Dental Crowns

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Dental Crowns

Is a broken, infected, or missing tooth causing you dental sensitivity and affecting the appearance of your smile?

Dr. Robert W. Hessberger can place a custom dental crown over a damaged tooth or dental implant to restore your smile. 

Why do patients from Niles, Norridge, Park Ridge, and all over Chicago, IL, choose dental crown treatment at our office?

What Can Crowns Address?

Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that can correct a variety of issues. You may consider getting a crown if you have...

Broken Teeth

If you have a broken tooth because of trauma or excessive grinding, a crown can cover that tooth and protect it.

Infected Teeth

A severe cavity or bacterial infection typically requires root canal therapy. We then use crowns to cover those teeth and prevent further damage. 

Missing Teeth

A missing tooth (or teeth) can be restored with an implant-supported crown that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth designed to restore and protect the structural integrity of a natural tooth that is severely damaged by injury or decay. A crown can either cap an existing tooth or replace a tooth entirely when supported by a dental implant. At our practice, we almost always use crowns made entirely of natural-looking porcelain.

Same-Day Crowns

MAXIMUM CONVENIENCEOur office near Niles, Norridge, and Park Ridge features advanced CEREC® technology that allows us to fabricate custom-designed crowns in under an hour. This state-of-the-art machine makes it possible for you to receive root canal treatment and a crown all in one office visit. This same-day system uses CAD-CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology to take precise digital impressions of your mouth. We then upload these impressions to the CEREC machine, which quickly creates a durable, natural-looking crown out of high-quality porcelain.

The Benefits 

Crowns can strengthen and stabilize a tooth while completely restoring the appearance of your smile. You will find that crown treatment can...

Restore Dental Function
Crowns repair tooth damage, allowing you to once again eat the foods you enjoy.

Alleviate Dental Sensitivity
Dental crown treatment can relieve the pain, bleeding, and swelling that accompanies a tooth infection. 

Protect Tooth Structure
A crown encapsulates the entire tooth, protecting the weakened structure from further damage.

Improve Aesthetics 
Damaged teeth often have shadowy appearances or visible cracks. Our crowns are made of lifelike porcelain, providing you with a full, bright smile.

Increase Your Confidence
Patients with strong, healthy teeth are happy to show off their smiles, leading to better self-confidence and improved quality of life. 

Effective, Natural-Looking Results - When it comes to the health of your smile, you want a dentist with practical experience to diagnose and properly treat you. Since 1984, Dr. Hessburger has been helping patients from Niles, Norridge, Park Ridge, and all of Chicago, IL, restore their smiles with dental crowns. 

If you suspect you are in need of a crown, request a consultation with our dentist today. You can request a consultation by filling out our online form or by calling: (773) 792-5562

Prior to recommending you for a dental crown, Dr. Hessberger will assess your health and the condition of your teeth. Factors we consider when determining your candidacy include... 

Oral Health
Other than the tooth you intend to treat with a crown, you should be in good oral health. If you have a more serious dental condition or periodontal disease, we may first need to treat those issues before moving onto your crown.

Enamel Density 
You will need to have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel if you wish to cap a natural tooth with a crown. If your enamel is not strong enough, it may be better to extract the tooth and replace it through dental implant treatment.

Dental Crown Timeline 

Here are the steps for treatment when you receive a crown at our Chicago, IL, dental practice...

Exam - Dr. Hessberger will perform an oral exam and determine whether your tooth needs a crown. We will discuss your budget and crown options and develop a custom treatment plan.

Preparation - If necessary, we will first remove any infected tissue from the tooth through root canal therapy. Once the tooth is clean, we will shave off a small layer of surface enamel to make room for the crown.

Construction - Our dentist will take digital impressions of your bite and upload those scans to our CEREC machine. The machine will rapidly craft a porcelain crown that will perfectly fit in your bite and match the appearance of your existing teeth.

