Dental Crowns in Palatine, IL, Protect Your Teeth

A crown (also known as a cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Total Dentistry is your first source for dental crowns in Palatine, IL, and surrounding areas.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for Crowns

  • Broken or Fractured Teeth
  • Cosmetic Enhancement
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Fractured Fillings
  • Large Fillings
  • Root Canal Treatments

What The Latest Technology for Crowns Means For Our Patients

A crown procedure sometimes requires two appointments. However, with the newest in CEREC technology, we are able to place permanent crowns in a single day – in one appointment. If required, your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. Alternatively, using the CEREC software and scan technology, we are able to produce the crown in our lab while you wait. This avoids the traditional method of molds and impressions. We will discuss which procedure is best for you when scheduling your crown appointment.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. If the CEREC same-day system is used, you will leave with your permanent crown that day.

At your second appointment, if required, your temporary dental crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. However, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

What Can Fixed Bridges Do?

  • Fill Spaces Left by Missing Teeth
  • Help Maintain Your Facial Shape
  • Prevent Remaining Teeth from Drifting out of Position
  • Restore Your Chewing and Speaking Abilities
  • Restore Your Smile
  • Upgrade from a Removable Partial Denture to a Permanent Dental Appliance

What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent dental bridge.

Contact our staff to learn more about dental crowns and bridges – we’re here to help you get the best smile possible. We proudly serve residents of Palatine, Illinois, and nearby areas.