Cracked, stained, missing, or misshapen teeth can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative impact on your self-confidence. According to findings from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the U.S. have crowns or veneers put in place of missing teeth. Dr. Fatima Afshar at Grayslake Dentistry is highly trained with dental implants and can explain your crown and veneer options. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new or repaired crown or veneer. Grayslake Dentistry is conveniently located in Grayslake, Illinois.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. Designed in the shape of the original tooth, a crown can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown fits over the tooth and is cemented into place so that the original tooth is completely encased. Crowns can be made of the following materials based on purpose and preference
Similarly, veneers mimic the natural appearance of your teeth with a very thin, yet durable layer of porcelain. Porcelain mimics the look and texture of your natural teeth, so it can easily blend with those that you still have. They are custom fit and bonded to your existing teeth. Veneers fix flaws such as cracks, gaps, stains, or misshapen teeth. They also help strengthen delicate teeth.
Dr. Afshar may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a dental implant or stained or worn tooth.
In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. They are durable and can last for many years with regular maintenance. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.
Veneers are a natural-looking means to correct misshapen, cracked, or crooked teeth. Additionally, they offer the following advantages:
Although there are benefits to both options, you should consult with Dr. Afshar to determine which is the right solution to your condition.
A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, Dr. Afshar will take X-rays to ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s being crowned.
Next, Dr. Afshar will administer anesthesia, then file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to the lab and used to custom-make the crown. She will cover your tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent custom crown is finished.
After an initial consultation, you’ll come back for a second appointment. Dr. Afshar will remove a tiny layer of enamel from the surface of your existing teeth to make sure the veneers bond and fit properly. Once your teeth are prepped, she’ll make an impression of your teeth so the dental lab can create your custom veneers.
After your teeth are prepared for the bonding process, Dr. Afshar will apply a unique adhesive and light beam to solidify it. In no time your veneers are permanently in place, and you’ll have a new and improved smile!
Book a consultation online, or call Grayslake Dentistry today to see how easy it can be to improve your smile with custom crowns or veneers.