Chips, fractures, alignment problems or deep stains on your teeth can leave you with an unappealing smile. Some people will turn to dental veneers to give them a more appealing smile. It’s not unheard of for one or more teeth to need a crown due to thin enamel or past dental work.
A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer with an artificial tooth made from gold, base metals or porcelain. In most cases a tooth in your smile will be replaced by a porcelain crown or a durable porcelain fused to metal.
This involves a two-step process. First your dentist will examine the tooth and take some x-rays, to make sure the pulp and root of the tooth is healthy. If decay extends deep into the tooth, your dentist may need to perform a root canal.
The dentist will then create an abutment to anchor the new crown. This is done by removing the majority of the tooth enamel with a drill leaving a small amount of enamel surrounding the dentin layer of the tooth.
With the abutment formed they will create an impression of the area and your bite pattern. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. Then they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.
Once your permanent crown is ready, the dentist will call you in to remove the temporary crown and cement your new permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth that needs cosmetic restoration and you would like to have it fit with a crown, please feel free to call us at 973-993-1979 to schedule an appointment.