Crowns (Caps)

Crowns, or caps as they are more commonly referred to are coverings over the entire tooth surface for protection. It is designed to fully encase the tooth in its shape and size for proper alignment and fit. Providing strength and function, a crown/cap may be the type of restoration required to answer your oral health needs. We’ll discuss this fully with you prior to any work performed so that you fully understand the reasons for this type of restoration over another.

There are different types of crowns, and porcelain crowns are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth in shape and color. There are gold crowns as well, but with the rising price of gold, more treatments are performed with porcelain because of cost concerns from insurance carriers and individuals alike. Of course you may have seen “specialized cosmetic” crowns/caps on certain celebrities, but that is not the norm.

Crowns or caps are meant to last for many years, but may one day require replacement. Wear, discoloration, becoming loosened from its foundation are all reasons for possible future restoration becoming necessary.

Why you might require a crown(cap)

  • Overly large fillings
  • Fractured fillings
  • Fractured teeth
  • Decay
  • Tooth has a root canal
  • Cosmetics

Procedure

This type of procedure will require multiple, concurrent appointments. There may be as many as two, possibly three appointments to fully prepare, fit and finalize the placement of your new crown.

First, we’ll make several precision impressions (molds) of your mouth, assuring they are highly accurate. From them a custom crown will be crafted in our laboratory. We’ll also use a mold to craft a temporary crown to function until our permanent crown is ready. This may take two to three weeks depending on volume.

We will numb the affected tooth, remove any decay that may be present, and shape the surface of the tooth so that your temporary crown fits properly. The dentist will use a temporary cementing agent that should last until your permanent crown comes back from the dental lab. Once firmly fitted, the dentist will check and double-check alignment and proper bite. Occasionally, however infrequently, a revisit to our offices to refit if there is any lasting sensitivity or bite pain.

At your final appointment your temporary crown will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the permanent crown placement. As before, the proper fit, alignment and bite will be checked and double-checked so as to ensure proper fit and absence of any discomfort. Should lasting discomfort or bite pain occur, an immediate revisit should be secured. We want to make certain your fit is correct, and that your smile is fully restored.

As in all dental procedures and office visits, proper care and instructions to maintain your new smile will be reviewed with you.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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