One of the biggest concerns from patients needing dental crowns is that they don’t want to look like they’ve had dental work. Dr. Khanna is one of the most highly trained and skilled dentists in the Chicago area. His goal is to create dental crowns that are undetectable. This means that the dental crown not only looks “natural”, but it feels comfortable inside the mouth.
About The Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown is often referred to as a “tooth cap” because it fits over the tooth like a cap or a thimble. There are many different materials that Dr. Khanna can choose from for dental crowns. For teeth in the smile zone, Dr. Khanna prefers to use porcelain dental crowns because of their superior aesthetics.
The dental crown procedure generally requires two or three visits. Initially, Dr. Khanna will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary tooth cap of either plastic or metal. Our porcelain dental crowns are made in a dental laboratory by highly trained and skilled ceramists.
In about two to three weeks, you will return to our Geneva dental office. Dr. Khanna will remove the temporary tooth cap, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the dental crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Capabilities of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a very versatile dental restoration. Dental crowns can be used to treat a wide range of dental problems caused through accidents, diseases, or wear and tear. Dental crowns are often used to support other dental restorations such as bridgework or partial dentures. And a dental crown is used to restore a dental implant, serving as the prosthetic tooth.
Dr. Khanna may also use a dental crown to repair teeth that have broken fillings or excessive wear. Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth that is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing a dental crown can relieve pain and restore full dental function to these teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long does a dental crown last?
Dr. Khanna designs dental crowns to be very long lasting. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental crown to last 20 years or more.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
We ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with dental crowns is comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Khanna is one of the few dentists in Geneva, IL certified to offer sedation dentistry for patients who have dental anxiety and fear of the dentist. Following the procedure, you may experience mild sensitivity. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of dental crowns depends on the type of material used and specific condition of the patient. Before your treatment begins, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the dental crown cost. If you have dental insurance, our staff will assist with the necessary billing and paperwork needed for you to maximize your benefits.
Can you replace a gold tooth cap with a porcelain dental crown?
Yes, Dr. Khanna can replace metal tooth caps and broken or worn dental crowns with new, porcelain dental crowns. Replacing dental crowns is a simple procedure that can provide dramatic improvement in the appearance of the smile.