Of all dental procedures, crown restorations account for a huge percentage. At Todd L. Jolly, DMD, we are more than happy to restore your damaged tooth by installing a crown.
A crown is a ceramic or porcelain prosthetic that is cemented onto your damaged tooth. Many people opt for this treatment to repair decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth. Usually, the crowns will cover the outer part of the tooth, the “crown,” but in some instances, it’ll go down to the root.
Other reasons for crowning include covering a dental implant, to support a dental bridge while others use crowns for cosmetic modifications. Some of the materials we use to create the crown include resin, gold, metal, porcelain, and ceramic. These materials will be used to make a custom crown to fit each tooth that requires restoration.
The crowning procedure will require up to two dental visits to our office. In the first visit, the teeth receiving the crowns will undergo intensive examination which includes taking x-rays to establish the condition of the roots and the surrounding bone.
If the tooth is extensively damaged through decay, you’ll have to undergo a root canal treatment first. Otherwise, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Afterward, the tooth that will receive the crown will be filed to make room for perfect fitting although the amount of filing will depend on the crown to be installed.
After the filing, putty or a special paste will be used to make a mold of the tooth. In some instances, a digital scanner may be used to make the impressions. These impressions will then be sent to our dental lab where we’ll manufacture the crown. This can take up to three weeks to complete. However, the tooth will be covered using a temporary crown to protect the tooth as you wait for the permanent crown.
During the second visit, the permanent crown will be examined to make sure it matches the color of the tooth and fits perfectly, so it doesn’t affect your bite. If everything is in order, the area around the tooth will be numbed, and the permanent crown will be installed using cement.
Crowns are important in restoring the functionality, strength, and shape of a damaged tooth. After undergoing a crowning procedure, you can go back to your normal life without having to worry about the underlying parts.
Also, crowns will restore your bite and your mouth’s structural integrity. After a piece of tooth chips away or breaks, a gap is formed. Such gaps create problems, especially when biting. Crowns fill the gap, thus restoring the mouth’s structure. Finally, crowns allow you to smile again with confidence since they resemble the natural teeth.
While crowns can fix numerous dental issues, they cannot fix all of them. This is why you must visit our clinics for an in-depth analysis of the situation so we can offer you the best treatment.
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If you have a significantly damaged or decayed tooth, you may need a dental crown! Call (973) 284-7363 to schedule your appointment today.