Dr. Robert W. Hessberger can place custom-made dental crowns over the top of a tooth to repair moderate chips and cracks and provide added strength. A dental crown is often recommended when damage is too severe for a tooth-colored filling or inlay or onlay. A customized dental crown can provide lasting results, and when these restorations are made from porcelain, they can effectively restore the aesthetics of your smile. At our Chicago, IL, dental practice, Dr. Hessberger will work closely with our trusted lab technicians to ensure your dental crown blends beautifully with your smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a restorative procedure designed to cover a tooth and restore the structural integrity of a tooth that is severely damaged as a result of trauma, injury, or decay. When a crown is supported by a dental implant, you can enjoy unrivaled stability and a long-lasting restoration. There are a variety of materials dentists offer to create dental crowns, including ceramic, porcelain, metal, and composite resin. A crown made from ceramic or porcelain will provide the most realistic and durable results. During your consultation, Dr. Hessberger will present all the options to you so that you can determine which solution will best fit your budget and health goals.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Generally, candidates for dental crowns are those patients who enjoy otherwise sound oral health and who are non-smokers. Prior to recommending you for a dental crown, Dr. Hessberger will determine the extent of any damage by reviewing a series of x-rays of your teeth and jawbone. After a detailed examination, he will create a treatment plan customized to meet your individualized needs and cosmetic goals.
Dental crowns can provide added strength and stability to a tooth as well as completely restore the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental crowns are typically recommended for patients with teeth that:
- Are chipped or cracked
- Are severely decayed
- Are severely stained or discolored
- Are misshapen
- Have been damaged from teeth grinding
- Require root canal therapy treatment
- Are missing and being replaced with a dental implant
For patients missing a tooth, Dr. Hessberger will first perform dental implant placement surgery to restore the tooth root.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
Prior to beginning the procedure, Dr. Hessberger will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic and remove any infection. He will then gently reshape the tooth in order to create a solid foundation for the crown. Once the tooth has been adequately shaped, he or a member of our team will take impressions of your smile for the dental lab to use in fabricating your custom-made dental crown.
Because dental crowns may take anywhere from one to two weeks to design, Dr. Hessberger will attach a temporary crown over the reshaped tooth to prevent discomfort or sensitivity. At your follow-up appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Hessberger will ensure that the newly designed crown fits properly. If necessary, he will make any necessary modifications before cementing the crown in place to reveal a newly refurbished smile.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can provide added strength and stability to a tooth as well as completely restore the aesthetics of your smile. Once your restoration is in place, you will be able to enjoy:
- Restored dental function
- Alleviated discomfort
- Improved symmetry and balance to your smile and bite
- Protection from further oral damage and decay
Restore Your Grin
If you have experienced dental damage or decay, we can help alleviate discomfort and improve the function and aesthetics of your smile with a custom-made dental crown. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hessberger, contact our office online today or by calling (773) 792-5562.