A dental crown is recommended when your tooth is damaged by cracking, decay, or a significant fracture. Crowns can also be used to improve the aesthetics of unsightly teeth or protect weak areas on the surface of the teeth.
Dental Crowns at Padron Dental in Rockford
A dental crown is top, a cap or a cover that can be placed over your tooth. It can restore that tooth to its original size, color, shape, and function.
A dental crown is recommended when your tooth is damaged by cracking, decay, or a significant fracture. Crowns can also be used to improve the aesthetics of unsightly teeth or protect weak areas on the surface of the teeth. The dental industry, and Padron Dental, will always exercise all measures to keep your natural teeth.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment for an examination and an evaluation of the benefits of a dental crown for you. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
What Exactly is A Dental Crown?
When we refer to the crowns of your teeth, we are talking about the surface of your tooth that is visible above the gum-line. When this part of the tooth is damaged, a dental crown then is a protective covering that will sit directly on top of the tooth to help protect the remaining natural tooth structure. Crowns are fabricated to match the natural color of your neighboring teeth and will be custom designed in a dental lab using a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, resin, or metal.
Dental Crowns have a Long Life-Expectancy
The life expectancy of a dental crown can be based on a variety of different variables. If you properly take care of your teeth by exercising a good oral hygiene routine at home your dental crown will last several decades. This means following the suggested standards of brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day and avoiding hard foods that can crack the surface of teeth. The average life expectancy is usually between 5-15 years, but some dental crowns have lasted up to 30 years with proper oral hygiene maintenance.
The Difference between a Crown and Veneer
When you are considering your dental options at Padron Dental, you may be questioning what solution is best for your personal situation. If you have compared the option of a dental crown or a veneer, it is important to note that these procedures differ dramatically in purpose, placement, and functionality.
Veneers: Veneers are wafer-thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that only cover the front surface of your teeth to correct their shape, size, and color. They can hide signs of chips, cracks, and discoloration. They serve primarily as a cosmetic option rather than a restorative procedure.
Crowns: If you need a dental crown usually both you and your team at Padron Dental are interested in restoring both the appearance and the functionality of your tooth. As opposed to a veneer, a crown will cover the entire visible surface of the tooth above the gum line, allowing for more effective chewing and biting. The treatment also provides cosmetic benefits, but the primary purpose is focused on the repair of damaged or decayed tooth.
It will always best to discuss these multiple treatment options with Padron Dental to ensure you are comfortable with choosing the correct procedure for your dental concern.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Before we can place your dental crown, we need to take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question to identify and confirm that there is no damage below the gum line. If the root and gums are stable, we will remove any decayed or damaged area of the tooth before reshaping it to prepare for the fitting of the dental crown.
The next step is making an impression of the tooth to provide as a tool for the dental lab to fabricate your dental crown, a process that usually takes several weeks to complete. In the meantime, we may place a temporary crown, usually made from acrylic, to protect the reshaped tooth from any further damage.
When your dental crown is finished at the dental lab, we will schedule an appointment for the removal of the temporary crown and placement of the permanent one. Padron Dental may suggest a local anesthetic, so you are totally comfortable during the procedure. Once the shape and color of the crown are approved, we cement it into place, and you can enjoy your new smile.
Drs. Cassaro & Nguyen
Dr. Cassaro’s education began at Marquette University, where he earned his BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. He continued at Marquette University, attending their Dental School where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Ashley Nguyen is originally from upstate New York. Her first interest in dentistry came from her desire to help others attain a beautiful and healthy smile. This eventually led her to the University at Buffalo where she obtained a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. From there she attended dental school at Midwestern University located near Chicago, IL.
Side Effects are Minimal with a Dental Crown
Immediately following the placement of your dental crown, you may experience some slight sensitivity in your teeth or gums. This reaction is common and can be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever or with a prescription medication if the discomfort becomes intense. There are also rinses and pastes formulated to ease the discomfort of oral sensitivity we might suggest.
Are there any Risks with a Dental Crown?
When you receive a dental crown, it is important to continue to practice good oral hygiene daily to prevent decay and infections that can occur under the surface. The dental crown is designed to replicate your natural tooth so there is still the possibility of fracturing, cracking, and chipping if eating or chewing on hard foods.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your dental crown treatment is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.