About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a type of restoration used to cover a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Tooth caps are generally used by the dentist when a filling is insufficient. Dr. Kunnel also uses dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored.
Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown
We offer several choices in material for dental crowns in our Skokie dental office. Dr. Kunnel will often use a tooth-colored crown, made from porcelain, to cover teeth in the smile zone. Teeth in the back of the mouth may be better restored using a gold tooth cap.
Both choices are highly durable and Dr. Kunnel will help you choose which is right based on your needs, goals and budget.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dental Crowns: Step By Step
Initial Visit - First, Dr. Kunnel will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help Dr. Kunnel design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
Tooth Preparation - Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Kunnel will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration - In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Skokie dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Kunnel will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dental crown treatment is generally pain-free. Dr. Kunnel will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, offering sedation dentistry options when needed.It is normal to experience mild sensitivity following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 to 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a tooth crown depends on the material used, location of the tooth and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, Dr. Kunnel will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. We work with virtually all dental insurance carriers in our Skokie, IL dentist office.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our Skokie dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Kunnel. We try to see dental emergency patients on the same day whenever possible.