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By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
April 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentist in Decatur, IL, can improve your smile

If your teeth are broken, fractured, cracked, or have other evidence of damage, they need protection. After all, if you bite down on an dental crownsalready injured tooth, you are at risk of additional damage and loss of overall structure. Luckily, dental crowns work to prevent your tooth from breaking. Dr. Carol A. Cunningham of the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL, offers a full range of dental services including dental crowns to help protect your smile—read on to learn more!


About Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline. It protects your tooth like a suit of armor, holding your tooth together. Unlike fillings, which can weaken teeth, a dental crown strengthens your tooth by evenly distributing the biting and chewing stress across the entire surface of your tooth.

You may need a dental crown if you have a tooth that:

  • Is cracked, fractured, or broken
  • Already has a large filling and the filling is leaking
  • Has been weakened from previous root canal therapy
  • Is badly decayed with significant loss of tooth structure

Not only do crowns provide the strength needed by your damaged teeth, but will also beautify your smile! This is because modern crown materials closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. You can choose:

  • A full porcelain crown, which is the most lifelike dental crown. Porcelain reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel, making porcelain crowns look just like a natural tooth. Porcelain is also stain resistant, so your new crown will stay beautiful for years!
  • A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal underlay. Although they do lose light reflective qualities because of the metal, they do gain added strength for chewing. This extra fortitude makes PFM crowns an excellent choice for back teeth.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Cunningham’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery section on the Gentle Art of Dentistry website at http://www.gentleartofdentistry.com/gallery.html


Interested? Give Us a Call!

Dental crowns can help strengthen your smile and make it more beautiful too. To find out more about how crowns can help your smile, dial (217) 422-7448 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Cunningham's Decatur office!

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
October 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Are you concerned about the stability, durability, and appearance of one of your teeth? A dental crown might be just what you need todental crowns restore strength, resilience, and natural beauty to your smile. A dental crown can also improve your ability to bite and chew and your food. Discuss this common restorative treatment with Dr. Carol Cunningham at  Gentle  Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL.

What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a way for your dentist give your tooth a second chance after it has been ravaged by decay, injured in a sports accident, or is deeply discolored. The crown has a hollow core and is smooth and polished on the outside. It is created using a dental mold,  and cemented to the tooth (after it’s prepared) by your dentist. The crown can be shaped to look just like your natural teeth.

How Dental Crowns Help
Porcelain, the material commonly used to create a dental crown, is stronger and more resilient than normal tooth enamel. It is more likely to withstand the daily wear and tear of common dental functions. It also resists dental staining from foods and beverages. Dental crowns help you regain confidence in your smile after a tooth becomes vulnerable, broken, or unattractive in appearance. When your Decatur, IL dentist uses them to create a dental bridge, crowns can also replace missing teeth.

Crowns Can Make Your Whole Smile Better
One weak tooth can weaken the function of the whole smile. If a tooth isn’t stable, it could cause you to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth. One discolored tooth can also spoil the looks of the whole smile. A tooth that is too tiny could leave small gaps in the smile that cause orthodontic issues. When you’re discussing crown placement with your dentist, consider the full range of benefits of this treatment.

Is a Dental Crown Right for You?
By looking at dental images, your dentist can tell if a crown will be right for your smile in a matter of minutes. Contact the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL at (217) 422-7448 today to schedule an exam with Dr. Carol Cunningham.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
December 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You know your tooth should feel and look better, too. Maybe it's chipped or it has undergone a root canal procedure. Why not ask your dental crownsdentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, at Gentle Art of Dentistry for help? Trust her years of experience in premiere restorative dentistry. She may offer you a great option to restore your tooth--a dental crown.

Give your tooth a second chance

Plenty of life's situations compromise the health of a tooth--trauma from a fall, deep decay, infection and even congenital defect. Your first impulse may be to pull the tooth and replace it. However, Dr. Cunningham and her professional colleagues would rather spare the tooth to avoid smile gaps that affect oral function and personal appearance.

Visual inspection, X-rays and expertise tell your dentist if a tooth can be crowned. What's a dental crown? it's a tooth-shaped restoration that covers remaining healthy tooth structure. Made according to oral impressions, a crown can protect and strengthen a failing tooth, preserving it for years.

The crown procedure

It's simple and comfortable. Dr. Cunningham uses local anesthetic to make the area around the tooth numb. She then prepares and shapes the remaining structure to accept the crown and also takes oral impressions. Oral impressions help the dental lab accurately craft the crown.

Patients wear a temporary cap while they wait for the permanent restoration to return from the lab. When it's ready, Dr. Cunningham removes the temporary cap and bonds on the new crown. Most crowns are so accurately crafted that they match in color, fit and bite right away with little to no adjustment.

The lifespan of a crown

Dental crowns made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal in Decatur last about a decade or more. Dr. Cunningham asks her patients to floss around their restorations daily and also to brush twice a day according to guidelines set by the American Dental Association.

She also asks patients to come to Gentle Art of Dentisry twice yearly for cleanings and check-ups. Being gentle with a crown helps it last, too. For example, wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth, and avoid chewing extra-hard foods such as peanut brittle, taffy and ice cubes.

A final word...

Crowns have been around since the early twentieth century. Their application has widened over the years to include restoration of dental implants and supporting fixed bridgework. Some crowns even may be crafted in one dental visit.

So if you'd like to keep that worrisome tooth, look into a dental crown from Decatur, IL dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham. Call the office today for your convenient appointment: (217) 422-7448.