Dental crowns are common. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns covering their teeth. Priti Dagli, DDS, at Plainsboro Dental Services is a highly trained professional who can assess your crown options. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or crown repair. Plainsboro Dental Services is conveniently located in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.
Dr. Dagli at Plainsboro Dental Services may suggest a crown for a variety of reasons. A crown can cover a damaged or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.
In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.
Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.
There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:
The choice of material depends on multiple factors. For example, acrylic or stainless steel are typically the go-to materials for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.
Metal crowns are strong and able to tolerate the force of chewing and eating, but due to their color, they're usually reserved for use on back molars.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For example, the opposing teeth may suffer more wear and tear than they would with other types of crowns. The metal portion of the crown might also be visible as a dark line near the gums.
All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.
While getting a crown typically takes a minimum of two office visits at other dentists, Plainsboro Dental Services offers same day crowns courtesy of innovative E4D technology. Similar to the CEREC® crowns, the revolutionary E4D system contains a state-of-the-art digital scanner, virtual design center, and a milling unit. Dr. Dagli uses the machine to produce strong restorations in under an hour.
To place your crown, Dr. Dagli administers anesthesia, then files down or build up the tooth so that the crown can be attached properly. She uses a special adhesive to bond the crown to your tooth. The simple, same day procedure improves efficiency and eliminates the need for multiple visits and wearing temporary crowns while an outside dental lab makes your permanent crown.
If you think you may need a crown or would like to discuss your dental needs, contact Dr. Dagli at Plainsboro Dental Services or schedule an appointment online.