Dental Crowns / Bridges / Dentures

Dental Crowns / Bridges / Dentures

Dental Crowns

The utmost aim of every dental procedure is to preserve natural teeth. Dr. James Hasken follows a number of types of restorative procedures to repair/reestablish the damaged tooth structure. Among the different types of restorations, dental crowns are recommended when the teeth are so weak that they cannot sustain on their own. Do you have a toothache? Is your tooth injured? Make an appointment and meet our dentist, Dr. James Hasken. Our dental crowns in McHenry, IL have helped patients regain a healthy smile during similar instances. We offer dental crowns that suit the needs of the patients who visit us from different corners of the city and Crystal Lake, IL. Speak to our dentist to know more about how dental crowns can restore your damaged tooth.

When are dental crowns needed?

There are a number of instances when a dental crown may be recommended. A tooth, which is badly decayed, may require large fillings to reestablish the damaged part. In such cases a dental crown may be necessary to support the functions of tooth. A tooth, which has an infected pulp, needs to undergo root canal treatment. This weakens the tooth. A dental crown is required to protect the tooth from falling out. Dr. Hasken may suggest the use of dental crown when the tooth is broken into pieces. He may restore the tooth using appropriate bonding materials and use a crown to hold the tooth in place.

Dental crowns – materials

Metals and porcelain are the most widely used materials in the manufacturing of dental crowns. Gold alloy crowns are known for their toughness and their ability to resist wear. They are mostly suitable for restoring back teeth. Porcelain crowns look very natural and are mostly preferred for restoring visible teeth. With the use of advanced technology pressed porcelain crowns are now available which are designed to be tougher and more beautiful.

Dental crowns – restoration procedure

The process of restoring a natural tooth using dental crowns requires more than one dental visit to our office in McHenry, IL. The process involves preparation of natural tooth and fabrication of temporary crown. The tooth preparation is done with the aid of local numbing agent. Our experienced dental team takes impressions of prepared tooth and prepares an acrylic crown at our office. This crown is used as a temporary. The permanent crown is cemented over the prepared tooth during the next visit.

Dental Bridges

Tooth loss can gradually deteriorate your oral health. A person who has many teeth missing may lose the confidence to take part in social events. This may partly be because of the poor esthetics of the smile. Teeth restorations can help regain the lost confidence by supporting the functionality of biting and chewing and improving the appearance of the smile. Dental bridges are one of the tooth restorations that have helped patients overcome the problems faced by tooth loss. The bridges can be used to restore one or more missing teeth in a row. They require one or two healthy natural teeth or dental implants for support. Since natural teeth or implants support the dental bridges, they are very stable and can last for about 10-15 years. We have restored lost teeth in many of our patients at our McHenry, IL dental office. Dr. Hasken has helped many of our patients from McHenry, Crystal Lake and other nearby localities regain a healthy and attractive smile. Do you have a lost tooth? Make an appointment to meet Dr. Hasken.

How can tooth loss affect oral health?

A person may lose teeth because of decay, periodontal disease, aging or from accidental injury. The loss of valuable natural teeth directly influences the patient’s ability to bite and chew food. Teeth loss may also affect speech. While these problems are quite evident to patients, there are other issues that can be found only by dental professionals. Patients should be aware of the fact that teeth loss can lead to increased food lodgment in the gaps and also cause the teeth nearby to move towards the gap. While the former can lead to gum infection, the later results in orthodontic problems. When many teeth are missing, the jawbone loses support and starts to shrink. The facial muscles tend to lose support which causes the skin to sag.

Dental bridges – treatment

There are a number of types of dental bridges based on the needs of the patient. The bridges vary in design and sometimes the type of material used. The restoration process starts with thorough oral check-up. Dr. Hasken sets a treatment plan based on the health of the natural teeth nearby to the gap. The placement of dental bridge requires preparation of natural teeth. This is done in order to make space for placement of the anchoring crowns of dental bridge. Teeth preparation is done after the area is numbed using local anesthesia. The natural teeth are reduced in size. Dr. Hasken takes impressions of prepared teeth to create temporaries in the dental office. These temporaries are made of acrylic. They are used to cover the prepared natural teeth until the final bridge gets fabricated in the lab. During the next dental visit, the temporaries are removed and the teeth are cleaned. Dr. Hasken checks the fit and finish of permanent bridge before cementing it over the natural teeth permanently. Patients should take care to clean the area below the bridge thoroughly to ensure longer life of restoration.


The aim of dental care is to try and protect natural teeth as much as possible. In the unfortunate event of teeth loss, restorative dentistry can support the natural functions of teeth through replacements. Have you lost all or most of your teeth? Do not worry. Our dental office in McHenry, IL offers solutions for partial and complete edentulism. In the last twenty years of our dental service, we have restored lost teeth in many patients from the city and Crystal Lake, IL. We follow advanced techniques to restore lost teeth using dentures. This has improved the efficiency of our teeth restorations.

Problems of edentulism or being tooth less

A person can lose teeth due to aging, periodontal diseases, teeth infection and from injuries. The problems faced from teeth loss are many. The condition can directly impact oral and overall health.

  • A person with edentulism may lose self-confidence to eat hard food items and may refrain from taking part in social events/gathering.
  • Due to lack of support the jawbone starts to resorb. This can make the facial skin to sag.
  • Improper nutritional intake can have direct impact on overall health.
  • People with edentulism are at higher risk of hypertension and heart problems.

Dentures for restoration

Your visit to our office will involve oral examination. Dr. Hasken checks out any remaining teeth and sets a treatment plan based on the condition of teeth. Non-functional and severely decayed teeth may be removed during the process. The dentures can be fabricated using porcelain material. The restoration process starts with taking impressions of the dental arch. This helps our team create a temporary denture which is made of acrylic. The dentures are fit in the oral cavity. The gums recede over a period of few months. This is when the permanent dentures are fabricated after taking impressions of the dental arch. Our team guides patients on caring for dentures. Maintenance of oral hygiene is important when living with dentures. The gums can be softly brushed and the dentures can be cleaned properly for a healthier life.

Contact Us Today!

New patients are always welcome to stop by our office to meet our team or schedule an appointment by calling 815-385-0777. Advanced dental equipment, the experience of our Dentist Dr. James A. Hasken, and the skills of our staff have helped us in successfully treating oral problems in many of our patients who visit us from different parts of McHenry and Crystal Lake.

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