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By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
January 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from this restoration?dental crowns

If our LaGrange, IL, family dentist Dr. James Maragos has told you that you should get a dental crown then you may be curious to understand the purpose behind this popular restoration and how your oral health could benefit.

Why do I need a dental crown?

There are many reasons why you’ll want to visit our LaGrange, IL, dentist to find out if a dental crown is necessary for maintaining that healthy smile. Just as the name suggests, this restoration is crafted to look just like the crown of a tooth. It’s even matched to the shade and color of your teeth to ensure that it blends seamlessly. No one will ever be able to tell that you have a dental crown.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a tooth that is damaged or weakened by decay, an infection or trauma?
  • Do you have a tooth that is broken, fractured or severely cracked?
  • Do you have to get root canal treatment or have you recently undergone this procedure?
  • Do you have a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored?
  • Are you getting a dental bridge or dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions above then a dental crown could just be the restoration you’ve been looking for to improve your smile. Plus, getting a dental crown usually takes only two trips to our office.

The first visit: We not only need to prep the tooth but also take measurements of your mouth to make sure your permanent crown offers a precise and accurate fit. We may also run x-rays to check the health of the tooth’s roots and to determine whether root canal treatment is necessary beforehand.

From there, we will numb the area around the tooth and then prepare the tooth to make room for your restoration. Lastly, we will take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth in the interim.

The second visit: Now that your permanent crown has been made (this usually takes about a week) and is ready to be placed, you’ll come back into the office one last time. We will check the fit of the crown and your bite to make sure the restoration fits perfectly before we cement it in place.

If you are looking to get comprehensive family dentistry in LaGrange, IL, then look no further than Dr. Maragos. No matter whether you want to chat with us about the restorative dentistry we offer or you just need a routine cleaning, we are here to meet your family’s smile needs.

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
February 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dentists use porcelain crowns to support fragile teeth and change the appearance of teeth. Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S., your dental crownsLaGrange dentist, explains how this dental appliance can help improve your smile.

What are crowns?

Crowns, also called caps, fit snugly over your teeth. Crowns are typically made of durable porcelain, but may also be made of other durable materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic, or gold. The type of crown you receive will depend on your personal preferences and your insurance coverage.

Why do dentists recommend crowns?

Crowns are particularly versatile and can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Large fillings: Very large fillings can weaken teeth. A crown helps stabilize the tooth and prevents breakage.
  • Cracks and chips: If a tooth is cracked or chipped and you continue to bite and chew with it, the tooth can eventually break. Adding a crown prevents additional damage.
  • Broken tooth: If your tooth has already broken, a crown can restore the tooth and preserve its function.
  • Cosmetic issues: Crowns are often used if a tooth is a little smaller than other teeth or strangely shaped. They can also be used to cover a discolored tooth.

How are crowns attached to the teeth?

Before you receive your new crown, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send it to a local dental lab. Technicians at the lab use this mold to ensure that your new custom-made crown fits your mouth perfectly. Filing down the enamel on your tooth slightly is an important step in the process and will help ensure that your crown will fit comfortably. At the end of your first appointment, you'll be given a temporary crown and a return appointment to receive your permanent crown.

During your next appointment, your dentist will check the color and fit of the crown and make adjustments as needed. When both of you are sure that the crown fits well, he'll apply it permanently with dental cement.

Think a crown is a good solution for your dental issue? Call Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S., your LaGrange dentist, at (708) 352-7358 and find out if a dental crown is the right option for you.



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