If you crack, chip or otherwise damage a tooth, a dental crown can restore its shape and size and improve its appearance. At Nu Dimensions Dental in Union, New Jersey, expert dentist Joseph Rozehzadeh, DMD, and the team regularly restore their patients’ smiles using crowns. Make your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits snugly over a chipped, cracked or decaying tooth. Once placed, a crown covers the entire portion of your tooth that sits above the gum line, preventing microorganisms, food particles, and plaque from causing further problems.
The team at Nu Dimensions Dental regularly uses crowns to:
The team may also recommend a crown if you have misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
Getting a dental crown typically requires two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your damaged tooth. Next, your dentist takes a series of X-rays to check your tooth’s roots and the condition of your surrounding jawbone.
Before preparing your tooth to receive a crown, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your teeth and gums. Next, your dentist files down the tooth receiving the crown and uses paste or putty to take an impression. Your dentist sends the impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your permanent crowns. Before you leave, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider applies a temporary crown to your tooth and sends you home.
One to two weeks later, you return for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist removes your temporary crown and checks the fit and color of your permanent crown. If everything looks as it should, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and permanently cements your crown in place. The whole process usually takes no longer than 60 minutes.
Dental crowns are safe and well-tolerated. However, in the days after your dentist applies your permanent crown, you may experience some swelling and tenderness. In most cases, the discomfort subsides in 24-48 hours.
On average, dental crowns last between 5-15 years. If you brush and floss regularly and avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on ice, your crown may last even longer.
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of dental crowns? If so, call or use the online booking tool and make an appointment at Nu Dimensions Dental today.