Dr. Chris Forte, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Crowns

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We know you take your dental health seriously. Making informed decisions about your dental health depends on having all of the facts. Dr. Chris Forte believes that every patient should have all of the information available in order to make an educated decision about treatment.

From comparing your treatment options to questions about your insurance, Dr. Chris Forte’s team has the answers. Below is a list of some of the most common questions we are asked. If your question is not listed here, please feel free to contact us via phone or our online contact form.

Dental Crowns

When you come to our Brookfield Illinois dental office to have a dental crown procedure, we will first take a few x-rays before we begin. This is necessary because we need to document your before and after x-rays for your chart and your insurance company.

Then, Dr. Chris Forte will make sure you are completely numb and comfortable for your procedure. Then he will begin by prepping your tooth--that means that he will remove a small amount of enamel to make room for your dental crown to fit right over top of your natural tooth structure. Occasionally, so much of your tooth structure is compromised that we need to do a core buildup procedure. A core buildup is exactly how it sounds. We stabilize your natural tooth structure, giving the crown a more stable surface to hold onto.

Next, Dr. Chris Forte will create a temporary crown, take impressions of your tooth, and send your information to a skilled dental lab to create your permanent crown. It can take between one to four weeks to create your permanent crown. Once we receive it, we will schedule you for your crown seat, make any final adjustments, and permanently cement it to your tooth.


You may hear the term dental crown all the time and not really know what it is. Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are protective covers we place over a damaged or compromised tooth in order to protect it.

If you crack a tooth or severely chip it, we may recommend a crown to help protect by absorbing some of the force from chewing. Jaws are extremely strong and can exert a surprising amount of force, so if you tooth is damaged, you may risk losing it. A severely damaged tooth may be irreparable.

Teeth that receive root canal therapy are also good candidates for dental crowns because your tooth could become brittle after a root canal.

Dental crowns come in several varieties and the one that works best for you will depend on your situation, where the damaged tooth is located, and if it is visible when you talk and smile.

For visible areas of your mouth, ceramic or porcelain crowns are preferable because they are attractive and blend in with your smile. In other cases, such as a strong bite or other concerns, gold or porcelain and metal blended crowns may provide a better solution. No matter which type of crown works best for you, all of our crowns are custom made of high quality materials.

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