A crown (or cap) is a dental restoration that completely encloses the natural tooth in order to restore it to an ideal shape and size. Crowns will lend strength and protection to weaker teeth. Our dentists may recommend a crown for one or more of the following reasons:
- To restore a broken or fractured tooth
- To complete a dental implant
- To improve the aesthetics of a tooth
- To protect a root canal treated tooth
- To repair a tooth with decay
- To replace a large and/or fractured filling
Crowns are typically placed over the course of two appointments at Paramus Dental and Implant Center. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is made, and a temporary restoration will be placed. Over the next several weeks, your custom crown will be created at a dental laboratory using the impression taken by our dentist.
A few weeks later, you will visit our office once again to receive your final crown. After removing the temporary restoration, the dentist will carefully and precisely place your final crown, which is often made of porcelain for the most aesthetically pleasing results. When in place, your final crown will restore function and beauty to your smile.
For more information on dental crowns or any of our procedures, please call or visit our office today. We are conveniently located for those in Rochelle Park, Ridgewood, and the surrounding areas in New Jersey.
After the dentist has permanently placed your crown, avoid eating on the tooth for at least 24 hours. This allows the cement to completely harden and bond, giving you a more secure restoration. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity for a few days to a few weeks after the procedure. You can try rinsing with a warm salt water mix or take some Advil or Tylenol to ease any discomfort. If you notice any problems with your bite, let us know. Remember to continue to practice good oral hygiene at home to assist in the life of your crown. If you have any questions or concerns about your crown, please don’t hesitate to call us today.