A dental crown restores the form and function of a tooth that has been damaged due to trauma or decay. This restoration fits over a tooth to provide it with protection, strength, and restored aesthetics. Ridgewood Dental Associates in Ridgewood, NJ, provides traditional crowns and implant-supported crowns, which can completely replace a lost tooth from the root to the chewing surface.
A Natural-looking Solution
Recent advancements in materials and placement techniques have made contemporary dental crowns more durable and natural-looking than ever. When fabricated from high-grade porcelain, crowns mimic the translucency of real enamel, making it virtually impossible to distinguish them from natural teeth.
A dental crown may be used to:
- Restore a broken, fractured, or decayed tooth
- Restore a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Replace a filling, crown, or other failing restoration
- Support a dental bridge
- Cover cosmetic imperfections such as deep stains
- Restore a dental implant to replace a lost tooth
Once the tooth has been treated, it is reshaped in order to accommodate a crown.
Placing a Traditional Dental Crown
Placing a dental crown usually requires two office visits. During the first appointment, your dentist will remove the portions of the tooth that are compromised. The remaining tooth structure is then reshaped to a accommodate a dental crown. Next, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth.
An offsite dental lab will then create your crown based on the impressions and other instructions regarding the materials and color of the restoration. Zirconia, renowned for its durability and resemblance to natural dental tissue, is usually used to restore molars.
Recent advancements in materials and placement techniques have made contemporary dental crowns more durable and natural-looking than ever.
It takes the lab about two weeks to make a crown, and we can provide a temporary crown in the meantime. When the crown is complete, you will return to our office and a dentist will place your permanent restoration. First, the temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. Next, the permanent crown is placed over the tooth and cemented into place. We will make any adjustments necessary to ensure a comfortable fit.
Placing an Implant-Supported Dental Crown
Receiving an implant-supported dental crown can require several office visits. First, you will meet with the doctor to assess your candidacy and create a surgical plan. On the day of implant placement surgery, you will receive anesthesia. Next, Dr. Jin Ha Joung or Dr. Mark Samani will place the implant into the jawbone. The dentist may be able to place the permanent crown immediately, but in some cases, the implant will need to completely fuse with the bone tissue before it is restored. This process typically takes about four to six months, and we can provide a temporary crown while you heal.
Learn More about Dental Crowns Today
If you have suffered dental trauma, are experiencing tooth pain, or have lost a tooth, call us today at (201) 652-2474 to book an appointment. You can also send us a message using our online form.