Dental Crown Restoration

Dental crowns are one of the most commonly performed procedures around the country. People get them for all different kinds of reasons, whether it’s to improve the appearance or the function of a tooth. A crown is basically a cover, or a cap, that goes over top your natural tooth. If you’re thinking about getting a dental crown at Red Bank Smiles, here’s some information to help you prepare. When you arrive at your appointment, Dr. Klayman will go over everything in more detail.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are like permanent prosthetic teeth. They’re often made from metal alloys, ceramics or porcelain and color-matched to blend in with the rest of your smile. They’re designed to not only look natural, but feel natural, too, and you can bite and chew with them like you normally would.

They’re called crowns because they only cover the crown of the tooth, which is the part that sits above the gum line. You either need to have a natural tooth or a dental implant in order to get a crown.

Why Get a Dental Crown?

Crowns have many different benefits, which is why they’re so common. They can restore a tooth to its natural shape and size and provide both cosmetic and functional support. Here are some examples of why someone might get a dental crown.

  • Correct a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Attach a dental bridge
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a tooth that’s already broken
  • Strengthen a tooth that has a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal or other procedure
  • Correct bite problems caused by a gap in the natural tooth

As you can see, dental crowns are very versatile. Even children can get dental crowns. It’s also common to have more than one placed in your mouth. If Dr. Klayman recommends a crown, here’s what the process looks like.

What to Expect

Usually, crowns take about two appointments to complete. During the first visit, the dentist will get your natural tooth ready. This might involve removing any decay, reshaping the outer structure or building up the core. If drilling or abrasion is required, the dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. It’s important to make sure the natural tooth is in good condition before it’s permanently covered by a crown.

At this time, the dentist will also take an impression using a scanner or paste/putty. This ensures the crown is an exact fit for your mouth. After that, the impression is sent off to the dental laboratory while it is hand-crafted in the USA. It takes a couple of weeks before the crown is made, so until then, you can just sit tight. Dr. Klayman will give you a temporary crown in the meantime, which is custom made in the office.

The next time you come back, it’s time to remove the temporary crown and install the permanent one. He’ll first make sure it fits and looks as it should before fixing it in place with special cement. Then you’re ready to head home with a new, strong and beautiful tooth. Dr. Klayman will tell you how to properly take care of the dental crown to prevent it from breaking and to prevent the natural tooth underneath from getting a cavity.

Restore Your Smile

Dental crowns are a quick, everyday restoration that yields great results. Most patients are happier with the way their mouth looks and feels afterwards. If you don’t already have an appointment scheduled, go ahead and book one. You can either schedule online or call Heidi at 732-741-1052.

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