Cityview Dental Arts
Jerry Bock, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Bucktown, Chicago, IL
Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. If you think you might need a crown, contact Dr. Jerry Bock at Cityview Dental Arts, or book an appointment online. Cityview Dental Arts is conveniently located near you in the Bucktown and Wicker Park areas of Chicago.
Crown Q & A
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It is sculpted to the shape of the original tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.
Why would I need a crown?
Dr. Bock may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.
A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they’re strengthened with a crown.
Dental crowns can restore your smile’s beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.
What are the different types of crowns?
There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:
- Stainless steel
- Gold or another alloy
- Porcelain fused to metal
The material used for your crown will depend on your situation and the crown’s purpose. For example, stainless steel is typically the go-to material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.
Metal crowns are strong and able to withstand the impact of biting and chewing, but because of their noticeable color, they’re commonly reserved for rear molars.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren’t perfect. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.
All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they’re also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.
What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, your Cityview Dental Arts professional takes some digital X-rays to assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown.
Next, Dr. Bock will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. After the tooth is prepared, he will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will go to the dental lab and be used to create a custom crown. Dr. Bock will fabricate a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown is completed and in place.
What are same-day crowns?
Unlike traditional crowns, which take at least two appointments and several weeks to create, same-day CEREC® crowns are molded and fitted onto your teeth during one simple appointment.
These same-day crowns are created through CAM/CAD technology, which fabricates your crown right in Dr. Bock’s office. Once the crown is designed, it will be fitted into your mouth right away.
Not only are they convenient and durable, but same-day CEREC® crowns also mold perfectly to your natural teeth to create a polished look for your smile.
To learn more about dental crowns, call Cityview Dental Arts, or make an appointment online.