Dental crowns protect and restore teeth in Montville, NJ
Dental crowns, also called “tooth caps,” are common dental restorations that are very effective at preserving and protecting teeth that have become damaged or decayed. In addition, they can be a great cosmetic solution for patients who want to enhance the appearance of teeth that are worn down, misshapen, or have other aesthetic issues. At Ferrari Dental, we offer patients in the Montville, Lincoln Park, Kinnelon, Parsippany, and nearby NJ communities a variety of options when it comes to restoring their teeth with dental crowns.
Why a dental crown might be recommended
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore the tooth’s natural shape and appearance and protect it from future damage and decay. Dr. Ferrari may recommend a dental crown in the following circumstances:
- Restore a tooth that is too damaged for a filling
- Change the shape of a tooth that has been worn down or broken
- Place on top of dental implants used to replace missing teeth
- Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
- Change the appearance of a tooth that is permanently discolored, misshapen, or has other cosmetic imperfections
There are several materials available to make your dental crown. Dr. Ferrari will help you determine which is the best option based on where the crown is located and your preferences. For example, an all-porcelain or zirconia crown is typically best for front teeth. Porcelain teeth look and feel natural, but are slightly less durable than metal, so a metal or ceramic-on-metal crown is typically a better option for molars because they need to withstand higher chewing forces.
The dental crown process
Putting a crown on a tooth is a multi-step process. Whitening your teeth with professional teeth whitening before getting your crown placed is a great idea for many patients – combined with a beautiful new restoration, it can really transform your smile! To place the crown, we first remove any areas of decay or damage on the tooth and shape it so that the crown will fit well over the tooth without being too bulky. Then, we take impressions of your mouth so that the crown can be custom-made in the lab for a perfect fit. We place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being made. When it is ready, you come back in to the office and we remove the temporary crown, check the fit of your permanent crown and make any adjustments necessary before cementing it onto your tooth.
To learn more about dental crowns and the best options for restoring your smile, call Ferrari Dental at (973) 314-8850 today!