If you have a damaged or weakened tooth, you may be wondering what your options are. Will your dentist in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, extract it, leaving you with an ugly gap and problems with chewing? Don't worry. You have alternatives to extraction. One is a dental crown from Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry. After careful evaluation of your damaged tooth, he can tell you if a full dental crown, or cap, is your best restorative solution.
FAQs about dental crowns
So, after evaluation, Dr. Riyal says your tooth is sufficiently healthy below the gum line to accept a dental crown. You probably have many questions about this great restoration, and your dentist in Ukranian Village, Chicago, happily will answer them. In the meantime, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns.
- What does a dental crown look like? A dental crown looks like a tooth. However, it's really a custom-made, tooth-shaped cover that fits over your remaining enamel.
- What are crowns made of? These days, most crowns are all-porcelain because of its natural looks, durability and versatility. Porcelain crowns function well most anywhere in the mouth, including on molars.
- Is the procedure lengthy? Crown treatments take two to three one-hour appointments at Miswak Dentistry. The first involves digital X-rays, oral impressions, and formulation of a treatment plan. Dr. Riyal also removes the damaged portions of the tooth and shapes it to receive the restoration.
- Will I go home with a short, ugly tooth? No, you'll wear a temporary restoration while you wait for your new crown to come from the dental lab (usually a one- to two-week process).
- Will my crown last? Most crowns last about 10 years or even more. Much depends on your oral hygiene habits. Crowns don't decay, but the area around a crown can develop gum disease. So brush twice daily and floss once a day to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. Also, wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth. (ask Dr. Riyal about one) Avoid extremely hard foods such as peanut brittle and non-foods such as pencil tops.
- What else can crowns do? Crowns protect teeth saved by root canal procedures. They also restore dental implants and anchor fixed bridgework (a traditional tooth replacement option).
Do you have more questions?
Ask Dr. Riyal and his friendly team when you see them about your dental crown. Call Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, to book your next appointment at (773) 661-0330.