Howard Cetel, DDS
Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Washington Township, Sewell, NJ
Damaged teeth can lead to serious oral health problems and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Dental crowns provide an efficient way to cover and protect damaged teeth. At his practice in the Washington Township area of Sewell, New Jersey, Howard Cetel, DDS, has over 30 years of expertise providing patients with natural-looking porcelain crowns. Call or schedule an appointment today.
Crowns Q & A
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a fixed dental prosthetic that Dr. Cetel places to protect and repair a tooth that has experienced damage or decay.
Dr. Cetel uses a durable bonding adhesive to secure the crown to your damage teeth or to mount it on top of a dental implant permanently. A porcelain crown can be custom colored and shaped to look nearly identical to your teeth.
When should I get a dental crown?
Dental crowns can address several oral issues. They can:
- Top a dental implant, providing you with an entirely new tooth
- Cap a tooth that has had a root canal, is cracked, or has a large cavity
- Correct discoloration in a tooth
- Fix a misshapen tooth
- Protect a tooth that has become weakened
- Secure a bridge in place
What happens during a dental crown placement procedure?
Dr. Cetel first assesses your damaged teeth and recommends the best course of treatment specific to your case.
If you're a good candidate for a dental crown, Dr. Cetel prepares your teeth and takes an impression to form your crown correctly. He sends the mold to a lab, and they use it to create your permanent crown. It typically takes about two weeks for the final crown to arrive.
Dr. Cetel places a removable, temporary crown during your next appointment when he fits you with your permanent crown, makes any necessary adjustments, and bonds it in place.
How long do dental crowns last?
The lifespan of your dental crown can vary based on several factors, including:
- The location of the crown in your mouth
- The material your crown is made of
- How much of your tooth is left when your crown is prepared
- Your dental hygiene
- Your bite force
Typically, your crown should last a minimum of five years, but with proper care and hygiene, it can last much longer.
If a dental crown sounds like it might be right for you, call or request an appointment online today with Dr. Cetel.