Empire Dental Group of New Jersey
Alla Pavlushkin, DDS
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Old Bridge, NJ
If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, dental crowns can prevent further damage, limit pain, and restore your smile. At Empire Dental Group of New Jersey, Alla Pavlushkin, DDS, and the team offer various oral restorations, including dental crowns. To schedule an appointment at the Old Bridge, New Jersey, practice, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.
Dental Crowns Q & A
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are oral restorations that cover a molar or premolar — the teeth at the back of your mouth. They strengthen and support your tooth enamel, prevent further damage or decay, and restore your biting and chewing abilities.
Dr. Pavlushkin and the team offer several types of dental crowns, including all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. The type of crown that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your oral health history, the affected tooth’s location, and your budget.
What types of problems can dental crowns fix?
Dr. Pavlushkin and the team might recommend a dental crown to:
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Improve the cosmetic appearance of a stained or damaged tooth
You might also benefit from a dental crown if you’re getting dental implants. Crowns connect to the posts in your jaw, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
What does getting a dental crown involve?
Getting a dental crown typically takes two appointments spaced about a week apart. At your initial consultation, Dr. Pavlushkin reviews your dental health history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive oral exam. She then orders oral X-rays to assess the damage or decay affecting your tooth.
After developing a treatment plan, Dr. Pavlushkin carefully removes the damaged or decaying portion of your tooth. Then, she takes a series of oral impressions and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom crown. Before you leave, Dr. Pavlushkin applies a temporary crown to your affected tooth.
About a week later, you return to the practice. Dr. Pavlushkin removes your temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. She bonds the crown to your tooth, polishes it, and checks your bite. Afterward, she provides a list of care and recovery instructions.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last an average of 10-15 years, but they often last longer if you take good care of them. Dr. Pavlushkin and the team recommend brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the practice every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To learn more about dental crowns, request a consultation at Empire Dental Group of New Jersey. Book online using this website, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.