A Solution for Damaged Teeth
Dr. Stephen J. Malki offers a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including the placement of dental crowns, out of his New Jersey practice. Dental crowns are often used to restore strength in teeth that are chipped, severely worn down, or affected by cavities. With a number of cosmetic and functional benefits, dental crowns are an effective way to maintain the beauty and health of your smile.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental crowns, please contact Malki Dental today. Our dental practice is conveniently located in River Edge, and serves all Bergen County areas.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over individual teeth in order to mask structural imperfections or reinforce a damaged tooth. Patients with particularly large fillings may have crowns placed over their teeth to support the fillings. In addition, patients whose teeth have been cracked, chipped, or severely worn down can opt for dental crowns to restore strength and shape to the tooth. They may also be used in the placement of dental bridges. Dental crowns can be made up of metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. Dr. Malki will help patients decide which material is best suited for their specific needs. Dental crowns differ from veneers, inlays, and onlays because they encase the entire tooth, rather than just a portion of it.
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
The placement of dental crowns can be completed within the comfort of Dr. Malki’s New Jersey office. Because Dr. Malki employs the advanced technology of CEREC®, he is able to fit, craft, and place the crowns in one office visit, as opposed to two separate appointments. First, Dr. Malki examines the affected areas to make sure they are well suited for placement of a dental crown. This may include digital X-rays to determine the health of the tooth’s root and surrounding bone. Dr. Malki then preps the tooth that is receiving the crown by removing decay and a small bit of tooth structure to make room for the crown. He takes digital photos of the area to obtain a comprehensive view of the surrounding teeth and the jaw alignment. This information helps Dr. Malki create a crown that fits seamlessly into the patient’s mouth. Dr. Malki uses these photos, along with CEREC® software to design a custom, porcelain dental crown. Once the crown has been created, typically after about 15 minutes, Dr. Malki bonds the crown to the patient’s tooth.
If a patient is receiving a gold or metal crown, Dr. Malki can complete the procedure in two easy office visits. The procedure is relatively similar, except that the dental crowns are milled by an outside lab. In this case, Dr. Malki provides patients with a temporary restoration while the crown is being created.
What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a long-lasting, effective way to care for chipped, cracked, or worn teeth. The main benefit of dental crowns is that they restore strength and health to these damaged teeth. Patients whose teeth have been weakened may experience pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. In addition, broken teeth can have an adverse effect on alignment of the jaw, which can lead to bone deterioration or disorders like TMJ. Dental crowns eliminate all of these problems by creating a protective covering over a patient’s natural tooth. This preserves as much of the natural tooth as possible, and helps keep the jaw properly aligned. These coverings also ward off further infection in the compromised tooth. Finally, dental crowns have cosmetic benefits. Porcelain crowns mimic the color of natural teeth and can be used to create a seamless look. This is especially useful for treatment of the front teeth. These crowns can also be used on the back teeth and are less conspicuous than their metal counterparts. When followed up with routine dental care, crowns can last up to 15 years.
Get More Information about Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have a number of benefits for patients with damaged teeth. If you are interested in determining whether dental crowns are right for you, contact our New Jersey dental practice today. Malki Dental proudly serves patients throughout Bergen County.