Dental Crowns in NJ

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If a tooth has more extensive decay, a dental crown may be the ideal aesthetic and functional restorative solution.

In general, dental crowns candidates are individuals who have extensive tooth decay/damage, but sufficient remaining tooth structure in order to support the porcelain restoration. Dental crowns may also be placed during a smile makeover procedure. Individuals who are missing a tooth or do not have adequate remaining tooth structure should consider another solution.

Dr. Champagne and the rest of the Champagne Smiles team realize that customizing crowns is one of the most important aspects for a successful porcelain crown procedure. They work meticulously to create crowns that look as natural as possible and blend seamlessly with patients’ natural teeth, for an overall stunning smile.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?

Because of the high-quality materials from which they are crafted, crowns are incredibly strong and durable. They can last for many years with the proper care. They are also very attractive and are customized to blend in with the patient’s surrounding teeth.

How Are Crowns Placed?

Receiving porcelain crowns at Champagne Smiles begins with a consultation to evaluate the extent of damage to the teeth and to create a personalized approach to treating the patient’s unique needs. A mold impression of the teeth is taken, which is later used to create customized porcelain crowns in Champagne Smiles’ state-of-the-art dental laboratory.

After the crowns have been fabricated, the patient returns for the application. During the procedure, Champagne Smiles dentists gently apply the crowns using a strong adhesive. Champagne Smiles offers two of the most advanced porcelain crowns available: Lava and IPS Empress crowns.

Lava crowns are metal-free restorations that use sophisticated CAD/CAM technologies to offer durability, comfort and fit. Unlike other crowns, Lava crowns have a zirconia framework that can be customized to match the specific color of a patient’s teeth. In addition, these crowns feature low thermal conductivity, which reduces the risk of tooth sensitivity.

Champagne Smiles also offers IPS Empress crowns. These products have a track record of more than 15 years of patient satisfaction. IPS Empress crowns are some of the strongest crowns available, and offer an excellent fit and natural-looking results.

During the initial consultation, the Champagne Smiles dentists will explain the two types of crowns they offer in more detail, and will help patients determine which crown is best for their individual needs.

Gold Alloys

These may be used when more strength is needed, particularly for patients who grind their teeth at night.

Base Metal Alloys

These are strong and corrosion-resistant and are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support the crown restoration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

Preparing the decayed tooth for crown placement generally requires your dentist to numb the area, so that you do not feel pain. When you have your permanent crown placed, there is typically no pain, but if you have tooth sensitivity, your dentist may numb the area being treated.

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

The process of having the crown placed on your tooth often takes less than an hour. The crown may need to be slightly adjusted for the best fit. Your dentist will make sure that it fits snugly, and allows for a natural bite, bite before bonding it to the tooth.

What is recovery like after getting a crown?

There is no recovery period necessary. You may feel a bit of tenderness or pressure when any anesthesia wears off, but you won’t need to take time off from work or school.

Will people know I have a crown?

Unless you tell people, they won’t likely know that you have a porcelain crown. Each crown is customized to match your original tooth shape, size, and color.

Are there certain foods I should avoid if I have a crown on a tooth?

Porcelain crowns are durable, but there are some foods you should avoid. Extremely sticky foods such as taffy and caramel can pull a crown off. You should also avoid chewing on hard candies and ice as they can chip a porcelain crown.

How long will a dental crown last?

With excellent care, dental crowns may last more than 25 years.  On average though, they will need to be replaced within 5-15 years.

Do dental crowns require special care?

Dental crowns should be treated like natural teeth. Brush twice daily, floss daily, and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings every six months.

Will insurance cover a dental crown?

Your insurance will typically cover at least part of the cost of a crown needed to treat a decayed tooth. If you’re planning to get a crown for cosmetic reasons, insurance may not cover it. Always check with your insurance provider.