Placement - Once your crown is ready, Dr. Hessberger will check the look and fit and make any necessary adjustments. Then, he will bond the crown to the surface of your tooth.

The Cost of Dental Crowns

What does a crown cost?
At our practice in Chicago, IL, a single crown costs between $900 and $1,100. While this may seem steep, remember that treatment with crowns is often necessary to preserve the function of your bite. Choosing not to receive a crown will only cause more pain and expense down the line. We will work with you to make sure restorative dental care fits in your budget.

Will insurance cover a crown?
Many dental insurance plans will partially or completely cover the cost of dental crowns. Our team is available to review your policy with you and make sure you maximize your benefits. We accept payment from several different providers, relieving our patients' out-of-pocket expenses.

Are there other financing options?
Yes! We work with CareCredit®, a third-party lender that enables you to split the cost of dentistry into manageable monthly payments, reducing the up-front cost of treatment.

Our Prices Are Fair and Competitive
"As always, Dr. Hessberger and his staff are pleasant and professional.  Pricing for their services is competitive.  What more could you want?  Thank you for being there for your patients!"

Address Damaged Teeth as Soon as Possible

Save Money
Early detection and treatment are crucial if you want to avoid more expensive restorative work. Procedures like extractions and implants can be costly, but we can avoid them altogether if we place a crown now.

Avoid the Spread of Infection
If you have an infection and it remains untreated, the bacteria can spread to other teeth, causing further damage. Remove the infection and receive a crown now to avoid serious health concerns.

Prevent Tooth Loss
A damaged or infected tooth will continue to deteriorate until the natural structure cannot be saved. Preserving your natural teeth is always the best option, so seek treatment soon in order to prevent the need for extraction.

Don't Delay Treatment! 
If you have experienced dental damage or decay, we can 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 Chicago, IL, office online or give us a call at: (773) 792-5562

Maintaining Your Dental Crown

With proper care, a crown can last well over a decade. Caring for your dental crown is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Check out our tips to ensure a long-lasting dental crown...

Practice Good Oral Hygiene - Brush and floss daily. You can remove bacteria and food particles from hard to reach areas with an oral irrigator (a water flosser).

Avoid Excess Pressure - Refrain from biting your nails, opening packages with your teeth, and chewing excessively hard or sticky foods.

Attend Regular Check-Ups - Visit our Chicago, IL, office twice a year for a deep cleaning and exam to ensure your crown is intact and healthy. 

I have already lost my tooth. How do implant-supported crowns work?


If you have missing teeth or need to have your damaged tooth extracted, dental implants are your best option for tooth restoration. Implants are titanium posts that our dentist can surgically place in your jawbone. Over a period of a few months, the implants fuse with the bone, and they are then able to provide secure support to crowns and dentures.

As a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Hessberger is one of the most qualified implant dentists in all of Chicago. If you are curious about dental implants, we encourage you to send us a message today.

Dr. Hessberger and his team - We provide complete implant care at our office near Niles, Norridge, and Park Ridge.

Alternatives to Dental Crowns

Perhaps dental crowns are not for you, and you are looking for an alternative treatment. Maybe you are thinking of adding another procedure for more comprehensive enhancement. We offer a wide range of treatments that can be custom-tailored to suit your needs. Some of our popular treatments include...

Veneers - Veneers are thin porcelain shells that we bond to the front surfaces of teeth. These are a great option for patients who desire cosmetic enhancement and don't necessarily need the protection of a dental crown.

Whitening - When discoloration affects the surface layer of tooth enamel, a whitening treatment can restore teeth to a dazzling bright shade. Whitening is a fast and effective way to make a drastic difference in the appearance of teeth.

Dental Bonding - Bonding involves the application of tooth-colored resin to the surface of teeth to mask minor imperfections like cracks or chips. While bonding may not last as long as an alternative cosmetic treatment, it is an affordable way to make quick repairs. 


We combine experience with the latest in dental technology to deliver the best patient experience possible.



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