Crowns & Bridges in Elgin, IL
At the office of Won Sung, DDS, we use dental crowns and bridges to restore and strengthen damaged or missing teeth. Crowns, also referred to as caps, cover a weakened tooth down to the gum line. A dental bridge closes the gap left by a missing tooth and is secured to crowns on adjacent teeth.
Strong, Durable Crowns
Dental crowns replace lost tooth structure and provide support so a damaged tooth can function normally again. Crowns also prevent patients from experiencing unnecessary pain or discomfort as a result of tooth damage or injury.
There are several situations where a dental crown is the most effective treatment:
- Protecting teeth worn by teeth grinding or dental erosion
- Strengthening a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restoring dental implants
- Protecting cracked or fractured teeth
We create our custom crowns and bridges using only the highest-quality materials. Our all-porcelain crowns and bridges are crafted to blend with your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. If you grind your teeth, we may recommend zirconia crowns, which are extremely durable and strong enough to stand up to the forces of teeth grinding (bruxism).
Using Crowns for Esthetic Problems
You may think of dental crowns as being purely functional, and they do play an important part in protecting your oral health by strengthening weakened teeth. However, aside from their practical benefits, we use natural-looking ceramic that can be shaded to closely match your natural teeth.
The natural beauty of our ceramic crowns allows us to use them as a cosmetic dental treatment to alter the appearance of a tooth. When used this way, ceramic crowns provide a number of cosmetic solutions:
- Altering the shape of uneven teeth
- Correcting the appearance of severely stained teeth
- Covering a tooth with a large amalgam filling
- Fixing gaps between teeth
Replace Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
Missing teeth create a number of cosmetic and dental health problems that you have to deal with. Obviously, gaps between teeth are not appealing to look at and may leave you feeling self-conscious about speaking and smiling. In regard to your dental health, missing teeth can make it more difficult to eat certain foods. It’s also not uncommon to experience gum recession and loss of bone density in the space left by the missing tooth. Gradual misalignment of the remaining teeth is also another issue to keep in mind when it comes to tooth loss.
One option you can consider for missing teeth is a dental bridge, an appliance that fills the gap left behind by a missing tooth. These artificial teeth look completely natural, and the bridge itself is anchored to crowns on adjacent teeth for support.
We make every effort to make your dental care as convenient and easy as possible. You and your family have lots of demands on your time, and our convenient extended hours make it easy for you to schedule appointments that fit your busy life. We respect that your time is valuable, and we don't keep you waiting for appointments.
The cost of restorative procedures is a concern for everyone, and if you're insured, we'll be happy to file your claim for you. If you don't have dental insurance, please call and ask about our Dental Savings Plan, a discount program that can save you money on cleanings, exams, and other procedures.
You don't need to live with teeth that cause discomfort or make you feel self-conscious. Please call our Elgin dental office to arrange a complimentary consultation to learn more about your options for restoring your beautiful smile.