Restore Your Smile with a Dental Crown
Sometimes decay or damage is too severe to be repaired with a dental filling. In these cases, dental crowns are often a more effective solution. A crown is a versatile treatment option for a broken, decayed, or cracked tooth. Drs. David D. Wyse and Jay W. Chrisman can design a custom crown to blend seamlessly into your smile. At Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bloomington, IL, our doctors offer both traditional and implant-supported crowns to meet the unique needs of our patients.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Used in both cosmetic and restorative treatments, dental crowns are incredibly versatile. They can be used to:
- Repair large cavities
- Reinforce weakened teeth
- Restore chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Restore dental implants
- Cover a tooth after a root canal
Stages of Treatment
Patients who receive a dental crown at Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can typically complete their treatment in just two office visits. This process includes:
- Initial consultation: During your first visit at our practice, your doctor will visually assess the tooth in question and take x-rays to evaluate the health of the underlying structures. Dr. Wyse or Dr. Chrisman will discuss your personal oral health goals with you in detail and design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
- Preparation: Before your new dental crown can be fabricated, the tooth must first be prepared. To do this, small amounts of enamel must be removed, and the tooth must be reshaped and contoured to make room for your new restoration.
- Impressions: Once the tooth is prepared, digital impressions will be taken with our iTero® system. This device eliminates the need for messy dental putty and increases patient comfort during this process. The handheld wand takes thousands of images of your teeth, which are then stitched together to create an accurate representation of your smile.
With proper care, a dental crown can last approximately 10 to 15 years on average, sometimes even longer.
- Temporary restoration: Once the impressions are taken, your doctor will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it until the final restoration can be made.
- Fabrication: The image files obtained during your digital impressions will be sent to our trusted dental lab. There, a skilled ceramist will begin the fabrication process, crafting your new crown from a high-quality biocompatible material.
- Placement of final crown: When your new dental crown arrives, your doctor will check the restoration for a proper fit, bond it permanently into place, and make any necessary final adjustments.
Dental Crown Aftercare
To maintain your new dental crown, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. Patients should brush at least twice daily and floss once a day. In addition, you should attend regular exams and cleanings at our office so your doctor can monitor the health of your restored tooth.
Individuals who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) should invest in a night guard to protect their teeth from breakage, erosion, and other forms of damage. With proper care, a dental crown can last approximately 10 to 15 years on average, sometimes even longer.
Why Choose Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry?
Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been serving Bloomington and surrounding communities for nearly 100 years. Our doctors are dedicated to the field of dentistry, and routinely attend seminars and courses in continuing education. Check out our testimonials and reviews to find out how Drs. Wyse and Chrisman have delivered life-changing restorative care for our patients.
Learn More about Dental Crowns
If you would like to explore your candidacy for dental crowns, or any other restorative option, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online anytime or call us at (309) 663-6393.