Teeth are meant to last a long time. Unfortunately, over time, with exposure to stresses, acids, or decay they may break. If they fracture above the gumline, they can usually be saved with a crown. If they break into the root, or deeper below the bone level, we may not e able to grab enough support to bond anything to the tooth and it may need an implant or root canal to save it.
A crown is a method to protect the tooth from letting larger fractures split a tooth in half. A small amount is shaved off the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the cap to fit over the remaining tooth. By the time we take out the decay and unsupported tooth structure, we will do our best to protect the tooth with the crown.
If a tooth has had a root canal therapy done, often, it will make the tooth weaker in the middle of the tooth, leaving only a thin shell of a tooth left. A crown will protect the sides of the tooth from breaking off.
Crowns can also be used to cover badly discolored teeth, or close gaps or change the shape of a tooth to match the bite better.
A crown is the top part of the tooth. If a tooth is extracted (removed) and an implant is placed, it will also need a crown on top of the implant post.
In the past, crowns were made from gold, the porcelain bonded to gold materials. Now, the most common types of crowns used are zirconia crowns. These crowns are strong and they are more esthetic than in the past.
Our office also uses the CEREC machine to create beautiful in-office crowns the same day! Using digital technology, we scan the tooth and virtually create the crown with advanced software. It mills the crowns right there in our office from solid blocks of porcelain. These crowns are as strong as the lab made crowns because of the way they are fabricated. They can be bonded to your tooth just like lab crowns and you don’t have any “down time” with a temporary crown.
If you need a crown and live in the Spring Lakes Heights, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Belmar, Neptune City, Bradley Beach, Brick Township and Wall Township areas you can trust your oral health to Dr Avi Israeli at Sage Dental and Sage Spa. His dedication to helping his patients receive the dentistry that they need is evident in the number of patients that endorse him for this service! As we are rapidly growing, we are currently accepting NEW PATIENTS!
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