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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Our dental professionals at North Aurora Smiles may recommend to patients in North Aurora, IL, who are faced with tooth replacement or protection to consider the benefits of dental crowns and bridges. Dental bridges and crowns are common dental restorations used by our team to restore the smile when tooth loss or tooth damage has occurred. Read on to learn more about the benefits of these dental repairs available at our facility.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or “tooth cap,” is a restoration made of porcelain to restore a patient’s tooth. A tooth that might benefit from a dental crown often has:

  • Extensive damage to the natural tooth enamel
  • Large fillings due to significant tooth decay
  • Recently undergone root canal therapy
  • Replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant

Dental crowns are made to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. To place a dental crown, patients will visit their dentist to have a custom tooth preparation taking into consideration old fillings, decay, and cracks. At this time, a digital scan or impression is completed and sent to a dental laboratory where a ceramist will create the dental crown based on the dentist’s specifications. The final restoration is bonded over the natural tooth and can last many years with proper maintenance.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is different from a dental crown. The bridge is used to replace one or more teeth lost within a specific area. This restoration is made of porcelain and includes false teeth fused to dental crowns on each side. The crowns are used to bond over the adjacent teeth to support the false tooth or teeth and restore the smile’s function and beauty. The dental bridge is not removable and can last a decade or longer.

Do you need teeth replacement?

Whether you are considering a dental bridge or “tooth caps,” we welcome you to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with Drs. Hammad Aziz and Stephanie Janes at North Aurora Smiles. Connect with our team by calling (630) 984-2223 and visiting us at 601 Randall Crossing Lane. North Aurora, IL area patients, and individuals in surrounding cities, including Cortland, Big Rock, and Batavia, are invited to learn about teeth replacement options available at our state-of-the-art dental facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental crown, sometimes known as a “tooth cap,” is a porcelain restoration used to reconstruct a patient’s teeth.

A patient that might benefit from a dental crown usually has considerable damage to the natural tooth enamel, has got big fillings from significant tooth decay, has recently received root canal therapy, or has replaced a lost tooth with a dental implant.

No. Your mouth will be numbed throughout the crown procedure to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort while your tooth is prepared to create room for your crown.

After completing a digital scan or impression, the dental crown is sent to a dental laboratory, where a ceramist will manufacture the dental crown based on the dentist’s instructions. The final restoration is bonded over the natural tooth and, with good care, can endure for many years.

Porcelain crowns typically last at least 10 years with good care and maintenance, and crowns that last 15 years or more are not unusual.

Success Stories

Dr. Hammad Aziz, North Aurora Smiles, IL
Dr. Stephanie Janes, North Aurora Smiles, IL

North Aurora Smiles

North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.

Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.

Dr. Stephanie Janes earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine. While there, she also earned a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration and a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the International College of Dentists. Later, she completed a General Practice Residency through the University of Chicago at NorthShore University HealthSystemEvanston Hospital. She gained hospital dentistry experience with a focus on medically-compromised patients and emergency dentistry. This program enabled her to enhance her comprehensive dental skills, especially in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in therapeutic botox and dermal filler treatments to relieve bruxism (clenching and grinding) and TMJ pains, which she is passionate about.