Dental Crowns in East Village, NYC
A dental crown is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain (meaning some sort of dental ceramic), metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both. Other terms that are used to refer to dental crowns are “dental caps” and “tooth caps”. Crowns look and feel like natural teeth and their durability makes them long-lasting.
What are the benefits of a dental crown?
Also known as dental caps, dental crowns can:
- strengthen damaged or weakened teeth
- cover an existing tooth and protect it from further damage and decay
- fill spaces in our smile and improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- replace a missing tooth
- hold together a cracked tooth
- restore a tooth after a root canal
- support a dental bridge
How a dental crown can transform your smile
Dental crowns are designed to blend in with your other existing teeth. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of the tooth that you are restoring. Most patients won’t be able to tell the difference between your natural tooth and a capped tooth. In addition to placing our own crowns, our doctors take pride in replacing old, noticeable, or unstable metal crowns with beautiful porcelain restorations.
What can I expect when getting a dental crown?
Following the numbing of the tooth and surrounding tissues, your dentist will reduce the size of your tooth so that the crown can fit over it and sit comfortably in your mouth.
Once the tooth structure has been prepared, a dental impression will be taken and sent to a dental lab to fabricate the final restoration. Until the permanent dental crown adheres to the tooth, a temporary crown will be worn to protect the tooth.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
Generally used to restore front teeth because they blend with the natural color of your tooth, ceramic dental crowns are made of a porcelain-based material that may be less strong than other dental crown options. If you are a teeth-grinder, ceramic may not be the best option because they are susceptible to cracking under pressure. While it is resistant to wear, a ceramic crown can aggravate neighboring teeth if their surfaces become rough.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
PFM crowns are fabricated with a porcelain coating over a metal base. PFM restorations are highly popular because they offer the same strength as metal crowns with the aesthetics of porcelain crowns. Unlike metal crowns, however, PFM crowns are abrasive to the opposing teeth and can cause them to wear down faster.
Ideal for cosmetic dentistry treatments because of their ability to improve the contour and color of teeth, all-porcelain crowns are fabricated entirely using porcelain or ceramic materials. Although porcelain crowns lack the strength of PFM crowns but are just as abrasive on opposing teeth.
Dental crowns fabricated entirely out of dental composite resin are another aesthetic option that is highly affordable. However, resin dental crowns are significantly weaker than other types of dental crowns and are more likely to chip or crack, as well as to wear down faster.
How long do dental crowns last?
Properly placed and cared for crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Some crowns have lasted as long as 20 or 30 years depending on the materials, quality of construction, and location in the mouth.