New Family Dental

General Dentists located in Arlington Heights, IL

A dental crown can enhance your tooth and prevent further damage or decay to a weakened tooth. If you have a tooth that needs restoration, the leading general dentists at New Family Dental offer beautiful, natural-looking crowns in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Book your dental crown evaluation online or call the clinic directly to speak with a team member.

Crowns Q & A

Why do I need a crown?

Made from natural-looking and feeling ceramic or porcelain materials, dental crowns mimic the rest of your natural teeth. A dental crown can help preserve your tooth and decrease your risk of extraction. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a tooth that:

  • Is weakened or misshapen
  • Broken, chipped, or cracked
  • Decayed or infected (abscess)
  • Has undergone a root canal

Sometimes a crown is part of a dental bridge. For example, if you have a missing tooth and can’t get a dental implant, your dentist fills the space with a pontic (false) tooth that has crowns on either side to secure it in place. Dental crowns are also essential to cover a dental implant.

How long does it take to get a crown?   

The compassionate dental team at New Family Dental want to ensure your dental crown treatment process is as smooth and fast as possible. During your crown appointment, your dentist gathers molds and impressions of your teeth to help with the crown fabrication process. 

They thoroughly numb your treatment area and drill your tooth to reshape it and remove any essential decay if needed. If a root canal is necessary, your dentist performs this treatment first.

Once they prep your tooth, your dentist makes a temporary crown on the spot to protect your tooth and help you maintain your normal bite. It takes roughly two to three weeks for your new crown to arrive back in the office, so you’re going to need to come in for an additional visit to have your crown bonded in place and adjusted as needed. 

Are dental crowns permanent?

With good oral hygiene and twice-a-year dental cleanings and checkups at New Family Dental, your dental crown may last up to seven years or for decades. But if decay starts forming underneath your crown or if you consume hard or sticky foods, your crown can loosen and fall out. It may even crack if you grind or clench your teeth often or bite down on something hard.

The dentists at New Family Dental want to ensure your crown lasts as long as possible. They counsel you on how to properly brush and floss at home, as well as which foods you should avoid when you have a crown, so you can help your crown last for years.

You can get a long-lasting natural-looking dental crown at New Family Dental. If you need a crown, book an evaluation either online or over the phone today.