Becoming your tooth’s new outer surface, a dental crown is a type of dental restoration used by our Bogota family dentist for a variety of reasons. A dental crown may be needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, restore a tooth that is already broken, support and cover a tooth with a large filling when there is not much tooth left, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover a tooth that has had a root canal. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over your tooth, restoring its shape, strength, and size, while improving its appearance. Completely cupping over your tooth, the dental crown is permanently cemented into place. In addition to functioning like any natural tooth, it should also be cared for the same, as well.
Because of the way it’s constructed, a dental crown offers a big advantage over a dental filling. Using molds of your teeth, crowns are made in a dental lab by a dental technician. Dental fillings are built right in your mouth by placing the filling material directly on to your tooth. This method may not get you the ideal tooth shape, or feel, as you would with a crown. Dental crowns are made of either all porcelain, porcelain baked on to metal, or one of the many new ceramic materials that have been developed. Porcelain is a material that best matches the color of your natural teeth and our Bogota family dentist combines an artistic eye with technical expertise to give you your perfect smile.
The more traditional method to prepare a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to our Bogota family dentist. At the first visit, we may take a few X-rays to check the roots of your tooth and surrounding bone. Before the process of making a crown begins, we will numb your tooth, before filing it down to make room for your dental crown. After reshaping your tooth, our dentist will use a putty or paste to make an impression of the tooth that is receiving the crown. Usually made of acrylic, a temporary crown is then made to cover and protect your tooth while the crown is being made. At the second visit to Teaneck Dentist, the temporary crown is removed, and your permanent crown will be checked for fit and color. If everything looks and fits perfectly, a local anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth before your beautiful, new crown is permanently cemented in place.