Posts for tag: dental crowns

By Randall Oaks Dental
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

If you're concerned about the health of a tooth which is cracked, decayed or otherwise unhealthy, a dental crown from Dr. Dan Adamo at dental crownsRandall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville may be your treatment of choice. Crafted with high-grade, lifelike ceramic, your new crown can support and protect your tooth.

Improve many aspects of your dental health

A dental crown, or cap, improves the appearance, health and function of an ailing tooth as it replaces damaged enamel above the gum line. Some teeth which need crowns are simply decayed or have many fillings.

To see if a dental crown would help you, your Carpentersville dentist will inspect your tooth and X-ray it. Then, Dr. Adamo will take oral impressions which help the dental lab custom-craft and color your crown.

To accept a crown, your tooth must be reworked in shape and size to remove flawed enamel and so it fits together with the finished restoration. You'll wear a temporary cap over the prepared tooth while your new permanent crown is made at the lab. At your final appointment at Randall Oaks Dental, you'll receive your new crown, firmly cemented in place with a strong, permanent adhesive.

Besides capping a single tooth, a crown can cover a dental implant, today's best tooth replacement choice. If a patient needs a conventional bridge to span a smile gap, Dr. Adamo will use crowns on either side of the prosthetic to anchor it to natural teeth.

Preserving your crown

Care for your new crown with twice daily brushing and once daily flossing to keep crown margins plaque-free. Watch what you eat so you do not crack your crown or dislodge it. If you grind your teeth, a bite guard may be recommended.

Come see us

At Randall Oaks Dental, we love to see our patients smile with good health and self-confidence. To learn if a crown could help your smile, call our office for an appointment: (224) 484-8221.

By Randall Oaks Dental
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

Find out more about these popular dental restorations and how they work.

Crowns and Bridges

Has our Carpentersville, IL, dentist Dr. Dan Adamo recently told that you that you could benefit from a crown or bridge? Are you dealing with a damaged smile that you know could be improved by restorative dentistry? Whatever the case might be, we are here to provide you with the lowdown on what crowns and bridges are and how they can help you.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration or cap that is designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth to encapsulate and protect it. A crown is most often used for restorative purposes to protect a weak or damaged tooth from incurring more damage. By covering the tooth with a strong, durable tooth-colored material, we can prevent the tooth from weakening further over time.

Our Carpentersville restorative dentist may place a dental crown over:

  • A severely decayed tooth after it’s been treated
  • A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
  • A tooth that has been cracked or fractured
  • A badly malformed or discolored tooth (to improve the tooth’s shape, size, and color)
  • A tooth that has been severely weakened by decay
  • A tooth with an old dental filling that can no longer fully support and protect it

Crowns are also implemental in treating tooth loss, as they cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or crowns can be placed on either side of a toothless gap to support a dental bridge.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom-made oral appliance that is made to fill the gap left over by one or two missing teeth with artificial teeth. In order to do this, we will need to make sure that the natural teeth on both sides of the gap are strong enough to support dental crowns and your bridge. If they are, we will have two crowns custom-made to fit over these teeth. Once the crowns are cemented over the teeth, they can now support and hold the false tooth or teeth in place.

If you are missing one or two teeth in a row but the rest of your smile is healthy then you could be an ideal candidate for dental bridges. Those dealing with severe cosmetic flaws or damaged teeth should talk to us about whether crowns are the best approach for protecting your smile.

Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy beautiful smile however possible. No matter whether you just need to a routine dental cleaning or you want to discuss your cosmetic or restorative dentistry options with us, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

By Randall Oaks Dental
December 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Want to learn more about this common dental restoration and why it’s used?

Are you dealing with a weakened or damaged tooth? If so, then our Carpentersville, IL, dentist Dr. Dan Adamo may have recommended dental crownsthat you get a dental crown to protect the rest of your tooth’s natural structure. “What is a dental crown?” you may be wondering. We are glad you asked!

A dental crown is a restoration that is designed to cover the entire crown of a weak or damaged tooth to restore strength and improve function while also improving its appearance, as well. The crown is custom-designed to fit over the tooth, where it is then cemented into place. While there are different kinds of materials from which a crown can be made, the most common type is a composite resin or porcelain crown because they most closely resemble the color and look of a natural tooth.

