Cathy M. Andricsak, D.M.D. | Crowns in Toms River, NJ

 

Cathy M. Andricsak, D.M.D.  
418 Hooper Ave. 
Toms River, NJ 08753

(732) 244-3444

Crowns
 

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Cathy M. Andricsak, D.M.D. in Toms River, NJ NJ

Crowns

A crown is a dental restoration that covers or "caps" a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and functions. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown can:

  • restore a tooth when there isn't enough tooth remaing to provide support for a large filling.
  • attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
  • protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • restore a fractured tooth
  • cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
  • cover a dental implant

 

Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin or combinations of these materials may be used. Reliable strength and reasonable aesthetics have made metal-ceramic crowns the first choice for the past fifty years; however, due to improvements in materials and growing demands for aesthetic and metal free restorations, the use of all ceramic restorations is perferable.

The process to crown a tooth is done in two steps. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. The remaining filling is removed and replaced to serve as a foundation for the crown. An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. The dentist or laboratory technician (following the dentist's written instrtuctions), then uses the model to make the shape and size of the crown, to fit the prepared tooth.

A temporary crown is place while the final crown is being made. When the crown is ready, the dentist puts it in place and makes the necessary adjustments and inserts the crown.

 

 
 
 
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