Dental Crowns – Northbrook, IL

Protecting Teeth, Saving Smiles

Couple with dental crowns in Northbrook

At Northbrook Dental Group, our team of professionals recognizes that even the most diligent oral hygiene routines can still suffer decay and damage. When this happens, a tooth-colored filling may not be enough to treat a cavity, or the crack or chip may be more damaging than originally thought. This is why we offer custom-made dental crowns in Northbrook. Offering optimal protection, our crowns are made from various materials and placed to ensure comfort and support. Call us today if you think you might benefit from one of our dental crowns.

Why Choose Northbrook Dental Group for Dental Crowns?

  • Metal-Free Restorations Available
  • Dental Insurance is Welcome
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology Used

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns in Northbrook

A dental crown is more than just a custom-made restoration that protects a tooth. It is tailor-made to match the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth so that it blends with your natural smile and provides you the opportunity to eat, smile, and speak without concern.

Other materials are commonly used to create dental crowns as well, such as gold, lithium disilicate, zirconia, and others. The type of crown you receive will ultimately be determined by where it must be placed inside your mouth.

Yes, dental crowns are designed to fit over natural teeth, but with proper care and maintenance, they can last 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. 

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Damaged tooth in Northbrook

You must meet with your dentist in Northbrook to determine if you need a dental crown, as we have diagnostic imaging and a professional eye to catch problem areas. However, if you notice any of the following, there is a greater chance you’ll be receiving a dental crown sooner rather than later:

  • A tooth is broken or severely damaged
  • A filling is expanding and causing damage to your tooth
  • You received a root canal and need proper support and protection for your tooth
  • You received a dental implant and need the appropriate restoration placed on top
  • Extreme dental decay is causing problems and posing a risk to nearby teeth

The Dental Crown Process

Dental crown in Northbrook

When learning that you need a dental crown to support a vulnerable tooth, you can expect it will take two dental appointments. The first will include a thorough examination and cleaning of the tooth’s structure. We’ll need to remove any decayed areas of the tooth as well as prep it so that the crown, when placed, will fit correctly over the top.

We’ll then capture impressions of your tooth so that it can be sent to a dental lab for restoration creation. It can take several weeks before your crown arrives back in our office, so you’ll be required to wear a temporary one in the meantime.

When ready, we’ll remove the temporary crown and install the new, permanent one so that your smile is properly protected and fully functional.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

Man smiling with dental crown Northbrook

Although the idea of wearing a dental crown might not seem ideal, the reality is that without it, you could be faced with serious oral health problems that only worsen over time. By choosing to move forward with this restorative solution, you can expect there to be many great benefits, such as:

  • A restoration that can last a decade or longer with appropriate care
  • A crown that is highly durable and capable of withstanding daily wear and tear
  • The opportunity to eat and speak without much concern as well as embrace great confidence because you feel the freedom to smile

Dental Crown FAQs

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

Though dental crowns are not technically permanent, they are a long-term solution that can last up to fifteen years with excellent care. A dentist must reshape a tooth for a dental crown to be placed, so the tooth will have to wear one from that point onward for protection. However, dental crowns also protect damaged teeth so they can last longer. The best way to make your crown last as long as possible is to practice excellent oral hygiene and see us for regular exams and cleanings.

How Do You Know When a Dental Crown Needs to Be Replaced?

While your dentist is the only one who can make the call that your crown needs to be replaced, there are a few signs that yours might be nearing the end of its lifespan. A few of these include:

  • Discomfort: A tooth with cavities will need to have its crown removed so the infection can be treated.
  • Looseness: If your crown feels loose whenever you’re biting, chewing, or speaking, contact our office.
  • Visible wear: If your crown is showing chips, cracks, or stains, the crown is probably compromised, meaning it needs to be replaced.
  • A thin dark line: If a thin dark line is forming around the base of your crown, it may be separating from the metal. This may mean that the crown is due for replacement.

Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

While dental crowns are completely immune to cavities, the teeth wearing them can still develop these nasty infections. If tooth decay develops after a crown is placed, the restoration will have to be removed so the infection can be treated. Afterward, our dentist will decide whether it can be fixed back onto the tooth or if it needs to be replaced. The best way to prevent a crowned tooth from developing cavities is to practice excellent oral hygiene and visit our office regularly.

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Each dental crown is customized to fit a patient’s tooth perfectly. While a tooth may feel odd after receiving one, this should fade over the coming days until the tooth feels completely natural again. Crowns are crafted from strong materials and designed to withstand the pressures of chewing, so you should be able to eat normally. While a dental crown may seem slightly different in texture from the rest of your teeth, you will probably forget that it is even there once you’ve had it long enough.