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Porcelain & Zirconia Crowns Bourbonnais, IL

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Bourbonnais Family Dental

The anatomy of a tooth if far more complicated than the average citizen realizes. The crown of any tooth is the entire part that you can see above the gum line. The root is below the gum line. The tooth has the hard enamel shell, a second layer called dentin and then each tooth has soft center full of soft tissue called pulp. This pulp is full of nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth. The dental industry always does everything possible to keep a patient’s natural teeth, but there are situations when a tooth sustains some damage and we need to compromise. A dental crown is that compromise. Keeping the root anchoring the tooth, a zirconia or porcelain crown will sit on that tooth like a cap or shell. It can be the solution for cracked, chipped or broken teeth. The crown will sit over that damaged tooth and you will not be able to even tell that it is not your natural tooth. It will be totally functional, be almost as strong as a natural tooth and sometime even look better than the original tooth. Some of the situations that lead to a dental crown list might like this:

  • If you have had a root canal treatment, that tooth is no longer alive and will become brittle over time. A crown will protect that natural tooth.
  • If you have a broken cusp of a tooth.
  • A cracked, chipped or worn-down tooth which might be functionally weakened.
  • For a large cavity because the filling will not adequately fill the cavity.
  • A traditional bridge will need a crown on the tooth next to it to give it the anchoring  support it needs.
  • A dental implant has a either a zirconia or porcelain crown placed on the abutment post.
  • Purely cosmetic if you just don’t like how a tooth looks in your smile.

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The Procedure for a Dental Crown Application, either Zirconia or Porcelain

We will begin with a set of x-rays and then an evaluation of the tooth. This will take us to a discussion regarding our alternatives. When we have confirmed that the root system is stable, we will next make an impression of the tooth and those that surround it, so the dental lab has a roadmap of size and shape. We will next choose a shade of white together to match your natural teeth. Then we will proceed to remove a layer of the enamel, fit you with a temporary crown as we wait a few weeks for the lab to fabricate your new crown. The temporary crown is then removed at the second appointment and we replace with the permanent one. After we approve the fit and shape together, we permanently cement it into place.

The Benefits of using Zirconia for your Dental Crown

A Zirconia crown is an all porcelain crown and is quickly becoming the material of preference. A zirconia crown is considerably stronger, more flexible and has no metal substructure which means it won’t corrode. It also is somewhat translucent like the enamel of our natural teeth.

The Benefits of using Porcelain for your Dental Crown

The traditional dental crown has been porcelain over a metal substructure. This crown can sometimes look better than the original tooth and can last up to 15 years.

The Recovery Process for Your New Dental Crown

It is possible that directly after you have received your new dental crown you might experience some tooth sensitivity. At first you want must look in the mirror and admire your dental crown. We will advise you to consider watching your food and drink. We don’t want to immediately stain that new crown. We also want you to understand that chewing and biting hard food and candy might be hard on that new crown. Then we will discuss how to keep it looking natural and new.

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The Costs Involved with Either your Zirconia or Porcelain Dental Crown and the Insurance Coverage Available

The costs that will be associated with your zirconia or porcelain dental crown will be discussed at the time of your evaluation and consultation. There might be a few factors that might make the pricing more complex. The material chosen, whether we chose zirconia or porcelain, the dental lab’s fabrication of either and then the tooth in question and where it is in your mouth. The administrative staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental will inquire with your dental insurance carrier to determine the amount of coverage for the procedure. If there will be a balance due a payment plan can and will be discussed if that is your wish. We also accept all major credit cards. We may also revisit our options if the budget is a driving factor in determining the choices.

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Scheduling an Evaluation today

Making that phone call today to schedule your evaluation and consultation is the next step. If you are just not happy with your smile, then let’s address the possibility of either a zirconia or porcelain crown together to get your natural smile back and your quality of life that comes with it. We can restore functionality of that tooth and improve the aesthetics of your smile and bring back your self-confidence. Call 815-939-2520 now or visit our office at 498 Brown Blvd., Bourbonnias, IL 60914. The staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental all are terrific listeners and love to please our patients. We are all dedicated to ensuring that you totally understand our plan that we have formulated together and that you will be confident that you will be receiving the highest quality specialized dental care to meet your individual needs.

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