What Type of Dental Crown is Best for Me?
Dental crowns are often the finishing touch on a root canal procedure, giving the repaired tooth an extra layer of strength to prevent it from being dislodged or lost. Some people, however, may decide that a dental crown can help restore a smile that has been negatively impacted by stains or erosions on visible teeth.
Crowns are a fantastic option for patients who:
Having a weakened tooth (either through erosion, tooth decay, or other issues), or having gaps between your teeth where a tooth used to be, can cause problems with biting and chewing. This can impair your quality of life, leading to jaw pain and damage to your surrounding teeth. A crown minimizes any problems that can arise from weak or missing teeth.
If you are determined to benefit from a dental crown, then we'll work with you over a series of several appointments to ensure your comfort and a proper fit. We'll start with removing any decay on the tooth that's getting the crown to prepare it for the procedure. Next, we'll take an impression out of rubber putty to send to the lab to make your crown. In the interim, we'll fit you with a temporary crown to hold you over while we wait for your final crown to come back from the lab. This generally takes less than two weeks.
When we get your permanent crown, we'll begin by ensuring your mouth is properly numbed up to avoid any pain or discomfort associated with the procedure, then we'll fit it over your tooth and cement it into place. During this part of the procedure, we'll make sure that there's no remaining decay on your tooth and that the fit is perfect.
The type of crown that you receive is largely dependent upon your individual needs and the location of the tooth. Your crown may be:
If you require a dental crown, it's understandable if you feel overwhelmed by your options. We here at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will help you every step of the way to make the best choice for your unique needs. Please give us a call today at (908) 647-4441 if you have any questions to schedule your next dental appointment.