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Complete Family Dentistry | Crowns in Schaumburg

Complete Family Dentistry
1305 Wiley Rd, Ste 103
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 843-1505


What are crowns and why are they used?

A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size.  Its purpose is to strengthen or improves the appearance of a tooth.  A crown is place for a number of reasons:

  • To support a large filling when there isn’t enough teeth remaining
  • To attach a bridge
  • To protect weak teeth from fracturing
  • To restore fractured teeth
  • To cover badly shaped or discolored teeth

Which material is best?

Both the “look” and function of your crowns are considered when choosing the materials most suitable for you.  Your dentist will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth that show when you smile the color or shade of the tooth and the function of the tooth.

Crowns are made from a number of material. Gold alloys or non precious resin or combinations of these materials may be used.  Porcelain attached to a durable metal shell is  commonly used because of its strength.  Crowns made entirely of porcelain may look better; however, they usually aren’t  very strong.  In the process of making the crown, the porcelain is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.


Porcelain fused to metal----Full porcelain---Three-quarter gold crown

How is a crown placed?

Several steps are involved in placing a crown.  The dentist will prepare the tooth by removing the outer portion of your tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown.  If the tooth has a filling, part of the material may be left in place to serve as foundation for the crown.  An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth.  Your dentist or a dental lab will then make the crown from the model.


Prepared tooth


Crowned place over prepared tooth


Crown in place 

How do I take care of my crowns?

Brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes and stick or picks) is especially important when you have crowns. These measures remove a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.  It is especially important to remove plaque from the area where the gum meets the tooth (the sulcus). When plaque accumulates in the sulcus, it can cause dental decay or gum disease. To prevent damaging or fracturing the crowns, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.  Regular dental checkups are still required.

What will the finished crown look like?

One of your dentists main goals is to create crowns that look like natural teeth.  To achieve this a number of factors are considered such as the color, occlusion or “bite” shape and length of both your natural teeth and of the artificial crown.  Any one of these factors alone can significantly affect your appearance.

If you have a certain look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth may not only be stronger, but they may be one of the most attractive features of your face---your crowing glory!

This page was made using information from the American Dental Association.

Schaumburg Dentist | Crowns. Jeffrey Swager is a Schaumburg Dentist.