Ideally, your teeth are designed to meet perfectly with the corresponding teeth in your unique bite pattern. Minor orthodontic alignment issues or tooth loss can gradually alter the way your teeth meet. As time goes by, the unnatural wear and tear on the tooth enamel can cause dental attrition.
This textured area can cause heightened sensitivity or can even play host to a new cavity. If too much of the tooth is compromised, or if the dental attrition is in a critical area on the tooth, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
First, your dentist will examine the tooth to assess the extent of the dental attrition and any potential decay. They will then use a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel to form an abutment out of the core of the tooth. This post-like structure will later anchor the crown with the same integrity as the original tooth.
A detailed impression of the abutment and any related teeth in your bite pattern will be made. This will be sent to our state-of-the-art dental lab where a crown will be meticulously created from either gold, porcelain or another metallic alloy.
A durable temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.
When the final crown is ready, you will need to come in for a second appointment. This will be brief as your dentist will remove the temporary crown and uses a strong dental adhesive to secure the new crown in place.
If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you have a tooth in distress, you should call 312-236-9895 to have it examined and treated at our dental office.