Dental Crowns in Chicago
Revitalize and strengthen damaged teeth with dental crowns that we can design, manufacture and install in a single appointment!
Crowns are used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. During this procedure, the damaged part of a tooth is removed and replaced with a permanent prosthetic cap. This technique strengthens and protects weakened teeth from further damage, and can also improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
Crowns can be used to:
- Strengthen teeth that have suffered from extensive damage
- Reinforce teeth that have undergone root canal treatment
- Attach to dental implants as a prosthetic tooth replacement
At Lincoln Park Smiles we have invested in highly advanced restoration design and manufacturing technology to provide same day restorations.
Unlike traditional restorative dentistry that can take weeks and multiple appointments to complete, our CEREC technology allows our dental professionals to design, mill and install restorations all in a single appointment!
How Are Dental Crowns Installed?
Dental crowns are used in a wide range of treatments and the installation process varies based on the treatment. For example, the procedure for installation is different if the patient has an implant and different if they have a root canal. Here’s a brief look at the dental crown installation process:
- Examination – The dentist will first examine the damaged tooth or teeth to determine what kind of treatment is needed. The goal is to preserve as much of the natural teeth as possible.
- Preparation – Dental crowns can’t be placed on full-sized natural teeth because that will throw off the natural alignment of your mouth. The dentist will need to remove some dental matter to create space for the teeth. This is not required in the case of implants or total loss of visible tooth matter.
- Measure – Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will measure the space carefully to determine what the dimension of the crown will be. These measurements are sent to a lab where the new crown is fabricated. The patients will get a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready.
- Permanent Installation – Once the dentist receives the permanent crown, they will carefully remove the temporary one and place it on the natural root or implant. The permanent crown is glued to the underlying base with a special dental cement or will be mounted on the implant.
Once the permanent crown is in place, the patient can carry out their regular lifestyle. It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions to the letter to ensure the crown stays in place for a long time.
How Are We Different?
At Lincoln Park Smiles, we use the CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology for this process. Regular dental crown installation requires two appointments and can take a lot of time.
With CEREC, we can complete the entire process in-house and in the same appointment. This means you can walk out of the clinic with near permanent crowns on the same day and there’s no waiting period in between. Here’s a look at what to expect:
- After the dentist has prepared the treatment area, they will use the CEREC camera to conduct a thorough scan of your teeth.
- This digital photograph will be transferred to the CEREC system’s CAD program, where it will be converted into a detailed 3D image with accurate dimensions.
- The dentist will modify the data and image if needed to make sure it fits the patient’s mouth well.
- After the model is approved, the dentist will place a ceramic block in CEREC’s mill and start the machine. The mill will chip and shape the block until it takes on the shape of the customized dental crown.
- The dentist will place the crown on the treatment area to check its fit and if the fit is accurate, they will affix it to the base.
The CEREC procedure is quick, easy, and effective. You can have a great dental crown without spending too much time on the treatment.
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