Duct tape is one of the most useful items anyone can have around their home. We know that it happens to be the butt of a whole genre of jokes about how to fix things the wrong way, but that doesn’t take away from all that it can do. Similarly, dental crowns are extremely versatile when it comes to fixing different problems with your teeth.
Dr. Brar and Dr. Bram have been using dental crowns for many years to repair and restore the smiles that are in their care. To find out how these restorations can help you, visit us in South Elgin, Elgin, Sleepy Hollow, or St. Charles, IL for a free consultation, and read on.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are porcelain restorations that do one of two things:
- fit over a damaged tooth to shield it from the dangers of the outside world, or
- replace the tooth altogether.
When the crown is used to repair a tooth, it is hollow inside and acts like a cap. When replacing a tooth, the crown is solid.
The dental team at Brar Dentistry will help you determine which type of crown you need and can even provide it for you in one day! Thanks to our CEREC same-day dental crown technology, there is no waiting weeks for your new dental crown to be created. Now you can have it the same day you come in to see us.
What are Dental Crowns Used For?
Brar Dentistry has been helping patients fix their smiles with dental crowns for years. We’ve called the dental crown the Do-It-All of the dental world in this blog for a reason: There is almost no restorative or sometimes even cosmetic dental problem that these little devices can’t fix. Here are some of the most common uses for dental crowns.
- Cracked Teeth – Minor cracks are probably better suited for a less invasive solution, such as dental bonding, but as the crack gets more and more severe, we may use dental crowns to arrest the progression of the crack. The dental crown will support the tooth and prevent further damage. The crown will also hold up to biting forces and give you a useful tooth once again.
- Broken Teeth – A broken tooth is a very dangerous situation that needs to be remedied immediately. A break will expose the inner parts of your tooth, namely the nerve and surrounding pulp. Any injury to this area may require a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Your dental crown will cover the broken tooth, hold the pieces together, and return the tooth to a useful state.
- Severe Tooth Decay – Damage to your tooth isn’t solely caused by injury. Tooth decay can kill your tooth just as a severe crack or break can. Decay eats away at the structure of your tooth, and if you have severe tooth decay, you may not have enough natural tooth left for a dental filling. In these cases, a dental crown is often the most effective fix. Not only will it restore the look of your natural tooth, but it will also allow you to avoid a tooth removal.
There are other ways that dental crowns can help you smile as well: replacing a lost tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.
- Implant Restoration – We spoke earlier about solid dental crowns. A solid dental crown is placed on top of a dental implant to look and work in the same way your natural tooth did. Brar Dentistry has exacting standards for all of our restorative dental techniques, so you can be confident that your restoration will serve you well for years to come.
- Traditional Dental Bridge – If you have a gap in your smile and aren’t able to have a dental implant placed, a fixed bridge is the next best thing. These bridge restorations consist of two crowns with a replacement tooth (pontic) placed in between. The crowns are bonded onto healthy teeth on either side of your gap, effectively, “bridging” the gap in your smile.
Dental crowns from Brar Dentistry are a fast, effective, and reliable restorative dental fix. Call Brar Dentistry today to get dental crowns in one visit. You can reach one of our four area locations at 630-948-5583 to schedule your appointment. Dr. Brar and Dr. Bram are highly skilled and have a proven track record when it comes to correcting smiles.