Broken, damaged, or weakened teeth can be fortified and protected with dental crowns. Historically, these restorations were purely functional. They did not improve the appearance of a smile significantly, but they restored the ability to speak clearly and chew efficiently, as well as preventing damage to the treated tooth. Today, patients have the option of choosing cosmetic porcelain dental crowns, which restore the functionality and esthetics of teeth.

Our cosmetic crowns are fabricated in a quality dental laboratory, by technicians with extensive experience. However, even the very best ceramist can only create a crown as good as the design. To ensure proper shape, precise impressions of the upper and lower arches are needed. For optimal esthetics, the color must be matched perfectly to that of your natural teeth.

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Coloring

Dr. Dietrich will use a shade guide to determine the best color match for your tooth. Dental porcelain is highly stain resistant, so it will retain its coloring. However, it is also resistant to bleaching gels. If the crown is matched to dark or yellowed teeth, it will be unchanged while your teeth become several shades lighter. Be sure to tell the doctor if you plan of whitening your teeth after the crown is placed, so that this issue can be taken into consideration.

Design

After the damaged portion of the tooth has been removed, and the remaining structure has been shaped, Dr. Dietrich will take impressions. The impression material starts out as a fairly soft almost dough like consistency. It is placed in trays that fit in your mouth comfortably. The tray will need to stay in your mouth for about one to three minutes while the impression sets up. The result is a rubbery mold, which is used to create a stone replica of your teeth, for use by the dental lab. An additional, smaller impression is usually taken for use in creating a temporary crown.

The temporary is placed on the prepared tooth, so that you can eat and smile normally while waiting for your permanent restoration. Fabrication of the crown by a laboratory may take up to three weeks, as this is precision work. A natural appearance is achieved using various techniques such as adding subtle color inclusions and layering the porcelain to mimic the natural appearance of tooth enamel.

In addition to cosmetic crowns, Dr. Dietrich offers a new highly durable material called zirconia, which may be preferable in some situations due to strength or affordability. If your smile is in need of restoration, call Pleasant Dental at (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment. We are located in Dolton, proudly serving area communities such as Calumet City, Riverdale, and South Holland.

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