Dental crowns in essence are caps which fit over your existing teeth, so as to protect them from further damage, and to hide any chips, cracks, or discoloration. The specific type of crowns you have installed will depend on the kind of damage you have in your teeth, which teeth are affected, and what type of material will best match your other teeth. Crowns can be made of several different substances, including zirconia, porcelain, ceramic, various metals, or a resin composite. Your dentist will also consider how much of the crowned tooth will show when you smile.
When you go to your first appointment with the dentist, an impression will be taken of your mouth and that will be sent to a laboratory. Then a temporary crown will be put in place while you're waiting, and it will be fixed in place by temporary cement. When the permanent crown has been prepared, the temporary one will be removed, and the permanent one will be fitted into your mouth. If any adjustments are necessary, they will be done at this time, so as to ensure that your crown fits naturally and comfortably along with other teeth in your mouth.
We are always happy to answer any inquiries you might have about dental crowns, or to setup an initial consultation. Please contact us at (732) 314-4218, or fill out the contact form on our website and submit it. We can then get together with you, and discuss how dental crowns might be an option for protecting and concealing any damaged teeth you have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why would I need a dental crown?
A: There are a number of reasons why patients have crowns installed. You may have just had a root canal, or you may have had a large cavity filled and the crown will protect that area of your mouth. Crowns are also sometimes used to keep a dental bridge in place or to protect a dental implant. Broken or discolored teeth are sometimes crowned simply to conceal them from sight.
Q: What is the procedure for installing a dental crown?
A: In most cases, two office visits will be needed to install a crown. At the first session, the dentist will numb the area, then shape the tooth so it can hold the new crown. Then an impression will be taken and sent to the lab. At the next visit, your dentist will fit the crown in place, and perform any modifications necessary to ensure a good bite and a good fit in place.
Q: Do I need a root canal with my crown?
A: Not always. Many crowns are installed just to protect a damaged tooth, and no further work is necessary.
Q: How long will my dental crown last?
A: Many dental crowns will last between 15 and 20 years, especially if you have good oral hygiene and brush and floss regularly. If you avoid eating lots of hard foods like nuts and hard candy, you can make them last even longer.