At Marcial Dental PC, dental crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics used to repair damaged teeth or improve the appearance of an existing tooth. A dental crown is placed over the existing tooth to strengthen and enhance its appearance, shape, and function. Dental crowns can be used to restore a tooth that is chipped, cracked, worn down, irregularly shaped, or severely discolored. If your teeth are misaligned and you want to straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment, dental crowns may be placed over your front teeth to help protect them from damage while your treatment progresses. Occasionally, dental crowns can be paired with partial or full dentures to anchor them in place. This will prevent issues such as slipping and sliding when speaking and eating.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dentist in Flushing & New York, NY will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Then, they will reshape the tooth by removing a small portion of the enamel from all sides. This is done to create space for the crown to fit properly. After tooth preparation, the dentist will take an impression of your prepared teeth. This impression serves as a mold for creating the custom crown. It can be done using traditional putty-like impression material or digitally with the help of intraoral scanners.
Since it takes some time for the dental laboratory to fabricate your permanent crown, a temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth. This temporary crown protects the tooth and maintains your smile aesthetics while you wait for the final restoration. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dentist for its placement. The temporary crown is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and prepared for the final restoration. The dentist will check the crown's fit, color, and shape and make necessary adjustments. Once satisfactory, the crown is permanently cemented onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesive or cement.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide protection and reinforcement to weakened or damaged teeth. They cover the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line, preserving and strengthening the underlying tooth structure. Crowns help prevent further damage, such as cracks or fractures, and protect vulnerable teeth from decay and infection.
Restored Tooth Function
Dental crowns restore the function of a damaged or compromised tooth. They help improve chewing and biting capabilities, allowing you to eat various foods comfortably. By restoring proper tooth function, crowns can enhance overall digestion and nutrition.
Aesthetics and Natural Appearance
Crowns are designed to match your natural teeth' shape, size, and color, resulting in a seamless and natural appearance. They can improve the aesthetics of your smile by concealing discoloration, stains, misshapen teeth, or other cosmetic imperfections.
Contact Marcial Dental PC at 164-11 Crocheron Ave, Flushing 11358, or call (718) 353-1309, or at 150 E 58th St. 8 Floor Annex, New York 10155, or call (917) 227-2328, to learn more about dental crowns and to schedule an appointment in our office. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve the beautiful, healthy smiles you deserve!