Restore Your Smile with a Dental Crown
A dental crown can restore the shape, size, and function of a tooth compromised by damage or decay. It can also replace a missing tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. At our Hackensack, NJ, practice, Dr. Judith Mamah offers both traditional and implant-supported crowns to meet your unique needs. For your convenience, she can perform all stages of implant treatment in-office. Dr. Mamah works with a trusted dental laboratory to to design and fabricate each crown for the most lifelike results.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown completely covers the visible portion of a damaged tooth for added strength and protection. Though primarily a restorative solution, a crown can also be used to address cosmetic concerns. Dr. Mamah may recommend a dental crown if you have:
- A cracked tooth
- A cavity that is too large for a filling
- Undergone root canal therapy
- A weakened tooth
- A worn tooth, especially if it affects your bite
- An unusually shaped or sized tooth
- Deep internal discoloration that cannot be treated with teeth whitening
Crowns also support dental bridges and they restore dental implants.
Designing and Placing Your Restoration
Before placing a crown, Dr. Mamah will first need to reshape the tooth to ensure the crown fits comfortably in your bite. After administering local anesthesia, she can remove any compromised tissue as well as a small layer of enamel. Dr. Mamah can then take a series of impressions, which will serve as a detailed guide during fabrication.
Many of our patients choose all-porcelain restorations, which mimic the sheen and translucency of natural enamel.
Our team will send your impressions to a trusted lab, where skilled technicians will design a crown that matches the shape and shade of neighboring teeth. You have several materials to choose from based upon your personal preferences, budget, and dental needs. Many of our patients choose all-porcelain restorations, which mimic the sheen and translucency of natural enamel.
Typically, it takes about two weeks to craft your crown. In the meantime, we may provide you with a temporary restoration to protect you from sensitivity. When your permanent crown is complete. Dr. Mamah can check its fit and make any modifications as needed before securing the crown in place with special dental cement.
If you are receiving an implant-supported crown, you will first have to undergo dental implant surgery. As a member of the International College of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Mamah can perform this procedure with remarkable precision and efficiency. Healing typically takes about three to six months, after which you can return to the office to receive your custom crown. Similar to traditional restorations, implant-supported crowns will also be manufactured at a local lab. These will boast the same natural color and sparkle, and fit securely against your gums.
Maintaining Your New Restoration
Our dental crowns are durable and can last for decades with proper care. Good hygiene will not only extend the lifespan of your restoration but also help to protect the tooth beneath the crown, preventing decay and gum disease. It is essential to brush and floss daily. You should also use mouthwash and reduce your consumption of simple carbohydrates, which are the main energy source for bacteria. Finally, be sure to schedule your biannual cleanings and exams. At these visits, your hygienist can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, and Dr. Mamah can identify signs of cavities.
Contact Designing Smiles Today
If you have a cracked, chipped, or otherwise compromised tooth, a crown from Dr. Mamah can renew your smile. Contact our office online to learn more about our restorative services or to schedule an appointment. You can also reach our office by phone at (201) 343-4302.