Dental crowns can restore chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth to their near-original condition, preserving your smile and preventing the need for an extraction. At Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the expert general dentists regularly use crowns to address damage and decay. To learning more about the benefits of crowns, request a consultation with the team today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.
A crown is an oral prosthetic designed to cover the unique curves and cusps of a damaged or decaying tooth.
By placing a dental crown over a chip, crack, or cavity, your Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC provider can preserve your smile while lowering your risk of future complications.
In addition to restoring the aesthetic appearance of your smile, dental crowns make tasks like chewing and biting easier. They also protect your tooth from further decay, lowering your risk of infection and other more time-consuming treatments.
The team at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC uses crowns to address a wide range of problems. They might recommend a dental crown to:
Your provider might also recommend a dental crown if you have a severely discolored or misshapen tooth.
Getting a dental crown starts with an initial consultation. During this appointment, your Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC provider conducts an oral exam and asks you about your symptoms.
They also take X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone. If there’s no infection present, your provider moves forward with treatment.
After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist prepares your affected tooth to receive the crown, carefully filing the top and sides. Next, your dentist takes impressions of your tooth. Then, they send your impressions to a lab that manufactures your permanent crown.
Several weeks later you return to Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC. At your second appointment, your dentist lines up your permanent crown with your affected tooth and bonds it in place using dental cement. The whole process usually takes 30-60 minutes.
You protect your dental crown just like you would your permanent teeth. The team at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC recommends brushing your teeth twice every day, flossing once a day, and visiting the office every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
If possible, you should avoid bad habits such as biting your fingernails and chewing on hard candy or popcorn kernels. With proper care, dental crowns can last for 10-15 years.
To learn more about the benefits of preserving your tooth with a dental crown, make an appointment at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.