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Dental Crowns services offered in Downers Grove, IL

Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that can provide an excellent return on your dental care investment. They are among the areas of specialty for William Grotz, DDS, of OakGrove Family Dental in Downers Grove, Illinois. When you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns and how they can enhance your smile and your dental health, call to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.
Dental Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns, sometimes called “caps,” are dental restorations that cover all visible surfaces of your natural tooth tissue. They can address a wide range of dental health issues, which is part of why they are such popular treatment options. 

You have choices when it comes to the materials used to craft your custom dental crown. Metal crowns are incredibly durable, but they are also highly visible when you yawn, laugh, or smile. Ceramic-on-metal crowns blend with your natural tooth tissue and are an affordable option.

All-ceramic crowns are beautiful and look the most like natural teeth, but are also more expensive than other material options. These crowns are virtually indistinguishable from the adjacent natural teeth and are even crafted with slight imperfections to create a more natural appearance. 

What are some issues that can be treated using dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be used to address numerous dental issues, which is why they are among the most common types of dental restorations. Some of the uses for a custom dental crown include:

  • To protect a worn-down tooth
  • To cover a broken or chipped tooth
  • To improve the appearance of a severely discolored tooth
  • To address irregularities in the size or shape of a tooth
  • As the anchor for a dental bridge
  • To complete a root canal

A special type of crown is also the visible portion of a dental implant. These crowns are a bit different because there is no natural tooth tissue involved. 

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

If you and Dr. Grotz decide that a dental crown is right for you, the first step is to prepare the tooth to receive the crown. Dr. Grotz administers an injection of numbing medication to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process. 

He then removes a portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the dental crown. He makes a set of impressions to guide the fabrication of the new crown and installs a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait for the permanent version to arrive. 

Once your new crown is ready, you’ll return to have Dr. Grotz check it for fit and appearance. Minor adjustments can be made at this point, and once Dr. Grotz is pleased with the look and fit of the crown, he’ll secure it into place using dental cement. This completes the restoration process, and you’ll walk out with your smile ready to share with the world. 

When you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online scheduling page.