Dental crowns can assist with a variety of dental treatments. They can restore and protect your teeth as well as help you retain your bite. Below we'll cover some of the most common questions regarding dental crowns, but for more information, you can always depend on your local Toms River, NJ, dentist, Dr. Todd Manela of Washington Street Family Dentistry.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is in essence a protective cap custom made in a lab to resemble a natural tooth. They can be manufactured out of a variety of metals and alloys, and more commonly, of tooth-colored materials like porcelain or ceramic.
When Are Crowns Necessary?
Crowns are necessary to protect fractured teeth, both to protect them from further injury but also to restore their appearance and function. They are an important part of a root canal as the tooth loses some of its structure as part of the procedure. Crowns are also employed by restorative dental procedures such as dental implants and bridges. Teeth that are discolored due to injury cannot be whitened by traditional bleaching so some may opt for a dental crown for cosmetic reasons.
How Are Dental Crowns Attached?
Getting a dental crown usually takes three visits. On the first one, your tooth is reshaped in order to accept a crown. A temporary crown is then bonded in place to protect your tooth until your second visit. At the second visit, your temporary crown is removed and a final impression is taken of the tooth, that is then sent to the dental laboratory to make your final crown. Once your final crown is ready from the lab, we will schedule your third appointment. On the third visit, this final crown is bonded and checked for a good fit.
How Long Do They Last?
Crowns can last between 5 and 15 years, though sometimes longer. It all depends on you maintaining good dental health practices and avoiding hard foods that can crack even your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth your dentist may recommend a nightguard to ensure the longevity of your crown.
Dental Crowns in Toms River, NJ
Dental crowns can restore your smile, so if you believe yours may be improved by them schedule a consultation today with Dr. Manela of Washington Street Family Dentistry in Toms River, NJ, by dialing (732) 349-0006.