Dental Crowns

Advanced Dental & Implant Care -  - Dental Implant Specialist

Christopher R. Pottorff, DMD

Dental Implant Specialist & General Dentist located in Algonquin, IL

Dental Crowns Specialist
Dental crowns are restorative and cosmetic measures that protect and improve the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth. Dr. Christopher Pottorff of Advanced Dental & Implant Care is a highly skilled specialist whose expertise ensures your dental crowns become a beautiful addition to your smile. Residents of Algonquin, IL and surrounding areas such as Huntley, IL can contact the office by phone or schedule your next visit online.

Dental Crowns Q&A

by Christopher R. Pottorff, DMD

What does a dental crown treat?

Dental crowns are frequently used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth that’s more prone to breaking due to a previous injury, or a single tooth that stands out from you smile due to discoloration or an unattractive filing. In these cases, a dental crown protects the tooth and makes it blend in with the surrounding teeth.

Other restorative benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Protecting a tooth that has been worn by pressure or grinding
  • Anchoring a bridge or dental implant
  • Supporting a tooth that suffers from decay or sensitivity
  • The ability to eat normally again
  • Holding together a cracked tooth and saving it from the need for removal

Dental crowns also have made major headways in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Many patients seek a dental crown procedure to add length or width to teeth and fix misshapen teeth. Crowns are created to match the same color as your natural teeth so they blend perfectly.

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

It’s a 2-visit procedure to have a dental crown placed. The 1st visit involves a restructuring process that shapes your tooth for the crown. An impression is taken of the tooth so that the laboratory can make a perfectly fitted crown. Dr. Pottorff places a temporary crown at this visit.

Once your permanent crown has been made, you’ll return to have it placed. Dr. Pottorff ensures it fits well and looks natural. Permanent dental crowns are custom molded to fit the shape of your teeth and are made from porcelain or resin products. The crown is carefully placed in line with your existing jawline to retain the natural shape of your face.

How do I take care of a dental crown?

One way to make sure that your dental crowns last as long as possible is to take care of them properly. The best way to care for a crown is to treat it like a natural tooth with good brushing and flossing habits. Avoid foods that stain, or lifestyle habits like tobacco use. Also keep your scheduled appointments for dental exams and cleanings.

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Christopher Pottorff, DMD
2310 Huntington Dr. North
Algonquin, IL 60102