Questions About Crowns

Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

Dental crowns are an ideal choice for repairing teeth that have succumbed to significant damage. If you need a dental crown, you may have questions about the procedure and what to expect. Drs. Douglas Campbell and David Schmidt want the process to be simple for patients, which is why we are providing answers to commonly asked questions about crowns in Lake Forest.
questions about crowns

Do I need a crown?

Generally, crowns are recommended if you have a tooth that is severely decayed (too much that a filling will not hold), or have a broken or cracked tooth. An evaluation by the dentist is the best way to determine if you need a dental crown.

Will my crown look natural?

Yes! Our dental crowns are fabricated with dental porcelain that mimics the look of natural enamel. Once in place, you will not be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the one that is crowned.

How many appointments will it take?

Lake Forest Smiles offers same-day crowns, which requires only one appointment. Some cases, such as when getting a crown for an implant, may require that we send impressions to our trusted dental lab to make your crown. In these instances, two appointments may be necessary.

Does getting a crown hurt?

Your tooth will need to be prepared for the crown, and so your mouth will be numb during the entire treatment. Some patients report slight gum tenderness after a crown procedure, but that is usually due to the injection that was given to numb your tooth. After getting the dental crown, you should not feel discomfort or pain. If you do, please contact our office.

How long will my crown last?

Dental crowns are quite durable and may last many years – up to a decade or longer. However, crowns are not designed to last a lifetime. You may need to replace your crown about once a decade, or if it breaks or falls off.

Can a crowned tooth get cavities?

A crowned tooth could potentially decay, especially if you do not brush and floss as recommended. Bacteria and tartar could buildup between your teeth and at the base of the crown (along the gum line). If you do not practice good oral hygiene, the tiny area of the tooth that is exposed could decay. If this occurs, years later, the crown may pop off, and part of the tooth may come with it. Routine exams and x-rays once a year allow the dentist to see if you have decay that is forming in these inconspicuous areas.

Getting a dental crown is one way to preserve a damaged tooth, and save it from extraction. If you have dental insurance, many policies will cover a portion of the cost. For out-of-pocket expenses, ask Lake Forest Smiles about our special financing offers and payment plans.

Get a Dental Crown in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

If you would like to learn more about getting a dental crown or see if this procedure may be right for you, contact Lake Forest Smiles by calling (847) 234-4800. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt have provided elite dental care to the areas of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire for more than 30 years. We welcome you to our practice.

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