Crowns and Bridges in Elk Grove Village, IL
If you have a tooth that is significantly decayed, weakened by extensive fillings, or is cracked and broken, a dental crown provides an opportunity to save the tooth.
Our dental crowns in Elk Grove Village, IL are made of quality materials and are always customized to match your teeth.
If a tooth is too damaged to save or you have lost teeth because of trauma, a bridge can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth with natural-looking prosthetics that function like your own teeth.
At Elk Grove Smile Center, we want you to enjoy a full smile and not worry about tooth breakage or tooth loss when eating your favorite meals.
If you would like to schedule an exam to learn more, or if you have a missing or damaged tooth, contact a member of our dental team today to schedule your consultation.
Also, check out some of our frequently asked questions below to learn more about our dental clinic and our quality crowns and bridges.
- What is a dental crown?
- How are dental crowns used?
- Will I need a dental crown after my root canal?
- What is a dental bridge?
- How long do dental bridges last?
- How do I avoid future tooth damage and loss?
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a sturdy cap that goes over your tooth to the gum line. It is tooth-shaped and colored to match your smile.
A dental crown allows you to smile with confidence, helps restore your dietary choices, and so much more.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations in all of dentistry, and your dentist in Elk Grove Village offers same-day crowns as well. In most cases, this means a new dental crown while you wait!
How are dental crowns used?
Dental crowns provide a natural-looking way to save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. While teeth are strong, they can sustain damage. Teeth that are cracked or broken are painful and can make it difficult to enjoy food and even speak. If you have a tooth that is injured and hurting, you may try to chew on the other side of your mouth, which can increase the pressure on that side and cause your other teeth to erode faster than usual. Eventually, you may wind up with more dental problems and even lost teeth.
Modern dental technology allows us to make dental crowns that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Additionally, our office is pleased to offer crowns that are completely free of metal. Older crowns used a metal base, and the result was an easily identifiable dark line right at the base of the gum line. Unfortunately, this meant that everybody could tell that you had a crown or a bridge. With non-metal crowns, you no longer have that dark line, meaning that the only people who know you have a crown are your dental team and anyone you choose to tell.
For best results, the affected tooth needs preparation for optimal fit. This allows the crown to sit comfortably and snugly in your mouth. Once placed, your crown essentially becomes a part of you. You care for your crowns in the same way you care for your natural teeth, brushing and flossing as directed by Dr. Advani and returning to our office for regular examinations and cleanings.
Specific uses for dental crowns include:
- Supporting a tooth weakened by trauma, cracks, or root infection
- Concealing flaws like cracks and discoloration
- Topping a dental implant post to fill in for your lost tooth
- Anchoring a dental bridge to close a smile gap.
Will I need a dental crown after my root canal?
A root canal is a term often used for root canal therapy. Your dentist in Elk Grove Village relies on this treatment if you have a root infection or tooth trauma. It is a way to restore your tooth to better health.
The procedure finds your dentist numbing the area and removing the infected root and pulp from your tooth. The tooth is then closed off with a temporary tooth filling. After healing is complete, you come back to our office for a permanent filling or a dental crown.
If the root infection and treatment left your tooth weak and brittle—subject to breakage—your dentist will recommend a tooth crown as opposed to a tooth-colored filling. The crown creates a safety zone between your weak tooth and your bite, allowing you to chew safely.
So, in some cases, you will need a root crown following your root canal treatment in Elk Grove Village.
What is a dental bridge?
Missing teeth often lead to many of the same problems as cracked and broken teeth. Additionally, over time the actual shape of your face may change as the bone in your jaw atrophies from lack of use. Several options are available to replace your missing teeth. One that has been popular for years is the dental bridge.
Unlike dentures or partials, the dental bridge is fixed in your mouth using crowns on existing teeth or dental implants. Like crowns, we are now able to make bridges that are metal-free for improved aesthetics. Dental bridges restore the functionality that is lost when you have missing teeth, and a bridge gives you a beautiful smile, free from gaps.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation and examination with Dr. Advani and find out more about crowns and bridges and how they can help you.
How long do dental bridges last?
A dental bridge fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth and prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for up to a decade—or even longer. It’s difficult to answer the question precisely since every patient who has a dental bridge is different.
There are many things our patients in Elk Grove Village, IL can do to ensure their dental bridges last as long as possible. One of the main things patients can do is to avoid foods that might put any stress on their dental bridge. For example, hard or chewy candy can put a lot of pressure on dental bridges.
A healthy diet that is high in fruit, vegetables, and fiber is good for oral and overall health. Avoiding sugary and starchy foods can help keep dental decay at bay.
Taking good care of your dental bridge by brushing and flossing regularly will also help protect your bridge and your remaining healthy teeth. Many dentists recommend a floss threader, which can get floss under the bridge to remove food that might be trapped there.
Visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings is another essential part of making sure your bridge lasts as long as possible.
How do I avoid future tooth damage and loss?
The best way to avoid tooth loss and damage—aside from trauma—is to visit your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings. You should also make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice each day to lower your risks for root infection, deep decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.
Contact Your Dentist in Elk Grove Village Today
If you have missing or damaged teeth, or questions about replacement options, including dental crowns and bridges, contact a member of our dental team today to schedule a consultation.
We look forward to restoring your smile!