonquin Dental Crowns Dentist
If you would like to find out more about dental crowns or book an appointment, contact Dr. Christopher R. Pottorff at Advanced Dental & Implant Care in Algonquin, IL at 847-854-1200 today. We also service patients for dental crowns in Crystal Lake, Huntley, and the surrounding areas.