A crown encases the entire tooth surface above the gum line to restore it to its original size and shape. As a result, the crown fully covers the tooth to restore its shape and function while protecting it from further damage. Most patients require a crown after a large cavity threatens the tooth's structure. In addition, crowns are commonly used to protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. At The Dentists LLC, porcelain crowns are an excellent solution when a patient wants a fully restored smile because porcelain is the most life-like material available for restorations.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
The dentist must remove a small amount of enamel from the affected tooth to ensure the restoration fits properly inside the mouth. An impression of the prepared tooth will also be taken and sent to the lab, where the crown will be fabricated. Finally, the dentist will attach a temporary crown made of acrylic resin to protect the prepared tooth until the new restoration is ready. Once the final crown is returned from the lab, the patient will return for a second appointment to have it placed. The temporary crown will be removed at the second appointment, and the permanent one will be placed with dental cement. Once the procedure is complete and the patient is comfortable, the bite will be checked and polished to ensure the crown is aligned correctly. They will then receive instructions for caring for their crown to remain in the best possible condition for as long as possible. It is important to remember that regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings are still required to preserve the strength and health of natural teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
There are several benefits of getting dental crowns. First, they can help you preserve your natural teeth. Another advantage of crowns is that they give back the full function of your natural smile. If a tooth is cracked or chipped, a crown can repair the damage and protect the tooth from further decay. It can also replace a large filling if the enamel has suffered enough injury that it cannot be adequately restored with a standard filling. Porcelain crowns are also resistant to staining. While other restorations, such as fillings, may discolor over time, porcelain doesn’t absorb stains like other materials. These restorations are excellent for patients who want to maintain white and bright smiles.
If you need a dental crown to restore the look and health of your smile, contact The Dentists LLC at 870 Palisade Avenue, Suite 301A, Teaneck, NJ 07666, or call (201) 836-2720. Our dentist can evaluate the damage and determine whether you’re a good candidate for the crown or if another treatment would better fit your needs.