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Dental Crowns in Rutherford, NJ


A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain and zirconium are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  

Now Offering Long-Lasting Zirconium

At the Rutherford, NJ dental office of Dr. Lee Frost, our team knows that a one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry is not what is best for every patient. That's why Dr. Frost offers dental crowns in a variety of materials, including ultra-strong zirconium. A form of ceramic steel, zirconium protects against the chips and cracks that can occur while still looking luminous and natural.
Dental crowns are a covering for a tooth, designed to conceal either cosmetic imperfections or to protect a tooth from decay after a procedure, such as a root canal. While Dr. Frost can create a crown from a number of materials, such as porcelain and gold, zirconium crowns offer several distinct benefits.

Learn more about the benefits of e.max® crowns offered in Rutherford

When it comes to restoring your smile, modern advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry have made treatments stronger, longer-lasting, and more beautiful. Among improvements in materials used in dental restorations are e.max® ceramics for correcting tooth decay, cracked and chipped teeth, or even uneven tooth size and shape.  Dr. Lee T. Frost uses this e.max® material at his Rutherford cosmetic dental office to help patients enjoy lasting and beautifully restored smiles. 


What is e.max® and Why Do We Use It?

Lithium disilicate ceramic, or e.max®, is a glass-ceramic combination that is sought-after for its durability in crown restorations.  Our Rutherford cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Lee T. Frost, uses e.max® to benefit patient treatment plans in the following ways:

Increased Strength - Typically, crowns are made to be more aesthetically pleasing by adding an overlay of tooth-colored material on top of a base of metal or another type of ceramic. Where these two parts of the restoration meet can be a weak point, causing aesthetic issues later. But e.max® crowns are directly blended with tooth-colored materials in the fabrication process, so there is no separate overlay needed to allow your new tooth to look as natural as possible. The result is a stronger restoration – up to three times more -- that stands up well to wear and tear over time.

Conservative Preparation Processes - Offering a higher level of durability means that e.max® crowns can be made to be slightly thinner, or less bulky, than other crowns, without increased risk of chipping or breakage. Thinner restorations require less preparation of existing tooth enamel, saving more of your natural tooth structure in the end.

Stunning Aesthetics - e.max® offers superior aesthetic quality for dental restorations that are opaque and transparent in the right places to truly look like your own teeth. e.max® crowns have a history of providing better natural color matching than other aesthetic materials typically used in dental restorations.

In addition to providing the above benefits, e.max® ceramic dental crowns prove to be an affordable choice for aesthetic smile reconstruction. While many patients choose porcelain-over-metal crowns due to cost concerns, e.max® restorations present other options for cost-effective and beautiful care that is long-lasting.  

e.max® Dental Restorations at Frost Dental GroupNatural looking dental crowns

e.max® is ideal for restoration of single teeth with dental crowns, but can also be used for more comprehensive restorations depending on your needs and goals. Dr. Lee T. Frost can use e.max® ceramic in any of the following dental restorations:

• Veneers
• Inlays and onlays
• Three unit dental bridges

Because of the unique fabrication process involved in producing e.max® restorations, veneers can be made to be ultra-thin and durable, requiring either no or minimal tooth preparation. While e.max® can be used for standard dental bridges to replace one missing tooth, it can also be coupled with zirconia for larger, multiple unit bridges to replace a greater number of missing teeth. e.max® restorations at our Rutherford dental office provide flexible and long-lasting care for patients whose smiles need corrective treatment. 

Learn More about our e.max® Crowns, Veneers, and Bridges - Contact Our Office

If you have missing, decayed, or damaged teeth and are in need of restorative dental treatment, contact our office to learn more about e.max® dentistry in Rutherford. Our team is here to help you find the right materials and treatments so your smile looks beautifully restored.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

What Are Some Advantages of Getting Zirconium Crowns?

While some materials used to create crowns are designed to look similar to your natural teeth, they may not be the most durable. Imagine biting into your favorite food, only to find your dental crown has broken. Zirconium crowns are strong enough to prevent this chipping and cracking because they are extremely strong and durable. Zirconium crowns tend to last longer than most dental restorations, including porcelain crowns, and are considered virtually indestructible.
Dr. Frost is happy to provide his patients with Zirconium crowns from his Rutherford dental office for restorations that will improve both the beauty of their smile and return them back to full biting power. Zirconium crowns mimic much of the look of natural teeth; they allow light to pass through them and are not sensitive to hot and cold, like traditional metal restorations. As a beautiful and durable treatment, Zirconium crowns are the preferred restorative option for many patients.

When Would I Need a Zirconium Crown?

Zirconium crowns are used to restore your smile, meaning they can return a tooth to its former look and function and can protect it from damage after a large cavity or root canal. You may consider treatment with a Zirconium crown if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal

How Are Zirconium Crowns Created?

Dr. Frost uses computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to create custom-fit zirconium crowns for his patients. Dr. Frost will craft your crown using computer technology so your new restoration fits well and blends seamlessly with your smile.  This advanced technology makes it possible for patients to get the treatment they need in two office visits. The crown is cut from a single block of material and finished at high temperatures, which all serve to make it extremely strong. The zirconium crown is then pressed with ceramics or porcelain to make it appear even more like a natural tooth. Patients can smile and enjoy meals with confidence, knowing their zirconium crowns are strong enough to last for years to come.

For more information on getting zirconium crowns at Dr. Frost's Rutherford, NJ dental office, call today to make an appointment.

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