Diseased and damaged teeth can be painful when you chew and bite. And if they’re chipped or broken, they can cause you to be self-conscious with your smile. But here at our Millville and Voorhees practices, Dr. Fuming Li is determined to restore broken teeth with beautiful new dental crowns to have you smiling bright and healthy again.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are artificial teeth that act like caps. They fit over an existing tooth to cover up unsightly flaws and provide additional strength that may have been lost when the tooth was damaged. At Dental Group of Millville and Advanced Family Dental of South Jersey, we use highly quality materials to give patients the most natural looking restoration possible. While most of our crowns are constructed from porcelain, but they can be made of gold, acrylic resin, or amalgam (silver).
Porcelain crowns generally have the most realistic appearance, and although they aren’t as durable as other options, most of our patients find that porcelain crowns suit their restoration needs.
Do I Need A Dental Crown?
There are 2 primary reasons that patients get crowns on their teeth:
1. Cosmetic Overhaul
- Damaged Teeth: You can cover a chipped, cracked or decayed tooth with a crown to revive the look of your smile.
- Stained Teeth: Stains and discolorations that won’t go away with traditional whitening treatments can be masked with crowns.
- Weakened Teeth: If your enamel has been weakened due to acid corrosion or damage, a dental crown can add a layer of protection to your tooth to ensure that no further damage ensues.
- Heavily Filled Teeth: If one of your teeth needs a large filling or has been filled multiple times, its overall structure will be weaker. Dental crowns work to provide extra strength to compromised teeth.
- Root Canal Treatment: Your teeth become weaker and brittle following root canal treatment. Dental crowns can protect them and restore their strength.
The Dental Crown Process
Getting your dental crown placed is relatively simple and usually requires only 2 visits.
Visit 1 – Examining and Preparing the Tooth
At your initial visit, you may need x-rays so that your dentist can check the roots and surrounding bone of your tooth. If the tooth has extensive decay or is at risk of infection, you may need a root canal prior to receiving your crown.
Before Dr. Li begins making your crown, he will numb the tooth and neighboring gum tissue. He will then file your tooth down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. After reshaping, he will make an impression of your tooth and then send the impressions to the lab.
Dr. Fuming Li will place a temporary acrylic crown on your tooth and send you home until your permanent crown is ready.
Visit 2 – Crown Placement
At the second visit, Dr. Fuming Li will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of your new permanent one. If everything is correct, he will numb your tooth with local anesthetic and permanently cement your crown in place.
Is A Dental Crown Right For Me?
Are you unsure if a dental crown is what you need? Call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Li at his practices in Millville or Voorhees. During your visit, we’ll evaluate your smile and uncover which treatments would work best to achieve your dream smile.