Dental crowns offer an excellent way to repair damaged teeth or improve the appearance of your smile. Edison, NJ, family dentists Drs. Saul and David Frechtman of Frechtman Family Dental of Edison share some information on crowns and explain how you can benefit from these versatile restorations.
What are crowns?
Crowns, also called caps, cover your teeth on all four sides. Their hollow design allows them to easily slip over your teeth after the teeth have been shaped and reduced in size. Crowns are usually made of materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain, ceramic, resin and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Crowns prevent dental disasters
It's an awful feeling to bite into a sandwich and realize that a tooth has broken or crumbled. Although your teeth are normally very strong, they can weaken if you have a crack, received a root canal or have a very large filling. Fragile or brittle teeth can also be inherited or may become a problem as you grow older.
Adding a crown to an at-risk tooth prevents your tooth from breaking or falling apart. Once the crown is in place, it absorbs the strong biting forces you produce when you chew, which protects the tooth underneath.
Fractured teeth are easily restored with crowns
Crowns not only protect fragile teeth, but also restore teeth that have already broken. Fractured teeth affect your appearance and make chewing an unpleasant or difficult experience. Before you receive your crown, we'll make a mold of your teeth in our Edison office to ensure that your new crown looks right at home in your mouth. You'll go home with a temporary crown and return to the office in about two weeks to receive your permanent crown. After it's in place, you'll be able to chew normally, and no one will suspect that your tooth was ever damaged.
Crowns offer cosmetic benefits
Do you have a tooth that doesn't quite blend in with the rest of your smile? The problem isn't uncommon. Fortunately, it can be corrected by topping the tooth with a crown. Crowns are often used to improve the appearance of crooked, twisted, pointed, discolored, bumpy or short teeth.
Could your smile benefit from a crown? Call Edison, NJ, family dentists Drs. Saul and David Frechtman of Frechtman Family Dental of Edison at (732) 548-8600 to schedule your appointment.