Dentistry IQ reports that the average dental practice in the US places about 13 crowns (as single tooth restorations) per month. With nearly 200,000 active dentists, that adds up to a big portion of the population with at least one crown. Yet the procedure can vary a lot by practitioner, and even the little differences have a big influence on the experience. Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team in Dolton take patient satisfaction very seriously. Keep reading for more on the Pleasant Dental Smile Productions approach to crowns.

Crown background

Take a peek in the mirror at your teeth. The white parts above the gumline are natural crowns. Each pearly enamel shell covers a hard dentin layer, with a core of vascular and nerve tissues. Tooth crowns let you bite and tear food and grind it into bits that your body can digest. They also support facial structures allowing you to speak clearly and breath normally.

A dental crown is a cap that covers the exterior of a natural tooth crown. Roots remain intact in the jaw bone, and some dentin structure extends above. The artificial crown encircles it with a strong, restorative material shaped and often colored like the tooth.

A well-designed and properly placed dental crown restores oral function. You care for it like the rest of your teeth, with nightly flossing and daily brushing, giving a little extra attention to the margin where the crown meets gum tissue.

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How and when crowns are used

Though techniques and materials have advanced dramatically, crowns are one of the oldest types of dental restoration. Crowns have many applications in modern dentistry:

  • Repair a large area of decay.
  • Replace a portion broken off.
  • Hold pieces of a fractured tooth together.
  • Protect a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
  • Build up a worn-down tooth.
  • Support a tooth with a large existing filling (and not much natural structure left).
  • Anchor, a bridge – artificial teeth are held in place by crowns at either end of the bridge.
  • Finish a dental implant as a replacement for a missing tooth.
  • For cosmetic improvement in the size, shape, or color of a tooth.

Extra steps in Dolton make your tooth crown procedure pleasant

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If you are a new patient at Pleasant Dental Smile Productions, Dr. Dietrich meets with you in his office for the consultation – rather than a muffled, masked face looming over you in the chair. He takes plenty of time to explain why a crown is recommended and answers your questions about other potential treatment options.

You become an active part of your treatment planning team, with input on the type of crown you want. Gold is a premier choice. This noble metal will not tarnish or corrode. It is similar in hardness to tooth enamel, so it does not cause undue wear to the opposing tooth. With a high-quality gold product, there is minimal risk of allergy or reaction. Gold is very strong, easily withstanding bite force on back molars. Edges can be gently tapered at the margin, reducing the risk of plaque buildup at the gum line.

Many people, however, prefer a crown that blends with natural dentition. A PFM crown is made of metal, covered with tooth-colored dental ceramic – hence the name “porcelain fused to metal.” This type of crown is also strong and durable. A solid porcelain or zirconia crown has the light reflecting qualities and translucency of a natural tooth, and resist stains. All porcelain is a good pick for a front tooth crown.

When you are in agreement, the procedure is scheduled. It begins with numbing, using a technique Dr. Dietrich has perfected for virtually painless injections. The tooth is prepared by removing damaged portions and shaping it. Impressions are taken, and you and Dr. Dietrich select the shade of your restoration. This information goes to a dental laboratory where your crown is fabricated.

Meanwhile, the doctor places a temporary restoration to maintain appearance and function. You return to Pleasant Dental in a few weeks to have the interim crown painlessly removed, and the final crown cemented in place.

The cost of a dental crown can vary greatly, depending on the practice you choose. Dr. Dietrich is committed to providing quality dentistry at a reasonable price. Patients across the suburban Chicago area, from South Holland to Calumet City, Lansing, Homewood, and Flossmoor trust Pleasant Dental for affordable tooth crowns. Call (708) 576-1900 for an appointment.


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