Crowns. Everyone knows about those worn by Queen Elizabeth or even the creepy Burger King, but what do you know about dental crowns?
At the Doctors of Dental Medicine, sometimes a crown is the best option to restore a tooth. We use crowns to repair teeth that are damaged and to anchor bridges onto adjacent healthy teeth. Just like a crown that is put atop a royal’s head, on a tooth a crown is a cap placed over the part of the tooth that sits above the gum line. Crowns can be made of either metal alloy or porcelain.
Reasons to have a crown
At the Doctors of Dental Medicine, we use crowns for a wide variety of uses. The most common are:
• If a tooth has a very large cavity
• If a tooth is deeply cracked or worn
• If a tooth has a root canal procedure
• If a tooth is abnormally small, oddly shaped, or very discolored
How are crowns placed?
So, how do we place the crown and get it to stay put? Fitting and placing a crown at the Doctors of Dental Medicine takes two appointments. Your first appointment is basically maintenance. We remove any decay or other area of the tooth that is not savable. If a tooth has extensive decay, the solution isn’t a simply filling because the filling will occupy too large an area and the tooth then won’t have the strength necessary for long-term chewing and biting. A crown is needed.
After we have removed any decay or damage, we shave off some of the healthy portion of the tooth. This is necessary to make room for the crown to be fitted atop the tooth. Then we take dental impressions and send them off to the lab for the fabrication of your crown. While the crown is being made, we fit you with a temporary crown. This concludes your first appointment.
Once the lab finishes your crown and ships it back to us, you return to our offices for a second appointment. First, we check the fit, making any adjustments needed. Then the crown is permanently cemented onto your tooth. Any final shaping and polishing is done, and you’re good to go.
Now you know all about crowns beyond Westminster Abbey. Give your damaged or decayed tooth the royal treatment — have the pros at the Doctors of Dental Medicine put a crown on it. Call us at 732-329-3113 to schedule your appointment.