A dental restoration becomes necessary when a tooth is weak, is in poor shape or when a lost tooth needs to be replaced. This dental restoration is designed to bear the load, look natural and to effectively aid the functionality of natural teeth. It is called a dental crown. It is the most widely used restorations in dentistry. It has helped our team safeguard natural teeth in many of our patients and improve their oral health. Dental crowns can also improve the esthetics of the smile. If you have a tooth decay or misshapen teeth, come speak to our dentist. Our cosmetic and restorative dental care can help you improve your oral health and beautify your smile. We have patients who visit us from Fords, Woodbridge Township and surrounding communities of NJ.
A dental crown is a cap that is shaped similar to the natural crown of a tooth. It can be made of metal, porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. A metal crown can withstand more load and is resistant to wear whereas a porcelain crown is bright and looks more natural. The crown can be cemented over the natural tooth or over an implant to replace lost tooth. Following are some of the cases when our dentist may recommend a dental crown.
The ultimate aim of every dental professional is to protect natural teeth. When a tooth is under threat, it should be protected and supported by dental restoration. A crown is recommended when a tooth cannot survive on its own. This restoration can last as many as 5-10 years and aid the functionality of chewing and biting while the tooth remains protected underneath.
The placement of a dental crown over a weak tooth requires removal of some portion of the enamel layer. This creates space for the restoration. The first and foremost step in the restoration process is to prepare natural tooth. It is done with the help of local anesthesia. Different types of dental instruments are used to down-size the natural tooth. An impression of prepared tooth is taken and a temporary crown is fabricated at our office. This protects the tooth until the permanent crown is fabricated in the lab.
The fabrication of permanent crown may take about 10 business days. During the second visit, our dentist removes the temporary crown and cleans the tooth. We check the fit of the permanent crown before it is bonded to the natural tooth. The permanent crown can be bonded over natural tooth using dental cement.