Evaluating Your Candidacy for Dental Crowns
In your lifetime, you may experience a variety of oral health concerns including broken, decayed, or cracked teeth. These are all common reasons why many patients need dental crowns. Dental crowns can restore teeth damaged by trauma, decay, and other afflictions without the need for a tooth extraction. During your dental exam, Dr. Stephen J. Malki will assess the condition of your smile and decide whether dental crowns are the best treatment option. For your convenience, we can also perform prerequisite procedures such as gum disease treatment at our office serving Bergen County, NJ, and the surrounding areas.
Do I Need a Crown?
Dental crowns are customized single-tooth restorations that completely encircle a structurally-compromised tooth to restore its function, strength, and appearance. They are a versatile restorative option and can be used to treat a wide array of dental issues. You may be a good candidate for dental crowns if you suffer from:
- Broken or cracked teeth: If left untreated, fractured teeth can affect your bite and impair your ability to eat. Customized dental crowns placed over broken teeth can protect them from further damage and rehabilitate your bite.
- Root canal therapy: Root canal therapy involves removing infected pulp in a tooth’s inner chamber and root canal. This procedure reduces the strength of the tooth, but placing a dental crown over the tooth can improve its function.
- Dental decay: Dental crowns may be used to restore teeth that have endured extensive decay that has not penetrated into the roots.
- Large dental fillings: Large dental fillings can make the treated tooth vulnerable to fracture. Replacing the filling with a dental crown as the primary means of restoration reduces the possibility of breakage during everyday activities like eating.
- Missing teeth: A dental crown can be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. This method of tooth replacement is preferred over a traditional bridge since it does not require altering the adjacent teeth. Dr. Malki can also extract a tooth and replace it with an implant-supported crown if the tooth is too damaged to be salvaged.
- Cosmetic concerns: Dental crowns can also serve aesthetic purposes. In completely concealing a tooth, a dental crown can hide cosmetic imperfections such as malformed or misshapen teeth.
In some cases, Dr. Malki may recommend an inlay or onlay instead of a dental crown if your condition is still considered mild or moderate.
What Is the First Step in Receiving a Crown?
The first step in receiving a crown is coming to our practice for a consultation with Dr. Malki. During your appointment, he will assess your oral health and review the extent of damage to your tooth. Based on this visual exam and images taken of your smile, he can advise on the best way forward in restoring your tooth.
He may determine that some patients need certain procedures before receiving their crown, including:
- A professional cleaning
- Gum disease treatment
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extraction
Our team can perform most of these treatments in-office so that you do not have to worry about scheduling multiple appointments with various specialists in preparation for crowns.
Start Restoring Your Smile Today
The only way to determine whether a dental crown is the best treatment option for your case is to visit our practice. We have an on-site CEREC® unit, which means we can complete your dental crown treatment in one appointment in many cases. To schedule an appointment at Malki Dental, contact us online or call us at (201) 646-0800.