When a tooth has had a previous cavity or a filling or multiple fillings in it, we have to think that at one point, God made that be a solid block of tooth. Now there's a lot of that missing. Not only do we have to restore to the decay, but that tooth can be significantly weakened, especially back in the day of the old silver mercury fillings. Probably the traditional way of fixing that was with what we call a cap or a crown, which is, if you think of it, it's like a thimble that goes over the tooth and surrounds it and strengthens it. Crowns are made out of 100 percent ceramic material that are not only very strong, but they're very cosmetic as well.
We also been doing a procedure called a porcelain or ceramic inlays and onlays for many years, and that's a way of instead of having to grind a tooth down to a stump for a crown, we can take out just the decay or just the old filling, refine the shape of the tooth, and take a mold of that, and our lab will actually make us like a perfect jigsaw puzzle piece out of porcelain that we can then bond into the tooth and that strengthens the tooth dramatically, and a lot of times will far outlast the filling or be more conservative than a crown and that we don't have to drill the tooth down. It's a little less expensive than a crown as well. Depending on how badly broken down the tooth is, we have a newer range of options.
Some people can go on for a long time about the many uses for duct tape. Our dentists are similarly long-winded about dental crowns and bridges in Middlesex. Because of its many uses, a dental crown is an incredibly versatile restorative dentistry treatment.
A dental crown can:
- Anchor a dental bridge
- Replace a lost tooth when attached to a dental implant
- Mend a crack or break in a tooth
- Repair large cavities
- Conceal cosmetic flaws like stubborn stains
- Seal a tooth following a root canal
Protect your tooth from suffering further damage
Crowns are available in a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and metal. Our dentists will help you determine which material will work best for your situation. We partner with the best dental labs to ensure you get a high-quality crown, no matter which material is chosen.
To speak to our dentists about a dental crown or dental bridge, call 732-506-2876.
Digital Tooth Impressions Speed Up the Dental Crown Process
Most people wouldn’t describe getting impressions of their teeth as painful, but they wouldn’t describe it as pleasant either. We use a digital scanner to make the impression process as fast and comfortable as possible. We won’t need to put a tray of messy goop in your mouth. The impressions are more accurate, which should result in a better-fitting dental restoration. Since we can email digital impressions to the dental lab instead of sending a physical impression in the mail, you’ll get your crown faster too.
An Implant-Supported Bridge Is a Less Invasive Teeth Replacement Option
When we replace missing teeth with a dental bridge, we’ll attach the bridge to dental crowns. We can put the crowns on the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile or on dental implants. Using implants means we won’t have to drill into healthy tooth structure. In addition, implants can help prevent bone loss in your jaw.
To restore your smile with dental crowns and bridges in Middlesex, call us today at 732-506-2876.