Have damaged teeth? A dental crown may be the answer. A dental crown is a type of specialized dental hardware that are designed to cup damaged or remodeled teeth. They are usually made of metal or ceramic, and at least the uppermost surface and sides of the crown are shaped to mimic a natural tooth. They have a broad range of uses, and make an excellent tool in the ever expanding toolbox of a dentist.
Dental crowns are most commonly used to protect teeth after a root canal, or after the tooth has been damaged due to drilling or trauma. They serve as a cap to seal the interior of the tooth from the rest of the mouth. A dental crown is usually glued to the tooth with dental cements, which can be either resins, or acid base type cements.
Dental implants have become very popular, and a dental crown serves as the “natural tooth” half of an implant, the other half being made up of a socket that is embedded in the bone of the jaw. This combination makes for a tooth that is nearly indistinguishable from a natural tooth in form or function.
Crowns can be placed to correct problems that are purely cosmetic, but covering and correcting problems with shape, wear, and damage. Sedation dentistry can be used if pain or fear is an issue.
Another type of dental crown is part of a dental bridge. Dental bridges span gaps between teeth. Dental implants have made it possible to easily and sturdily bridge gaps that have only one side bordered by a natural tooth, or even gaps of more than three teeth. Anchor points are important for the stability and function of dental bridges. Once a sturdy framework of properly sculpted natural teeth and dental implants are in place, dental crowns become the tops of the anchor points, and all of the teeth that fill the gaps. This makes a dental bridge a much more functional and applicable tool.
Dental Crowns are custom made for each patient. They are carefully sculpted outside the mouth, details are altered for perfect fit, and the dentist then cements them into place. Molds, or “impressions” are made of the base of the natural tooth, and the crown is shaped over this mold. They are shaped so that they fit over the base, and also so that they properly abut the neighboring teeth. Their color, texture, and shape are all designed to match the natural teeth of the patient.
Monroe and East Brunswick have a state of the art option in a dentist. Dr. Nahel Yanni’s Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Office in East Brunswick provides state of the art dentistry in a convenient and compassionate dentistry environment. Patients in the area should call Dr. Yanni’s office to book an appointment for a consultation regarding a dental crown or similar dental application.