At Diamond Springs Dental Associates, your smile’s beauty is as important as its health and function. To restore structural integrity to a tooth compromised by extensive decay or damage, our cosmetic dentists may suggest a dental crown. Made from aesthetic porcelain to match existing teeth, a dental crown covers the portion of a tooth that extends above the gum. In many cases, a crown can save a tooth from extraction. Areas that incur great pressure (some molars) may require porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
When do we recommend dental crowns to patients in Denville, NJ?
A dental crown has a wide-range of uses and is one of the most effective dental restorations that we have available because of its unique ability to reinforce the structure of the damaged tooth. We generally recommend crowns to patients with the following condition:
- When there is not much healthy tooth structure left and the tooth needs a large filling
- For a tooth that is fractured and threatening to break
- Can be used to cover a dental implant to support a bridge
- Can be used to add strength and reinforce the structure of a tooth that has undergone root canal
- To improve the appearance of a discoloured and misshapen tooth
- To protect a child’s primary tooth from further damage and premature loss.
What is a crown procedure like for patients in Denville, NJ?
Like other restorative procedures in Diamond Spring Dental Associates, having dental crowns installed will take about 2 to 3 visits to complete. Your first visit will involve preparing the tooth for the dental crown and this is done using a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Your dentist will start laying the groundwork for the attachment of the dental crown. An impression of your tooth will be made and this will be sent to our dental laboratory in Denville, NJ to fabricate your dental crown. You will be provided temporary crowns to use while waiting for the permanent ones to be completed.
You will be called back in for the installation of your crown once it comes back from the dental lab. Your dentist will test if it fits perfectly before cementing it permanently in place. It is important for patients to note that crowns require as much care as your natural tooth does. Once installed, dental crowns restore both the normal function and natural appearance of your tooth. Patients are encouraged to come in for regular dental check-ups to make sure that your dentist is able to monitor the condition of your dental crown. With proper care, your dental crowns will last you a long time.
Call us or click here to schedule your check-up or consultation at Diamond Spring Dental today. Our conveniently located Denville dentist office serves patients in Parsippany, Mountain Lakes, Boonton, Denville, and the surrounding areas.
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