Dental Associates of Lodi provide dental crowns in Lodi, NJ. Call 862-247-8030 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Although fillings can solve most cases of minor to moderate tooth decay or damage, they cannot save a tooth that is extensively damaged. In this case, a dental crown is a highly functional and aesthetic alternative. Dental crowns and veneer restoration preserves the remaining healthy portion of the tooth and root structure, keeping the bone and gum tissue strong and stabilizing the nearby teeth.
The first step is to take impressions of the entire mouth and bite structure. This ensures that the crown will match the overall spacing, size, and length of the natural teeth. We will then remove all traces of decay and prepare your tooth for the crown. Finally, we will take impressions of the prepared tooth and final shade to ensure that the crown will be both secure and comfortable in your mouth.
You will receive a temporary crown to wear while your final crown is being crafted at the dental lab. In about two weeks, you will return to our office to have the final crown placed and bonded to the prepared tooth. Dental crowns are highly durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
There are four basic types of dental crowns, each with its own pros and cons. Which one you receive depends on numerous factors, including your dentist’s recommendations, your budget, and your personal preferences.
Crafted from dental porcelain, ceramic crowns are extremely natural in appearance, as they match the translucency and sheen of natural teeth, and can be precisely color matched to your existing teeth. Ceramic crowns are especially preferred for the visible front teeth, but are strong enough to use throughout the mouth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Some dentists prefer the extra strength of porcelain fused to metal crowns for teeth that take a great deal of force from biting and chewing. As the name implies, these crowns are crafted from dental porcelain over a highly durable metal frame. These crowns are an excellent choice further back in the mouth, but are not the best solution for front teeth, as the metal structure can cause a slightly darkened line near the top of the tooth.
Gold alloy crowns create a unique aesthetic, and are sometimes requested for front teeth. Unless the patient specifically requests a gold alloy, though, these crowns are usually used on the back teeth, particularly in patients who tend to grind their teeth. Grinding damages dental porcelain, while the stronger gold alloy can stand up to the challenge.
Base Metal Alloys
Base metal alloy crowns are strong and highly resistant to corrosion, but they are not a popular choice due to their look. However, when a back tooth has very little remaining healthy structure, a base metal alloy crown may be the only alternative to extraction.
Your dentist will help you decide which type of crown is best for your unique situation. Regardless of which type of crown you receive, modern dentistry ensures that it will be comfortable, well fitted, and as aesthetic as it can be.
Call 862-247-8030 to schedule your appointment.