Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown, or cap as they are often called may be recommended and prescribed. This may be the case when fillings or any other restoration technique will not support or protect the tooth and structure.

There are several types of crowns, such as gold and silver, but the most popular by far are made of porcelain because they look like your real teeth. They are crafted to match the color, size and shape of the tooth it is overtaking, providing you with a natural and durable solution. Your smile will thank you.

Did you know that Hollywood actors would have their teeth capped to make them appear whiter? It’s true; back in the ‘40’s and 50’s, natural teeth appeared cloudy grey even in black and white films. Teeth whitening had yet to make its appearance at that time.

The Process

Placing a crown typically requires more than one appointment. Initially a series of impressions are made to be used to craft your new crown. These molds must be precise, thus the multiple impressions. Another reason for several impressions is that a temporary crown will be crafted so that you not have bite problem while the permanent crown is crafted. This will take approximately two weeks from the date the impressions are handed off to the dental laboratory.

We will numb the affected tooth (teeth) with a dental anesthetic and prepare the tooth. Any decay will be removed, so that the tooth can be then shaped to accommodate your temporary crown, placing it with a temporary adhesive cement. This will remain until the permanent crown is available for placement in two to three weeks.

Once your permanent crown has been delivered from the laboratory, your appointment will consist of the removal of the temporary crown, ensuring proper bite and spacing. A thin film is placed on the bite portion of the tooth and by softly biting down it can be determined if the height and fit of the new crown are set correctly. Should you experience any discomfort after the crown is placed, please contact our offices immediately so that we may be able to make the necessary adjustments.

Reasons for crowns are:

  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Overly large visible fillings
  • Fractured fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal (causing it to darken)

As in all dental appointments, we will provide you with care instructions. Be sure to follow good oral hygiene habits as you would otherwise. Proper diet, brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups will keep your Hollywood smile for many, many years.

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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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