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Historically, there have been relatively few choices in the area of restorative dentistry. In fact, there was a time in which the standard form of repair was a metal dental crown. As dentistry has advanced, patients are finding that they have numerous options when it comes to restoring damaged teeth. When repair is necessary, Burr Ridge, IL dentist Dr. Janet Stopka recommends the most suitable treatment to promote long term oral and systemic health.
Various dental problems may be remedied with a customized dental crown. This restoration is typically used for teeth that have been badly damaged or broken, leaving them vulnerable to further injury. A crown covers a tooth to the gum line. Bonded to the natural structure, the crown buffers the force that occurs in chewing.
In addition to protecting a damaged tooth, crowns are designed to preserve the natural look of the smile. Metal crowns may be covered with a porcelain overlay. However, many of our patients prefer that their restorations be completely metal free. The presence of metal poses a risk of allergic response somewhere in the body. Additionally, there comes a point at which a visible dark line will appear at the gumline where a metal crown has been placed.
Research has demonstrated a possible domino effect stemming from metal dental restorations, which may cause chemical reactions throughout the body. The option of all ceramic crowns alleviates the potential for future problems because ceramic is biocompatible with human tissue. Patients treated with high-quality ceramic and porcelain crowns find that their restorations can last decades when they are well cared for.
The restoration process for metal-free dental crowns is the same as for a traditional crown. After reducing the damaged tooth to accommodate its cover, an impression will be made. This model will guide the fabrication of the final restoration, which is typically ready for placement in about ten days. In the interim, a temporary crown will be worn.
Metal-free restorations do more than make your mouth look healthy, they actually promote optimal oral and systemic health. To schedule a visit with your Burr Ridge biological dentist, call (630) 756-5844.
With over two decades of experience, Dr. Janet S. Stopka is a driven, passionate and renowned professional in the field of dentistry. Her ability to provide patient-centered care and insistence on healthy biological dentistry has created an environment of trust and comfort amongst herself and her patients.
Whilst being a patient-oriented expert, she is also a strong advocate of mercury safe dentistry and invests in the latest technological equipment to assist and reduce risk during complicated dental procedures.
She is also a progressive and keen member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology).