A dental crown or cap is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a weakened or damaged tooth near Plainfield, IL to restore its natural appearance and prevent further deterioration. Crowns are used in cases of severely chipped or broken teeth, to cover the exposed area of a tooth following a root canal procedure, to replace a large filling or for cosmetic reasons.
Crowns can be made of all metal, all porcelain or a combination of both. Since all dental crowns are custom made near Plainfield, IL for each patient, it may take more than one appointment to complete your crowns. At your first visit, the area is numbed to make you comfortable. Your dentist at Ahoyt Family Dental will use a dental hand piece to shape and prepare the tooth, so that the crown can properly fit over it. Impressions are then taken of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth, while the final crown is being made. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth, on which the final crown is made. When your final crown is ready, dental cement is placed into the crown and it is cemented to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is now restored to a healthy and functioning state!
A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is connected to a set of crowns. It is used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Your dentist in Plainfield, IL will create a custom bridge for your mouth that will look and function like your natural teeth. At your first visit, the area is numbed, and a dental hand piece is used to prepare the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge.
Impressions are then taken of the prepared teeth and a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final bridge is made. The final bridge is then cemented and anchored to the neighboring teeth, so you do not have to worry about removing or repositioning the bridge, once it is cemented in your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams at Ahoyt Family Dental, bridges and crowns can solve the problems created by missing and damaged teeth near Plainfield, IL and last for many years.