While the crack in your tooth may be hard to see, if you can feel it…it means it’s time to have your dentist review the damage. Not attending to such symptoms can result in infection because bacteria can travel deep within the tooth, cause the death of the tooth’s pulp and – possibly – split in two. None of these are good scenarios.
And the best part? There are a variety of crowns you can choose from that provide both strength and cosmetic appeal, allowing you to show off a smile where all teeth match, and that no one will ever know you had fixed.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. Your new permanent crown will be shaped and shaded especially to your teeth in color and fit. The temporary crown is made to serve you temporarily, so its color and fit are not custom-matched to your teeth.
At your second appointment your 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. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown. Mealtime should be an enjoyable event – not one filled with discomfort and pain. Call today to arrange for a free consultation or ask your Tenafly dentist or hygienist during your next preventative visit how we might be able to help.