When Do You Place Dental Crowns?

Aside from dental fillings, dental crowns are one of the most common restorations we place. However, few people understand why we place dental crowns and what the process involves. Fortunately, we no longer have to rely on multiple visits as dentists and patients did years ago. Now, we can repair your tooth in just one sitting!

Frequently Asked Questions About Placing Dental Crowns

Question: Do they address cosmetic issues?

Answer: Yes, we can use these restorations to address cosmetic issues. For example, placing one masks discoloration. We can also reshape malformed or severely damaged teeth, improving the overall esthetics of the tooth.

Question: What restorative problems can they correct?

Answer: Placing one covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. Meaning we can use them to address minor chips, as well as severe breaks. We can also use them to correct fractures as well. When we perform root canal procedures, they restore the tooth and protect it from further decay or infection. We can also use them to restore dental implants and secure a dental bridge.

Question: How long does placing one take?

Answer: One a single visit! We use CEREC technology, which allows us to take digital impressions of a prepared tooth and create a 3D model. Using the model, a CEREC machine will mill a dental crown. We can then check the fit, make any adjustments, and place the restoration in the same sitting.

Question: What are they made from?

Answer: We use ceramic for a number of different reasons. First, the material is stain-resistant and very strong. Second, the material can mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, meaning the restoration blends with the rest of the smile.


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.



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