A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Central Park Dentistry specializes in porcelain crowns for patients in NYC.
Crowns are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Key Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
- Porcelain crowns are available in a wide variety of shades in order to perfectly color-match them to your existing teeth
Reasons for Crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
X-rays may be taken to check the tooth, the roots and the bone surrounding the tooth. The area will be anesthetized, and the tooth will be shaped to make room for the dental crown. Our experts may recommend a metal crown, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown or a porcelain crown, and the amount of dental enamel removed can vary based on the type of crown being placed. A filling material may then be placed to support the tooth and the crown.
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.
Porcelain crowns are generally durable and long lasting. They require no more care than the rest of your teeth-just a simple regimen of regular brushing and flossing.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown. Dental crowns do not decay, but the teeth below them can, which is why it is important to continue to maintain good dental hygiene. Brush twice daily, floss every day and visit our dentist every six months.
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