Posts for tag: Dental Crowns
Do you avoid chewing on one side of your mouth due to a damaged tooth? A dental crown can restore your tooth's normal function and improve your appearance. Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi share some information about this versatile restoration method.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns, also called caps, cover the portions of your teeth that extend above your gum line. The restorations look just like your natural teeth, but if you were to turn them over, you'll notice that they're hollow inside. Before you receive a crown, your tooth will be prepared. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures that there will be plenty of room for the restoration to slip over your tooth.
Your teeth produce a tremendous amount of pressure when you chew on a piece of steak or gnaw on a raw carrot. Because the forces you generate are so strong, your crown must be equally strong or it will soon break apart. Porcelain, one of the most common crown materials, is a good choice because the material is extremely tough and closely resembles tooth enamel. Porcelain can be used alone or fused to a layer of metal.
When are dental crowns recommended?
We may recommend a dental crown when you visit our Ringwood office if:
- Your tooth is broken: Crowns restore height and width to broken teeth and make it possible to use your teeth to chew once again. In some cases, root canal therapy may be needed before you can receive a crown.
- Your tooth is at high risk of a fracture: Crowns are also used to prevent damage to teeth. Any change to your tooth structure can weaken the tooth and make it more likely to break apart one day when you take a bite of food. Teeth can become weaker if they're cracked or if the structure has been weakened by large fillings or root canal treatment.
- You want to change the shape or length of your tooth: Crowns offer the ideal way to lengthen teeth or change the shape of crooked, twisted or pointed teeth.
- You want to conceal an imperfection: Crowns effectively hide chips, discolorations, uneven tooth surfaces and other flaws.
Restore and protect your damaged teeth with dental crowns. Call Ringwood, NJ, dentists Drs. David Kahn and John Pergolizzi at (973) 835-3900.
Repairing your teeth with porcelain dental restorations may seem like a complicated task. However, these procedures are customized to your smile, usually take place within only a handful of dental appointments, and are easy with the help of your dentist. Learn more about dental crowns and bridgework with Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ.
Dental Crowns and Bridgework
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth while crowns fit over a tooth to protect or strengthen it. A bridge uses a crown on either side of its prosthetic tooth to hold the restoration in place. The crowns fit over the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, using them as an anchor. Both crowns and bridges are made from tooth-colored porcelain and customized by a dental laboratory to fit seamlessly into your smile.
How can these restorations help me?
A dental bridge’s main function is filling in the gaps in your smile. On the other hand, a dental crown’s versatility allows dentists to use it in many situations. Some of the most common uses for dental crowns include:
- stabilizing a tooth with a large filling, like after a root canal
- protecting a damaged or unstable tooth
- replacing a tooth as part of a dental implant
- holding a bridge in place
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- restoring the biting surface of a worn or broken tooth
Dental Crowns and Bridges in Ringwood, NJ
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown or bridge, you should consult with your dentist to determine if the procedure is the right choice for you. Placing a dental crown, whether on its own or as part of a bridge, requires preparation of the tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist will remove small parts of the enamel from around the tooth to make room for the width and height of the crown. With the tooth prepared, your dentist affixes the crown with dental cement.
For more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi at their practice in Ringwood, NJ. Call (973) 835-3900 today to schedule your appointment for a consultation.
If you live in Ringwood, NJ and you are wondering what to do with a chipped or damaged tooth, you should probably give serious consideration to finding a qualified and caring dentist to help you assess and treat your situation.
If you are seeking quality dental care, consider contacting the offices of Dr. David Kahn & Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ.
The fact is, if you chip, break, or otherwise damage a tooth or if you are dealing with tooth decay issues, Dr. Kahn and Dr. Pergolizzi will have a number of options that may help you. One of those options may be a dental crown.
A dental crown is a prosthetic dental device that is permanently placed over a damaged tooth to strengthen and it and restore its look and function. The crown is designed specifically for you; its purpose is not only to strengthen and restore a damaged or decayed tooth but to restore your natural looking smile.
In a crown procedure, your Ringwood dentist will take an impression of the tooth that needs to be repaired and have a ceramic or porcelain crown designed to match that tooth and the rest of your teeth. The dentist will prep your tooth by reshaping it for optimum fit.
Your dentist sends the impression to an outside laboratory that manufactures your permanent crown; in the meantime, a temporary crown is placed on your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. When your permanent crown is ready, your Ringwood dentist permanently places the crown over the tooth. The procedure is safe, quick and painless and the result is a “new” tooth that looks, feels, acts, and works like your original tooth.
Crowns can last many years before needing replacement; complications due to crown procedures are both minimal and rare. In fact, crown procedures are among the most commonly performed dental procedures done today.
For more information about how crowns can strengthen your teeth or to make an appointment with either Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi call 973-835-3900.