Olympia Fields, IL Dentist
South Suburban Dental Care
2520 Lincoln Hwy Ste F
Olympia Fields, IL 60461-1961
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Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, our Olympia Fields, IL, dentist, Dr. Vincent Oganwu of South Suburban Dental Care, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended by our Olympia Fields, IL, restorative dentist if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused together with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call South Suburban Dental Care at (708) 747-6766. Our Olympia Fields, IL, dentist, Dr. Oganwu, would be happy to discuss dental restorations with you.

Enamel is the substance that encases our teeth, but unfortunately, it does not make them invulnerable to damage. Preventing an accident is difficult, but there are steps you can take that might help. As for a cracked tooth, your Olympia Fields, IL, dentist offers a few options for restoring it. The best option for the job will depend on the severity of the injury, as well as a personal choice, so for any questions regarding treatments, please reach out to the office of South Suburban Dental Care and Dr. Vincent Oganwu.

Bonding and Veneers

A cracked tooth without deep damage can often be treated with either bonding or a dental veneer.

For dental bonding, your dentist uses a special tooth-colored material that is applied to your tooth in very thin layers. It is applied as a liquid and then hardened with a UV light, giving your dentist the ability to shape it and have it match the rest of your smile.

A veneer is a thin yet very strong shell that is adhered to your tooth. Veneers have the appearance of a natural tooth, which can restore or even improve upon their original look.

Dental Crowns

Composite bonding, and even a dental veneer, are typically the suggested solutions for surface-level cracks. A tooth that has a crack that is deep enough to threaten the tooth's integrity needs some extra protection that a dental crown can provide. Think of a dental crown as a tooth-shaped protective cap that is bonded onto your tooth.

Visit Your Dentist in Olympia Fields, IL

A cracked tooth, if left untreated, can endanger the soft tissue at the center of the tooth, making infection a likely outcome, so don't put off repairing your tooth. Come in for a consultation today by scheduling an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Oganwu of South Suburban Dental Care in Olympia Fields, IL, by dialing (708) 747-6474.