Damaged and decayed teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed. Not only will your aesthetic be compromised, but the status of your current health will continue to decline. Being around family, friends, and peers can become increasingly difficult, especially if the problematic teeth are visible to others. Fortunately, Dr. Gizachew at Nu Dental Brick can provide dental crowns to safeguard and strengthen the natural tooth structure, allowing you to feel more confident in your appearance. To find out if you are eligible for this restorative treatment, contact us today!
Dental crowns are restorative solutions that are also known as “caps.” Designed to restore and strengthen the visible portion of a weakened tooth, it is also used when patients undergo dental implant placement to replace a single missing tooth.
Dentists have relied on dental crowns for decades (even centuries) to help individuals living with decayed or damaged teeth. The most common reasons your dentist might recommend a dental crown include:
Prior to placing your dental crown, we’ll need to complete a consultation to ensure this is the best treatment based on your needs. If this is the case, we’ll start by administering a local anesthetic and carefully remove a small amount of your enamel so it can hold a crown. If present, we’ll make sure any and all decay is cleaned off before capturing impressions using our digital technology. This impression will be used to create your crown, which is made from tooth-colored dental ceramics. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown to cover your tooth, then come back to our office after the permanent crown is fabricated.
After about two weeks, your permanent crown will be made and ready to replace your temporary restoration. Once the permanent crown is attached, we’ll make any slight modifications as needed to ensure it keeps your bite even and looks as natural as possible inside your smile.
Known for their durability and functionality, dental crowns offer patients a tried-and-true solution that provides a multitude of benefits, some of which include:
Do you have a moderate to severely decayed or damaged tooth? If so, you can forego the need for extraction by covering it with a dental crown instead. These restorations can both strengthen the structure and improve the appearance of compromised pearly whites. Even so, you might want to know as much as possible before undergoing the procedure. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns in Brick Township. Read on to learn more about this treatment or reach out to us today to schedule your consultation!
While your dental crown will look similar to your natural teeth, it won’t be made of the same organic, porous material. Since it doesn’t have the microscopic pores needed for bleaching gels to treat stubborn stains, you won’t be able to whiten your restoration. If you want to maintain a bright and healthy dental crown, you’ll want to consult your dentist about undergoing professional teeth whitening before moving forward with placing your dental cap. This way, your restoration can specifically be color-matched with the same shade as the rest of your smile.
Although dental crowns are designed to be incredibly durable and long-lasting, you will eventually have to replace them with a new one. This means they’re technically not considered a permanent restoration option. That said, the process is still technically irreversible, as your natural enamel will need to be reshaped/altered for your crown to fit properly. Once the enamel has been removed, it will not grow back on its own, which means you’ll require a dental cap at all times going forward. Still, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist, you can expect your restoration to last around 5 to 15 years!
Like with most other dental procedures, our team will first numb the area we’ll be working on with a local anesthetic. This means you shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure and several hours afterward. We may even offer you sedation dentistry to keep you completely relaxed while you undergo the treatment. Though the process itself won’t be uncomfortable, it’s normal to experience mild soreness or sensitivity for several days after your appointment is over. Fortunately, you can easily remedy these sensations by taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
Your dentist can know for sure if your dental crown needs replacing by physically examining it and taking X-rays. Still, you can typically keep an eye out for certain indications that your restoration is nearing its lifespan, including: