Dr. Ira Goldberg provides dental crowns in Succasunna, NJ. The primary reason for a crown is to restore a broken, chipped, misshapen, or damaged tooth. When more than 50% to 75% of the tooth is damaged, a crown is needed. A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown is often used for teeth that have been broken or severely worn down. Crowns are a dental restoration that is made of many different materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of porcelain and metal.
The dental crown is made of porcelain, metal, or plastic material. Porcelain is the strongest and most durable of the three materials. It can last up to 15 years with proper care. The metal dental crowns are typically made of stainless steel or gold alloys, which are more expensive but can last up to 10 years with proper care. Plastic-based dental crowns are the least expensive option but they may only last one year without damage if not cared for properly.
The Dental Crown Procedure
To begin treatment, Dr. Goldberg will remove a bit of the tooth’s structure to ensure that the dental crown will fit securely. Then, he will take a dental mold of the tooth. Your impression will be sent to a laboratory for 2 to 3 weeks. At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns below.
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper dental care, dental crowns can last up to 30 years. Be sure to keep a good daily routine oral hygiene and schedule regular dental care to guarantee long-lasting crowns.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Patients that still have the tooth root intact can receive dental crowns. If you have missing teeth you may also receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges that can be capped off with dental crowns. Treatment may be needed for patients with tooth decay, but they can receive dental crowns after the infection is removed.
Is it painful to receive dental crowns?
No. Dr. Ahlbrecht uses a local anesthetic to numb the treated area, so the procedure should not be painful. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but this should subside and can usually be managed with an over-the-counter pain medication.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can come loose as a result of tooth damage or decay. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, contact our Indianapolis dentist office right away. We will schedule an appointment for you to be seen by one of our dentists.
How long does it take for a dental crown to settle in?
For most patients it takes a couple of days to a week to adjust to having a new crown. It is normal for your crown to feel uncomfortable or out of place for the first few days after it is placed.
How soon can I eat after a crown is placed?
After a crown is placed patients must wait at least one hour before eating or drinking. This ensures that the cement used to place the crown has hardened fully. Patients should avoid hard and sticky foods at first, to give themselves time to adjust to their new crown.
Request an Appointment
Call 973-298-5893 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg online. Dr. Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, NJ that helps patients receive comfortable and comprehensive care.