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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap," or cover, placed over a remaining natural tooth structure. Dental crowns are often used to restore a tooth's original shape, size, strength and overall appearance.

A crown protects and restores a weak or broken tooth, oftentimes damaged from tooth decay or injury. Other common reasons for the placement of dental crowns include holding a dental bridge in place, covering dental implants and additional cosmetic modifications, such as covering misshapen or discolored teeth to improve their appearance.

Dental crowns can be made of several different materials, including stainless steel, porcelain, resin, and ceramic. Temporary crowns are typically made of acrylic, and they are held in place by a temporary cement.

Placement Procedure

The actual placement of the dental crown takes two visits to Bloomington Smile Center. For the initial visit, anesthesia is applied to both the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Once the area is completely numb, the surface areas of the tooth are shaped and filed down to ensure proper spacing for the new dental crown.

Once the natural tooth is reshaped, we will use a putty-like substance to take impressions of your existing tooth. These impressions are taken to aid in the construction of a new, customary dental crown at a certified dental laboratory. Meanwhile, a secure, temporary crown is placed over the natural tooth for protection.

During your second visit to our office, the tooth and gum tissue are numbed once again, the temporary crown is removed, and the customized dental crown is placed over your natural tooth with a special adhesive.

If you are interested in dental crowns, feel free to call our office at 309-664-0949 and our friendly staff will be more than happy to give you more information!