What is a dental crown?
A crown is a “cap” that fits over a severely decayed or fractured tooth. Sometimes, a tooth requires more than a simple filling. If you have a tooth that isn’t strong enough to endure a filling or structural repair, a crown makes your tooth whole again.
Dr. Ocharoen custom designs your crown so it blends in seamlessly with your adjacent natural teeth. Crowns are cemented into place so they become a permanent fixture in your mouth that you care for as you would your natural teeth. Crowns are also used as the visible portion of a dental implant, typically made from ceramic or porcelain.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns look and function just like your natural teeth. They provide added support for a weak tooth. Crowns also can be used to attach dental bridges, or cover a tooth that’s badly damaged, misshapen, or discolored.
Dr. Ocharoen may recommend a crown after you have root canal therapy on a tooth. The crown protects the tooth from further damage and helps you avoid more complicated dental procedures in the future.
Since crowns become a permanent part of your mouth, you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place in the future, like some types of removable dental restorations. Dental crowns are easy to care for and they’re not susceptible to tooth decay.
What can I expect at my dental crown appointment?
Dental crowns typically require two appointments with Dr. Ocharoen. At the first visit, she removes any decay from your natural tooth and prepares it to provide a foundation for the new crown. She takes an impression of the tooth so the lab can create a crown that fits perfectly into place.
While your permanent crown is being made, Dr. Ocharoen fits you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until she installs the permanent one. Most people choose porcelain or ceramic tooth-colored crowns because they look most like natural teeth. Dr. Ocharoen also offers the option of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and gold crowns.
To discuss your options for restoring a damaged or decayed tooth with a custom crown, schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking tool, or call the Florham Park, New Jersey office.