Custom Dental Crowns in Morristown, NJ
A dental crown is designed to cover the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its natural shape and size. Crowns act as an extra layer of support for a damaged or broken tooth. While there are many types of crowns available, porcelain crowns are among the most durable and natural looking materials for patients to choose from. With proper care, a porcelain dental crown can last many years.
Morristown dentist Dr. Victor Gittleman offers a complete range of cosmetic and restorative treatments for patients with damaged teeth, including dental crowns. As a skilled dentist, Dr. Gittleman can shape, size, and color match your dental crown to blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
Who Should Consider A Dental Crown?
Patients may require a dental crown for one or more of the following reasons:
- To correct a misshapen tooth
- Address cracked, weakened, or damaged tooth
- To stabilize a tooth after a root canal procedure
- To support a dental bridge
- Cover a stained or discolored tooth
- To restore a dental implant
- Fill a cavity that is too large for a traditional dental filling
Inlays And Onlays
When damage to the tooth is not extensive enough for a dental crown or minimal enough for a dental filling, an onlay and inlay may be used to restore a damaged tooth.
Inlays: Inlays are an ideal alternative to dental fillings. They are considered a more conservative solution than dental crowns because they require less removal of the natural tooth structure.
Onlays: Onlays are sometimes referred to as a partial crown. Onlays are typically used to repair teeth that are in need of large dental filling or have extensive damage. They require less removal of the natural tooth structure than dental crowns. Onlays are used when two or more of the chewing cusps are affected.
What Does Getting A Dental Crown Involve?
Typically, the complete dental crown process requires at least two appointments to our Morristown, NJ dentist office. During the first appointment, Dr. Gittleman will skillfully prepare the tooth that will receive a custom dental crown. This usually involves removing a small amount of the surface structure and cleaning the tooth to ensure the crown can fit comfortably and securely over the affected tooth.
After the tooth is prepared, digital impressions of your teeth are taken and used to create your custom dental crown. During the fabrication of your custom dental crown, a temporary dental is placed over your tooth for added protection and comfort.
At the final visit, Dr. Gittleman will remove the temporary crown, place your new custom crown, make any necessary adjustments, and carefully secure the crown into place using a special adhesive. The surface of the crown is gently polished to reveal a natural shine.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Are there any dietary restrictions with a permanent crown?
Not really. You can pretty much eat any food with a permanent dental crown. You should treat it as if it was a natural tooth, and avoid chewing ice with it or using your teeth to open things. Unlike dental bridges, you don’t have to avoid eating very sticky foods.
How can you tell if you have a cracked tooth or cavity under a crown?
Dental crowns do a great job in protecting your restored tooth, but they are not perfect. Cracks can happen under a crown if your tooth gets damaged from a hit to the mouth. Dental cavities under crowns are rare. They can form if the previous cavity was not filled properly. Bad oral hygiene can also exacerbate cavity formation.
Does a dental crown feel any different from a normal tooth?
No. Once placed and permanently secured, you will not be able to tell that you have a dental crown. Most patients forget they have a tooth restored with a crown after a period of time. If you feel discomfort or something off. it’s best to contact your dentist for an evaluation in case something is not right.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Morristown, NJ
Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry welcomes patients of all ages to receive the dental care they need. Dr. Gittleman is a trusted and respected dentist with over three decades of experience crafting beautiful smile.
If you would like to explore your treatment options or determine if a dental crown is right for you, visit our Morristown dentist office. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 287-3337 or request an appointment online.