If you have a broken or decayed tooth, it is important to correct the problem as soon as possible. Allowing your tooth to remain broken or damaged will only promote decay at an accelerated rate. Dumont and Oradell area cosmetic dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter can perform a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your tooth to a healthy state. The easiest way to replace a badly broken or damaged tooth is by applying a tooth crown.
Protecting Your Tooth
Tooth crowns are dental fixtures that surround the remaining portion of your tooth to protect it from further decay and prevent damage to the root. Unlike porcelain veneers, tooth crowns completely surround the exposed portion of the tooth, sealing it from moisture and harmful bacteria. As long as you maintain good gum health, your tooth crown could protect your tooth for the rest of your life.
Creating Your Tooth Crown
If your tooth is damaged, Dr. Perlmutter will first examine it and remove any unhealthy portion. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Perlmutter will take an impression of the tooth which will be sent to a specialized dental lab. Your porcelain dental crown is created based on this impression.
Once your tooth crown is received back from the lab, Dr. Perlmutter will test the fit before adhering the crown to your tooth using dental fixative. The tint will be adjusted to match your surrounding teeth so that others will not even know you have received a dental restoration.
Tooth Crown Options
Although back teeth are the most common recipients of crowns, they are often used to cover dental implant restorations as well. A crown can also be an excellent option to fix a front tooth which has suffered too much damage to be repaired by tooth bonding or porcelain veneers. Dr. Perlmutter will recommend the appropriate restoration to protect your tooth and provide lasting results.
For more information about tooth crowns, please see Questions About Your Dental Crown.
Please contact our cosmetic dentist today to schedule your dental crown appointment at Oradell Family Dental, serving patients from Oradell, Dumont, Bergenfield and the Bergen County areas of New Jersey.