Posts for tag: dental crowns

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Good news: you don't have to give up on a tooth just because it's damaged. A dentist at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, dental crownsmay be able to strengthen and reinforce it with a dental crown. A crown is a restorative device that can be installed in just a couple of dentist appointments. It may be all you need to get your smile back to its full function.

What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a piece of porcelain or composite resin material that is formed to fit over a naturally rooted tooth. It's designed to mimic the appearance of a human tooth in color, shape and size. This artificial tooth covering is extremely durable and resistant to damage or staining. It will last for five to 15 years (or longer with regular maintenance) before it needs to be replaced.

Examples of Tooth Damage That Can Be Fixed with Crowns
Teeth can become damaged in a number of ways. Here are a few common cases that can be treated by a Naperville dentist:

- A tooth that has been broken or chipped due to an injury.
- A root canal (during this procedure, the dentist must open the tooth enamel to remove diseased pulp).
- Intrinsic discoloration that happens at the inner layers of the tooth due to medication or injury.
- Tooth damage from grinding and clenching due to stress or while sleeping.
- Enamel erosion due to consuming acidic foods and beverages.

Getting a Tooth Crowned
Dentists often call crowns "caps" because putting one over a tooth is a little like putting a cap on a bottle. At the first appointment the tooth will be prepared to receive the crown. The enamel will be removed to turn the tooth into what is called an abutment. During that appointment a mold will be taken of the tooth so that a permanent crown can be created. At the final appointment the custom crown is bonded to the abutment using a strong dental cement.

A Stronger Smile in Just Two Appointments
The sooner you get your dental crown the better to keep your smile healthy and strong. Call Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, at (630) 357-2332 today for your initial appointment.

Are your teeth dull, chipped, or even missing? Does this cause you to dislike your smile? If so, you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry. cosmetic dentistryThis umbrella term encompasses dental procedures which focus more on the aesthetics of your teeth than their functionality. Learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and your smile with help from your Naperville, IL dentist Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Naperville, IL

  • Professional Teeth Whitening: One of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your smile, professional teeth whitening can yield dramatic results in just an hour-long dental appointment. Chemical reactions between the whitening agents and your teeth’s stains break the bonds which hold the stains together, dissipating the stain and giving your teeth a whiter appearance.
  • Dental Veneers: Dental veneers use super-thin shells of porcelain to cover imperfections in the teeth. A dental laboratory creates each veneer based on a mold of your mouth, ensuring the most natural appearance possible. Veneers can help patients with teeth that are cracked, chipped, heavily stained or yellowed, and slightly misaligned, overcrowded, or gapped. Additionally, veneers have the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth and are stain-resistant.
  • Crowns/ Bridges: Dental crowns fit over the crown or top, of a tooth. Crowns restore and strengthen damaged, weakened, or worn teeth. Bridges replace a missing tooth by bridging the gap left behind, using the dental crowns on either side of the bridge to hold it in place.
  • Invisalign: If you have misaligned teeth or an issue with your bite, Invisalign may be for you. If you are put off by the idea of traditional metal braces, you are in luck as you can now straighten your teeth more discreetly than ever with Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment uses clear, plastic aligner trays to place pressure on the teeth in order to move them into their desired positions. Invisalign treatment is available at your Naperville, IL dentist’s office.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants do more than just replace your missing teeth.
  • Tooth Contouring and Reshaping: Contouring and reshaping use subtle changes to the teeth to garner big results. If your teeth have small chips, are uneven, or have other small imperfections, contouring and reshaping can help. Your dentist removes tiny bits of enamel from the teeth to slightly alter their appearance.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures and what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, DDS at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 357-2332 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment today!


A “crown” or a “cap” is the term used to restore a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be completely encased to protect the tooth beneath it. A crown's dual purpose is to restore the tooth's form and function. Decades ago gold was the material of choice for a crown. What we ultimately choose depends on a particular crown's requirements with regard to the tooth's appearance and function, and to some extent what you want.

Gold: Gold crowns last the longest and wear the best (at about the same rate as natural teeth), but they are not used as frequently today, especially if they are visible in a person's smile. Gold crowns are made of cast gold, a technique that has been in use for over a hundred years. They can last for decades, and have been known to last 50 years or more. They tend to cost less per tooth than porcelain or other materials.

All-Porcelain: “All porcelain” crowns have a natural appearance and as technology improves they are gaining popularity. Dental porcelains are composed of ceramic substances that are variations of glass. This gives them their translucent, lifelike appearance — but it makes them brittle and subject to fracture. Therefore all-porcelain crowns may not be a good choice for back teeth because they frequently fail under the biting forces applied during chewing and especially adverse habits like tooth clenching or grinding. Porcelain crowns are made of material that doesn't wear. Consequently, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth they bite against.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have been in use for more than 40 years. They combine a substructure of gold or platinum for strength and have porcelain “facings” for the visible surfaces. In some ways they combine the best of both worlds, but they do have some problems; the metal can show through the porcelain, detracting from its life-like appearance. These crowns can have a functional lifespan of about 20 years or more.

New and Future Materials: Newer “pressed-ceramic” restorations and computer-milled ceramics have received good reviews for aesthetics and service. These new materials are being intensively researched. Initial results look good, but we'll have to see how they last over time.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about crowns and other dental restorations. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?

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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 358-9899
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