Your teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body, but your enamel isn’t indestructible. If a tooth has suffered significant damage, such as from decay or trauma, Dr. Lam can save your smile with custom-made restorations. Dental crowns in Wheaton are versatile, allowing them to offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic benefits. Dr. Lam will create the high-quality crown you need to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile.
A crown is a customized cap that’s placed over the entire surface of a tooth visible above the gum line. Modern restorations are made of all-ceramic material to look like a real tooth. You won’t have to worry about a dark restoration blemishing your smile while enjoying the same durability. A crown can be used alone or along with other treatments. Your dentist in Wheaton, Dr. Lam, may recommend one for several reasons, such as:
Although crowns are the most widely performed restorative treatment, they are only recommended when there aren’t any other options because you’ll have to alter your tooth permanently. Don’t worry, you’ll enjoy a lasting solution for long-term results.
You’ll need an initial consultation for a crown to establish a personalized treatment plan, which will occur in 2 phases. During your first appointment, any preparatory work is performed, like a root canal. Your tooth will also be reshaped to allow the crown to fit over it. Dr. Lam uses an advanced impression system to get the exact measurements necessary to create your crown. The impression is sent to the dental lab, where they will create your restoration from all-ceramic material. It will be carefully crafted to meet your specifications, which can take a couple of weeks. As a result, you’ll need a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait.
Once the dental lab has sent your restoration back to our office, you’ll return to have your temporary crown removed. Your tooth will be cleaned before your permanent crown is bonded to your tooth. You’ll walk out of our office with a high-quality restoration that looks like a real tooth.
Your crown can last for a decade or longer with a commitment to your oral health. Besides brushing and flossing, don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and checkup twice per year.
Crowns are a tried-and-proven solution to preserve natural teeth. They offer several advantages, including:
If you need a dental crown, we can restore your smile using the latest techniques and technologies in dentistry. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a metal-free crown.