A dental crown essentially replaces or restores the enamel layer of a tooth with material like cerarmic. There are several different reasons why Foster Dental might recommend having a tooth restored with a crown.
Crowns are commonly used to restore a tooth that has suffered from advanced tooth decay and lacks sufficient enamel to hold a filling in securely in place. Deep fractures and shallow cracks can compromise a tooth or increase the risk of significant tooth decay. In yet other instances a tooth in your smile might be chipped, or deeply stained and Foster Dental can restore its appearance with a dental crown.
Restoring a tooth with a crown requires two separate appointments. The process begins with Foster Dental examining the tooth, to assess the extent of the damage and make sure the dentin layer and root are healthy. If we find that any damage or decay extends beyond the enamel layer, we might need to first perform a root canal.
Then your Foster Dental dentist will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer, leaving just enough to surround the dentin layer of the tooth. This is called an abutment, later it will anchor your new crown. They will then take an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it.
Once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown, Foster Dental will call you in for a brief second appointment. They will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth that you think might need a crown, please call Foster Dental at 718-673-8060 to schedule an appointment.