Crowns are a common treatment in the dental world. However, they can still seem like a mystery to the people who need them.
Healthy Smile Dental can help. Hannah Baek, DDS and our team serve patients in and around Woodridge, Illinois, with unparalleled expertise and compassion. When you trust Healthy Smile Dental with your dental needs, you can expect excellent care whether you come for a routine preventive dental exam or a more complicated procedure.
How a dental crown works
A dental crown is a strong, customized cover that fits over your tooth. This dental treatment not only protects a damaged or vulnerable tooth, but it also conceals cosmetic flaws.
The best part? We fashion dental crowns specifically for you so they match the shape and color of your tooth and fit perfectly in your mouth. That means they blend seamlessly into your smile.
Why you might need a dental crown
Crowns provide numerous solutions in dental care. They offer protection if you have a cracked tooth or need to undergo a root canal procedure. But did you know that a crown also sits on top of a dental implant, replacing a missing tooth? If Dr. Baek recommends a dental crown, you likely have one of these issues affecting your teeth.
1. Your tooth needs repair or support
Teeth are strong, but they put up with a lot of abuse on a daily basis. You chew for an entire lifetime and use your teeth to do things you shouldn’t — like when you rip an envelope. Wear-and-tear, injury, and decay can leave you with a tooth that’s become chipped, cracked, or worn down before its time.
Dr. Baek can use a crown to repair, stabilize, or strengthen a compromised tooth.
2. You have cosmetic concerns
One of the advantages of crowns is their ability to conceal a multitude of cosmetic imperfections. Dr. Baek and his team could recommend a crown to solve a variety of problems, ranging from replacing missing teeth to hiding a large filling, a gap, or discoloration. A crown can also secure a dental bridge in place to replace missing teeth, if needed.
3. You need a root canal
When you have a root canal, Dr. Baek has to make a small hole in your tooth to clean out interior decay and remove the nerves. She seals the hole, and the finishing touch often involves her fitting you with a crown. This protective cap provides additional strength and protection to the tooth and helps the tooth regain its function and appearance.
When to consider a dental crown
A dental crown offers an affordable and reliable solution if you have a tooth needing protection, restoration, an improved appearance, or all three of those combined. Dental crowns also last for a very long time when cared for properly. Just practice good oral hygiene every day by brushing and flossing, and keep appointments for routine dental cleanings and checkups.
Dr. Baek can help determine if a crown is the best option for your dental issues or if another solution can provide better results. You can rest easy knowing that no matter what, tooth pain or problems will be a thing of the past and your smile will dazzle for years to come!
Contact our office today to make an appointment by calling 630-910-1900. Dr. Baek and our Healthy Smile Dental team look forward to working with you.