Porcelain Dental Crowns

A compromised tooth affected by trauma or decay can be painful and put your oral health at risk

Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey can repair your tooth with a porcelain dental crown at his office serving the greater Chicago, IL, area. Porcelain dental crowns repair your tooth while providing natural-looking aesthetics.

Why are crowns highly recommended?

Restore Badly Damaged Teeth

Crowns cover the entire tooth's structure, protecting it from further damage after decay, infection, and other trauma. In some cases, a dentist can use a crown to save your tooth from extraction.

Enjoy Long-Lasting Results

Dental crowns are made from medical-grade porcelain that is made to withstand chewing and biting forces. With proper care and regular visits to the dentist, crowns can last for many years.

Improve the Look of Your Smile

Every crown is custom-made to match the color, shine, and texture of your surrounding teeth, so it will blend in seamlessly with your smile while concealing cosmetic flaws like cracks and fractures.

Video: The Crown Placement Process

 A dental crown is essentially a “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth. This cap is customized to not only fit over the damaged tooth, but also to correctly align with your bite. Dr. Coffey is highly skilled in the creation and placement of custom dental crowns, so you can feel comfortable knowing your dental crown will be a perfect fit. 

Illustration of placing a dental crown

Creation and Placement of Your Custom Crown

The placement of dental crowns is generally a two-part process. During your first appointment, Dr. Coffey reshapes your damaged tooth to accommodate the crown. He may also need to reshape your gums slightly as well. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, you may need a filling, which Dr. Coffey can place at this time. Once the reshaping is complete, he will take impressions of your tooth, which he will send to a local dental laboratory for the creation of your crown. A temporary crown is usually placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready for placement.

A dental crown can address a number of cosmetic concerns, in addition to repairing a tooth that has suffered damage.

In the dental lab, a technician will craft your custom crown from porcelain, which is carefully selected to match the shade of your surrounding teeth. It can take up to two weeks for the lab to finish your crown. Once it is ready, Dr. Coffey will remove your temporary crown and use a strong dental adhesive to bond your permanent porcelain crown in place. After ensuring a secure and comfortable fit, he will polish the crown for a smooth and natural appearance.

When Is a Dental Crown Needed?

A dental crown can address a number of cosmetic concerns, in addition to repairing a tooth that has suffered damage. Aesthetically, if you have a tooth that is unresponsive to professional teeth whitening, a single crown can conceal the discolored tooth to provide you with a seamless smile. A crown can also address a wide range of minor to more severe damage. Whether the tooth is chipped or cracked or decayed, a crown can cover the tooth to restore strength and function. Dental crowns are also useful in instances when the tooth is too damaged for a filling. 

How You Can Benefit from a Custom Dental Crown

Porcelain crowns are customized to match the rest of your smile. This provides a number of aesthetic benefits over metal crowns. A porcelain crown can whiten your smile, and porcelain is stain resistant. Porcelain is also durable, so with proper care, your crown will last many years. Replacing your tooth with a porcelain crown restores strength to the tooth while protecting your natural tooth from further damage. It will alleviate any discomfort you were experiencing and provide you with the necessary support to chew and speak with ease and comfort.

Dr. Coffey

Dr. Coffey has been practicing dentistry since 1986. His goal is to ensure you feel excited about, and empowered by, your results. He is proud to be affiliated with a variety of organizations, including:

  • The American Equilibration Society
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The American Dental Associations

For more information about our services, contact our Orland Park office online or call (708) 403-7888 today.

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