Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are prosthetic devices designed by dentists in New York, NY, to encase a damaged, decayed, or weakened tooth to restore its strength, shape, size, and appearance. Crafted from materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination thereof, dental crowns are customized to fit snugly over the prepared tooth, shielding it from further damage while enhancing its aesthetics. By providing durable protection and structural support, crowns enable patients to bite, chew, and speak confidently while improving their smile's overall appearance. Whether used to reinforce a cracked tooth, restore a severely decayed tooth, support a dental bridge, or cover a dental implant, dental crowns offer lasting benefits by preserving the integrity of natural teeth and enhancing oral function and aesthetics. 

Types of Dental Crowns 

Porcelain Crowns 

  • Porcelain crowns are crafted from dental-grade ceramic materials that closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. 
  • They offer excellent aesthetics due to their ability to mimic the translucency and color of natural tooth enamel. 
  • Porcelain crowns are ideal for restoring front teeth or apparent areas of the smile where aesthetics are paramount. 
  • While they provide natural-looking results, porcelain crowns may be prone to chipping or fracturing under heavy biting forces. 

Metal Crowns 

  • Metal crowns are typically made from gold alloy, palladium, or non-noble metals. 
  • They are renowned for their exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to wear and tear. 
  • Metal crowns require minimal tooth preparation and are well-suited for restoring molars and teeth subjected to significant biting forces. 
  • While highly functional, metal crowns are less aesthetic than porcelain or ceramic options and may not be suitable for visible areas of the smile. 

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns 

  • PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetic appeal of porcelain. 
  • These crowns feature a metal substructure covered with a layer of tooth-colored porcelain, providing durability and natural-looking aesthetics. 
  • PFM crowns balance strength and aesthetics, making them suitable for front and back teeth. 
  • However, the metal substructure may sometimes cause a grayish line at the gumline, compromising the overall aesthetics. 

All-Ceramic Crowns 

  • All ceramic crowns are crafted from high-strength ceramic materials such as zirconia or lithium disilicate. 
  • They offer excellent aesthetics, strength, and biocompatibility, making them ideal for restoring teeth in visible areas of the smile. 
  • All ceramic crowns are highly durable and resistant to chipping or fracturing, providing long-lasting results. 
  • These crowns blend seamlessly with natural teeth, achieving lifelike results without the risk of a visible metal margin. 

Composite Resin Crowns 

  • Composite resin crowns are made from tooth-colored dental composite material bonded directly to the tooth surface. 
  • They are typically used for temporary crowns or restoring small areas of decay or damage in anterior teeth. 
  • While cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing, composite resin crowns may offer a different level of durability and longevity than other crown types. 

The Dental Crown Procedure 

The dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, our dentist at L.E.S. Dental Group, will examine and prepare the tooth by reshaping it to create space for the crown. Impressions of the tooth are then taken to create a custom crown and a temporary crown is placed to protect the prepared tooth while the permanent one is being made. This temporary crown is usually made of acrylic and is cemented for about two weeks until the permanent crown is ready. 

At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the fit and appearance of the permanent crown are checked. Any necessary adjustments are made to ensure a perfect fit. Once satisfied, the dentist permanently cements the crown onto the tooth. Post-placement care includes maintaining good oral hygiene and attending follow-up appointments to ensure the crown functions correctly. This straightforward procedure effectively restores the tooth's shape, size, strength, and appearance. Contact us today!

Why You Might Need a Dental Crown?

To Protect a Weakened Tooth 

Teeth can become weakened due to factors such as extensive decay, large fillings, or trauma. A dental crown in New York, NY, provides added protection to prevent further damage and preserve the tooth's structure. 

To Restore a Broken or Worn Down Tooth 

Teeth that are broken or significantly worn down, often due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or accidents, can benefit from the structural reinforcement provided by a dental crown. 

To Support a Tooth with a Large Filling 

Teeth with large fillings may be structurally compromised, making them susceptible to fractures. A dental crown helps support and reinforce the remaining tooth structure, reducing the fracture risk. 

To Hold a Dental Bridge in Place 

Dental bridges replace missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth (pontics) to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental crowns are placed on these neighboring teeth to provide stability and support for the bridge. 

To Cover Misshapen or Discolored Teeth 

Teeth that are misshapen, uneven, or severely discolored can be aesthetically enhanced with the placement of dental crowns. Crowns provide a natural-looking solution to improve the appearance of these teeth. 

To Cover a Dental Implant 

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. A dental crown is attached to the implant, serving as the visible, functional tooth restoration. 

For Cosmetic Enhancement 

In addition to their restorative purposes, dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic enhancements. They can alter teeth' shape, size, and color to create a more pleasing smile. 

Dental crowns are a highly effective solution for many dental issues, from protecting weakened teeth to enhancing cosmetic appearance. Visit L.E.S. Dental Group at 62 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, or call (212) 979-0990 to book your appointment and learn how a dental crown can enhance oral health and confidence!

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