Our Carpentersville, IL, general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if you are dealing with a tooth that has incurred extensive damage from decay or trauma. If decay is caught soon enough then a dental filling may be all that’s needed to restore the tooth; however, if decay is left untreated then it will continue to spread until a dental filling won’t be enough to support the damaged tooth. When this happens the best option is placing a dental crown.

A dental crown can also be placed over a tooth that is misshapen or malformed, or significantly discolored. While there are other options out there to improve the overall appearance of your tooth, if your tooth has weakened over the years and could use a cosmetic spruce, then a dental crown will be the best way to improve both how it looks and how it functions.

Besides esthetic and restorative benefits, a dental crown can also be used to stabilize and support a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. Furthermore, it can also be placed over a single dental implant to replace a missing tooth or teeth for the rest of your life.

Whether you want to find out more about dental crowns or you want to chat about the cosmetic or preventive dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dentist at Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, today.

By Randall Oaks Dental
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A fractured or broken tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

No matter whether you injured your tooth while playing sports or you didn’t even know a tooth was broken until you visited our dental crownsCarpentersville, IL, dentist, Dr. Dan Adamo, during a routine exam, this tooth will need to be treated right away to prevent further damage. Of course, you may be wondering the best way to protect a damaged or weak tooth. The answer lies in a dental crown.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are one of the most popular restorations used in dentistry today, so chances are pretty good that you know what a dental crown is already, but it’s not a bad idea to provide a little information just in case. A dental crown is a dental cap that is customized to look just like the crown of a natural tooth. Of course, this restoration is hollow so that it can fit right over a tooth to cover it.

When is a dental crown recommended?

There are many scenarios in which our Carpentersville general dentist will advise you to get a dental crown including:

  • To restrengthen a fractured, cracked or broken tooth
  • To protect a weak tooth from further damage
  • To improve the color, shape or size of a tooth
  • To support a tooth after root canal treatment
  • To stabilize a dental bridge
  • To cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth

While most people think of dental fillings and assume that they are only meant for damaged or root canal-treated teeth, they can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. That’s right. Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes. Have a tooth that has severe discolorations that even professional teeth whitening can’t handle? Have a tooth that is malformed, misshapen or distorted in some way? Dental crowns could certainly improve the appearance of your tooth or teeth.

Do you have questions about dental crowns? Want to find out if this is the right treatment option for you? Then call Randal Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, today at (224) 484-8221 to learn more about how this restorative dentistry could protect your smile.

By Randall Oaks Dental
February 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

A “crown” or a “cap” is the term used to restore a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be completely encased to protect the tooth beneath it. A crown's dual purpose is to restore the tooth's form and function. Decades ago gold was the material of choice for a crown. What we ultimately choose depends on a particular crown's requirements with regard to the tooth's appearance and function, and to some extent what you want.

Gold: Gold crowns last the longest and wear the best (at about the same rate as natural teeth), but they are not used as frequently today, especially if they are visible in a person's smile. Gold crowns are made of cast gold, a technique that has been in use for over a hundred years. They can last for decades, and have been known to last 50 years or more. They tend to cost less per tooth than porcelain or other materials.

All-Porcelain: “All porcelain” crowns have a natural appearance and as technology improves they are gaining popularity. Dental porcelains are composed of ceramic substances that are variations of glass. This gives them their translucent, lifelike appearance — but it makes them brittle and subject to fracture. Therefore all-porcelain crowns may not be a good choice for back teeth because they frequently fail under the biting forces applied during chewing and especially adverse habits like tooth clenching or grinding. Porcelain crowns are made of material that doesn't wear. Consequently, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth they bite against.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have been in use for more than 40 years. They combine a substructure of gold or platinum for strength and have porcelain “facings” for the visible surfaces. In some ways they combine the best of both worlds, but they do have some problems; the metal can show through the porcelain, detracting from its life-like appearance. These crowns can have a functional lifespan of about 20 years or more.

New and Future Materials: Newer “pressed-ceramic” restorations and computer-milled ceramics have received good reviews for aesthetics and service. These new materials are being intensively researched. Initial results look good, but we'll have to see how they last over time.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about crowns and other dental restorations. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?