A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore shape, size, strength, and appearance. They are used to protect teeth that are weak or decayed, hold together parts of a broken tooth, or cover discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns can also be used as the visible component of dental implant restorations or as the main supports for a bridge.
At Queens Dental Design, dental crowns can be made of various materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic, or porcelain. Our dentist can help you decide which type of crown is best for you based on the tooth's location to be crowned, your preference, and your budget.
Dental crowns can last for many years with proper care. Therefore, brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings are essential.
The Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown
When you get a crown, your dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they will prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping it to fit the crown. Next, they will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the lab where your custom crown will be fabricated. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it until your permanent one is ready.
Once the permanent crown arrives, it will be fitted and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. Finally, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
When Are Dental Crowns Needed?
When tooth decay progresses beyond the point of a simple filling, a dental crown may be necessary. Crowns provide a durable and protective cover that encases the entire tooth, preventing further decay and restoring the tooth's strength.
- Fractured or Cracked Teeth
Teeth that are fractured, cracked, or weakened due to injury or trauma can benefit from a dental crown's support and protection. The crown encapsules the damaged tooth, preventing further breakage and ensuring normal chewing function.
After a root canal procedure, a tooth can become more brittle and prone to fracture. A dental crown is often recommended to reinforce the treated tooth and prevent potential structural issues.
When a tooth has a large filling relative to its size, the risk of fracture increases. A dental crown can help distribute chewing forces more evenly across the tooth, reducing the likelihood of future damage.
Dental crowns are also utilized for cosmetic purposes. They can cover teeth that are severely stained, discolored, misshapen, or have other aesthetic concerns, instantly transforming your smile and boosting your confidence.
Dental crowns are versatile solutions that address various dental issues, from functional concerns to cosmetic enhancements. Visit Queens Dental Design at 80-15 164th St., 2nd Floor, Jamaica 11432, or call (718) 523-1525 to determine whether a dental crown is the right solution.