Iwona Wysocka, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Bayonne, NJ
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Do you want to cover or protect a weak, damaged, or unsightly tooth? If so, consider getting a dental crown at Iwona Wysocka, DDS, in Bayonne, New Jersey. To find out more, schedule an appointment over the phone today.
Crowns Q & A
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic cover or cap that Iwona Wysocka, DDS, places over your misshapen, damaged, or weak tooth in her office. Crowns cover all sorts of injuries to the teeth, and they also protect your teeth after a root canal.
Dr. Iwona Wysocka can also use them to cover dental implants. Crowns not only cover trouble teeth and beautify your smile but also protect your teeth from further damage.
What does the dental crown procedure entail?
When you visit the office of Iwona Wysocka, DDS, for your initial crown appointment, she examines your tooth, takes X-rays to examine the root and surrounding bone health to determine if you are a good candidate for the crown.
To place the temporary crown, Dr. Iwona Wysocka starts by numbing the area where she’ll be working. Then, she files down the tooth in question, making sure there’s room for the crown. If you have very little tooth left, she builds the tooth up so it can support the crown.
During your second visit, Dr. Iwona Wysocka takes an impression to send to her lab, where a crown would be custom made for you. On the following visit, Dr. Wysocka tries on the custom made crown and if everything looks good and fits to her liking, she permanently cements the crown.The crown encapsulates your tooth or implant from the gum line up so that it looks natural.
What types of crowns are available?
There are a variety of crown materials. The most common are:
Porcelain fused to metal
Porcelain fused to metal typically create a very natural look, and they’re very strong. However, sometimes you can see a dark metal line close to your gums. In addition, porcelain fused to metal crowns can wear down your other teeth relatively quickly.
Zirconia crowns are extremely hard and durable. They’re also biocompatible, shapeable in-office, and easy to color match.
All metal crowns are among the strongest crowns. They are made from stainless steel, gold, or various types of alloys. Because all metal crowns aren’t tooth colored, they’re best for your back teeth, where they’re hard to see.
All-porcelain crowns work well for those who suffer from metal allergies. They are, however, more susceptible to fractures than crowns made of harder materials. Because they can fracture, they’re best for front teeth, where you’re less likely to bite down so hard.
If you’re struggling with a compromised, weak, or unattractive tooth, you can make a change with a crown. To schedule your consultation at the office of Iwona Wysocka, DDS, call or use the online booking tool today.