Crowns and Bridges in Middletown, NJ

image of dental crown capsEveryone wants and deserves a beautiful and healthy smile that reflects their general well-being and joy. 

It is our hope at Middletown Dental that with consistent preventive dental care, we can help you avoid many dental issues that may require restorative dentistry. That being said, sometimes maintaining your oral health means repairing or restoring a tooth.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can rest assured that Dr. Sukumar and his dental team use the finest materials and work with the best dental laboratories in the area to ensure you receive high-quality and aesthetically pleasing restorations.

Patients at Middletown Dental can enjoy regular checkups and cleanings to prevent the need for restorative dental work, along with beautiful cosmetic prosthetics that aid in strengthening and improving their smile. If you have a weakened, damaged, or missing tooth, you can improve your appearance and quality of life today.

Give our experienced dental staff a call today at (732) 495-4444 today to schedule a dental appointment. Together we can create a smile makeover treatment plan to give you the smile you deserve.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A fractured or weakened tooth can affect your quality of life, but that can easily be remedied with a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth cap that surrounds the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to fit over a broken tooth and protect it. Dental crowns are reliable, cost-effective, and can last a long time with proper care. Since crowns are fabricated from durable, tooth-colored material, patients can eat with ease without worrying about their bite capacity.

Middletown patients who have a cavity will have the decayed area of their tooth removed prior to the tooth being sealed and covered by a dental crown. The dental crown is custom fabricated to match the shape, color, and size of your original tooth. Dental crowns not only protect your tooth, but they also prevent further damage while maintaining a beautiful, natural look.

Caring for your dental crown is no different than caring for your natural tooth: brushing and flossing regularly, along with routine dental cleanings, will prolong the life of your dental crown. During your dental checkups with Dr. Sukumar, our trained staff will be able to inspect your dental crown and ensure that it remains a tight fit, and there are no issues. Preventive dentistry can also prevent cavities and other oral health issues.

When Do I Need a Crown?

A dental crown becomes necessary when your tooth sustains trauma, a fracture, or decay that is more than what a dental filling can repair.

Dental crowns are designed to replace your entire tooth structure with a porcelain restoration customized to match both the form and aesthetics of your natural tooth. With your new tooth, you’ll be able to enjoy eating, chewing, brushing, and flossing as you did before, and because of its natural appearance, no one will ever notice your dental work. We may recommend a dental crown for our Middletown patients because they can help prolong the life of your natural tooth.

A dental crown may be recommended for the following reasons:

  • When a cavity requires a large filling that may take a large amount of the tooth structure
  • Damaged teeth
  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Stained tooth that is resistant to teeth whitening
  • Root canal therapy

Dental crowns help salvage and protect weakened or damaged teeth so that dental extraction can be avoided. If you are in Middletown and are worried about a fractured tooth or loose filling, give Dr. Sukumar and his trained professional team a call.

What Does the Dental Crown Process Look Like?woman smiling with dental crowns in middletown

At Middletown Dental, a crown usually takes two appointments to complete. Dr. Sukumar will prepare your tooth for your crown during the first appointment, and you’ll leave with a temporary crown to wear while your final restoration is being crafted at the dental laboratory.

You’ll return in 1-2 weeks to have your final crown permanently placed after it’s been completed at the lab. Dr. Sukumar ensures that your crown fits properly with your bite and makes any necessary adjustments before permanently placing your new crown.

The entire process is easy and stress-free. Any patients experiencing dental anxiety are encouraged to address their concerns with our Middletown dental staff so we can make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Patients who are missing one or more adjacent teeth may benefit from a dental bridge. This is a fixed appliance that uses your healthy teeth to support dental crowns that act as anchors for prosthetic teeth. Again, Dr. Sukumar will customize your bridge to match your teeth so that it naturally complements your smile.

Properly brushing and cleaning your anchor teeth is essential to give your bridge better longevity. Dental implants can be utilized to support a bridge, which offers a more secure fit and even better longevity. Using dental implants will protect the integrity of your healthy teeth, as the implants can act as the anchor teeth for your bridge. Implants help to keep your bone healthy, which gives you better longevity for your bridge.

The Importance of Restoring Missing Teeth

Middletown patients who have lost a tooth may delay getting it replaced—possibly because it’s not in a visible part of their smile, or because they don’t see the importance of restoring it. While many patients may opt for tooth replacement for cosmetic reasons, we urge patients to consider dental bridges to help restore teeth for oral health reasons.

Missing teeth can lead to more lost teeth because, over time, they cause instability among remaining teeth. Without a healthy neighbor, adjacent teeth tend to shift towards the gap left behind. When teeth shift, your smile changes, gum issues occur, misaligned bites can create pain and enamel erosion, and your chances of getting TMD (temporomandibular joint disease) increase.

Dental bridges can help retain your smile and prevent teeth from shifting while improving your look. Dental implant-supported bridges function further by anchoring to the jaw bone and replacing the entire tooth—making them the perfect permanent tooth replacement for Middletown patients who no longer want removable dental prosthetics.

When a tooth is affected by cavities, it can weaken and fracture, causing pain and stress. Aside from the anxiety this can lead to, a cracked tooth can also affect what you eat and the quality of your diet. It’s hard to imagine not being able to eat some of your favorite foods until you have a dental issue.

Want to Learn More About Your Options?

Sometimes, when we’re repairing a tooth, there are multiple options to choose from. Dr. Sukumar will take the time to explain all of your options so you can select the treatment that best meets your needs, lifestyle, and budget. The decision is always ultimately up to the patient and their smile goals; we will never push a dental procedure on a patient. We are always happy to provide as much information as possible so that patients can make the best educated decision for themselves.

If you have a tooth in need of repair, be sure not to delay your treatment as this can lead to more damage or pain to your tooth, and possibly tooth loss. Contact Middletown Dental today to learn more about your options.