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Crowns & Bridges

Tailored Dental Crowns & Bridges in McHenry

If you have a tooth that's damaged, decaying, or causing you pain, you want a practice you can trust to help you protect or renew your smile. At McHenry Smile Center, we offer quality dental crowns and bridges that repair, protect, or replace damaged or painful teeth. We genuinely care about your well-being and do everything we can to find the restorative solution that's right for you.

Providing vital dental care that improves your life is something we're passionate about. We love our community and value the opportunity to help patients in McHenry eliminate tooth pain and repair smiles. Our team looks forward to meeting you and helping you promote better oral health. Stop living with painful or broken teeth, and contact us today for effective restorative dental services!


What Are Crowns & Bridges?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, fully functional cap used to repair or reshape a tooth. Our crowns will encase the entire tooth to strengthen it and restore its function while improving the aesthetics of your smile. They are most often used when a tooth is damaged or severely decayed, but they can also improve bite alignment, reshape a worn tooth, or even provide cosmetic enhancement. Crowns are versatile treatments and preserve as much of the natural tooth base as possible.

A dental bridge can replace one or more teeth in a row using prosthetic teeth anchored on either side by crowns. The crowns fit over neighboring healthy teeth to keep the bridge in place, promoting your smile's function, health, and cosmetic appeal. It's easiest to remember that while crowns can be useful treatment options in a number of different scenarios, bridges are only for replacing teeth. Our crowns and tooth bridges will all be made from natural-looking materials that complement the look of your smile.

Both crowns and bridges can be combined with dental implants to provide effective tooth replacements. These allow you to replace one or several teeth without relying on neighboring teeth for support. Our dentist can discuss your situation to determine whether a traditional or implant-supported crown or bridge would be the right choice for your smile.

What Happens When You Get a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?

Your evaluation will begin with a thorough oral exam and close inspection of the problem tooth or teeth. We will perform x-rays and gather all the necessary information to determine if we can solve the underlying issue by placing a crown. If you have tooth pain from an infection, we will evaluate whether the tooth can be saved through a crown and root canal therapy or if an extraction is necessary.

When our team determines that a dental bridge or crown is the optimal treatment for your issue, we will shape the tooth or teeth to prepare for the restoration and take precise impressions to help us customize your crown or bridge. A temporary crown protects your tooth while your impression is sent to the dental lab to create your permanent prosthetic.

Once the final crown or bridge is ready, we can remove the temporary crown and put your custom restoration in place. When placing your permanent crown or bridge, we will always take the time to ensure a seamless fit and make any adjustments required to maintain spacing and proper alignment.

How to Care for Your New Restoration

Once your bite is fully restored, it's important to follow some simple care practices to ensure your restorations will last as long as possible. Here are some important tips for ensuring the longevity of your dental prosthetics:

  • Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is vital to the long-term health of your restoration. You can brush your dental crown or bridge just like a normal tooth. Flossing should be done carefully to avoid loosening your restoration. Our dentist will offer instructions on how best to care for your treatments to help them last for many years.
  • You should always avoid trying to open things like packaging or bottles with your teeth, but this is especially true for dental restorations.
  • When playing sports, wear a mouthguard to protect all of your teeth, especially any restored ones.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods like hard candy and granola bars, sticky foods like caramel and taffy, and chewing ice with your dental restorations.

Dental Crown & Bridge Services in McHenry

At McHenry Smile Center, we want you to live a happy, healthy life free from dental pain and anxiety around damaged teeth. If you're living with compromised or painful broken teeth, our reliable and lifelike dental crowns and dental bridges in McHenry can help you get back to good oral health. Contact our practice today and get the compassionate care you deserve!



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