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Dental Crowns Florham Park
Are you struggling with dental decay or worn enamel? If so, your dentist in Florham Park can speak with you about the benefits of dental crowns. Dr. Yusun Gohard recommends dental crowns for patients with a wide range of dental concerns, as these appliances can provide you with the confidence you deserve, and a bright, healthy smile. Of course, chances are good you are not particularly familiar with how dental crowns work, how they compare to other options, or even what they are. We will explore this topic below.
What You Need to Know: Dental Crowns
Before going too much further, we should define exactly what dental crowns are. Really, you can think of a crown as a “cap” that fits over a tooth. This cap or shell is made from a hard, permanent material that can hold up to years of use.
You will find that there are several different types of crowns available, each with its own unique purpose. Crowns can be made of porcelain, of ceramic, of resin, and even of stainless steel. Metal crowns are generally reserved for bridge anchors that will not be visible at the front of your mouth. Most cosmetic crowns are made from either porcelain or ceramic, as these can be colored to match your teeth and are much less visible.
Deciding on the right type of dental crown will require a bit of guidance. Dr. Gohard will be happy to discuss each option with you, how they work, and what you can expect in terms of longevity, functionality and visibility.
Dental crowns can be fitted for a number of different purposes. One of the most common is to work as the anchor point for a bridge. Depending on the type of bridge, you may have one crown or two. Crowns can also be fitted to help protect a tooth that has experienced significant damage and works as a cover to prevent further damage and deterioration. Finally, crowns can be used to cover teeth that are significantly stained or discolored when teeth whitening will not work and when veneers are not the right solution.
How Do Dental Crowns Compare to Other Options?
There are other options available for protecting your teeth than crowns. For instance, you might prefer to use dental veneers. However, these are really only a good option if you have multiple discolored teeth as veneers are designed to cover more than one tooth. You might also benefit from dental bonding, although this solution does not last as long as dental crowns.
With all that being said, if you need a bridge, then crowns may be the only choice. Dr. Gohard can help explain each option, and whether or not it might be a good solution for your particular oral health needs. She will then help you chart a course toward a healthier, happier mouth and a brighter, bolder smile.
Are Dental Crowns Right for You?
Are dental crowns the best option for your particular needs? Unfortunately, the answer is “maybe”. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here. The best option is to call our Florham Park office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gohard. She will provide a full assessment of your mouth, and speak with you about your goals. Based on this information, she will be able to determine if dental crowns are the right solution for your needs, or if there is another option that would be better suited to help you reach your goals.
How Are Dental Crowns Fitted?
Fitting dental crowns is actually a relatively simple, short process. However, you will most likely need to go through two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Gohard will examine your tooth or teeth to make sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. She will then file down the tooth to prepare it to accept the crown. Of course, if there is existing damage to the tooth, Dr. Gohard may need to fill it prior to installing the crown.
Once she has achieved the right shape by filing or filling your tooth, Dr. Gohard will take an impression of the tooth and those nearby. This impression will be used to create the crown, ensuring a perfect fit and easy installation. The impression is sent to a lab where the crown will be made. Dr. Gohard will install a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it until the final version is ready.
The second appointment will involve double-checking that the tooth is adequately prepared, and then installing the crown itself. A special, permanent type of adhesive is used to attach the crown, which makes sure it holds properly.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Technically, dental crowns are permanent solutions. However, that does not mean they will last forever. Ultimately, your crown should last for a minimum of 10-15 years. In many cases, they will last much longer than this. However, the most important consideration here is that you properly care for and clean your dental crowns.
How to Clean Dental Crowns
Proper cleaning of your dental crown is essential to its longevity. You should brush and floss normally (at least twice per day), and you should keep your regular checkups with Dr. Gohard so that she can inspect your teeth and the crown to ensure that it is in good condition. It is also important that you avoid using your teeth as tools – do not use them to pry, pull, cut, or otherwise manipulate anything. You should also avoid chewing ice.
Call Today To Schedule An Appointment
If you are ready for a permanent solution to tooth decay or discoloration, we invite you to call our Florham Park office today at 973-377-2222 and set an appointment with Dr. Gohard. She will be happy to discuss crowns, as well as other options available to you.