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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns (also known as dental caps) are a popular solution for teeth that have been weakened or damaged by decay or an accident. Compared to other types of restorations, dental crowns are a relatively non-invasive option for dealing with a problem tooth. Most patients experience a short recovery period and get many years of hassle-free use out of their dental crown.

What Can a Dental Crown Fix?

Depending on the degree of damage, an injured tooth can be uncomfortable or even painful to live with. Our dentist in Oak Lawn often recommends dental crowns for those with chipped teeth, cracked teeth, excessively worn teeth, and teeth that have been damaged by dental decay. A dental crown not only stops the discomfort associated with damage; it restores total functionality to the affected area.

Good Candidates for Dental Crowns

Our dentists thoroughly examine patients before approving them for a dental crown. To be considered a good candidate for a dental crown, the person will need to be in generally good oral health. There are many reasons why a crown might not be the right solution for your issue. Damage that is more or less severe may call for another option, such as extraction and replacement (for extensive damage), or dental bonding (for minor chips).

How Can I Make My Crown Last?

Dental crowns tend to last 15 years or longer, but in some cases may require early replacement. There are lots of things that can influence the lifespan of your dental crown. Here are some of the most important factors:

  • Practice good oral maintenance. Carefully following your daily dental care regimen and regularly visiting your dentist is essential. Not only do these activities protect your crown, they promote long-term health for your complete smile.
  • Work to curb negative habits. Bruxism (chronic tooth grinding or clenching) is one common cause of dental crown damage and loss. Work with your dentist to identify and find solutions for these damaging habits.
  • Select durable materials. If durability is more important to you than aesthetics, you may consider a metal crown. Metal crowns are known to be exceptionally durable, with the trade-off being temperature-sensitivity and attractiveness.

Help! My Dental Crowns is Loose/Has Fallen Out!

Dental crowns are adhered to the surface of the tooth using a special dental cement. If a patient’s bite pattern shifts with time, or they have an accident, it’s possible that the crown could be dislodged. If this happens to you, don’t panic! Our dentist in Oak Lawn can help re-adhere or replace your dental crown. Contact us immediately to set up an appointment. In the meantime, avoid difficult-to-chew foods. You can also use dental wax to protect the area and take over-the-counter pain relievers to manage your discomfort.

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Care to learn more about the dental crowns offered at Oak Lawn Smiles? Reach out to our friendly dental staff today. We can answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment that works for you.

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What Our Patients Say

I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.
Susan W.

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Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!
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I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!
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I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.
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I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.
Andrew J

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The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.
Terri L

Terri L

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I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.

Susan W.

Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!

Chuck K.

I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!

Laurie

I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.

Nicki F

I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.

Andrew J

The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.

Terri L