Dental crowns reinstate a tooth's size, structure, and strength. It comprehensively covers the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. A crown's life can range from ten to fifteen years with efficient care and good oral hygiene practices. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we provide crown restorations to enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental Crown Uses
The chief objective of a dental crown is to reinstate the shape, strength, size, and functionality of a tooth and improve its appearance. In addition, a crown may be required in the following conditions:
- To safeguard a tooth from further wear and breakdown
- To protect a compromised tooth affected by decay or disease
- To replace an old, broken, or deteriorating filling
- To salvage a tooth that has already broken
- To renovate worn-out teeth
- To support a tooth when there isn't much natural tooth structure left.
- To make cosmetic changes such as closing gaps between teeth or reshaping or rotating teeth.
- To hold dental bridges in position
- To cover a dental implant
- To restore strength to any tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.
Types of Dental Crowns
At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection. There are three specific types of crowns, and each has its distinct features:
A porcelain crown is aesthetically pleasing, stable, and highly resistant to wear and tear. It provides a superior level of biocompatibility as it does not contain metal. A porcelain crown matches your natural teeth' translucence and blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Metal offers strength and endurance. It may be suggested for molar teeth where the forces of chewing and biting are its optimum. A metal crown does not break or chip, and besides, it requires minimal removal of enamel structure. It is the most economical treatment option. However, since metal is not biocompatible, it may cause allergic reactions and gum discoloration.
This crown delivers the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles your existing teeth and the strength of an underlying metal structure. But the disadvantage of this crown is that they require the removal of significant tooth structures. This means that there is increased potential for patient discomfort during the treatment.
If you want to know more about dental crowns, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.