New York City Dental Crowns
Restoring Missing & Damaged Teeth
Our team at Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D. provides dental crowns to restore teeth tha
t have sustained damage or decay. Crowns, also known as dental caps, fit over a corrupted tooth and help to regain the functioning that was lost. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but can dramatically improve its appearance, shape, and alignment. If you think you may benefit from a crown, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. We can help you determine which treatment is necessary to successfully restore your smile.
What Is a Dental Crown?
In dentistry, a dental crown can refer to two different things. In an unmodified tooth, the crown is the portion of the natural tooth that protrudes visibly from the gum line. A crown can also be a term for a synthetically crafted tooth that is used to cover a damaged or weakened existing tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Sometimes called a dental cap, tooth cap, or porcelain jacket, dental crowns can be made of different materials.
A few of the most popular crown materials consist of:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns
- Metal-Alloy & Gold Crowns
- Porcelain Crowns
- Resin Crowns
- Ceramic Crowns
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The lighter-colored, non-metal materials like e-max appear more natural in the mouth, though porcelain-fused-to-metal can be a compromise between the durability of metal and the natural appearance of porcelain. Newer materials like Zirconia crowns can provide strength but are metal-free.
There are several factors to consider when choosing the material of your crown, for how long do they last being one of them, and Dr. Lazare will offer guidance in this choice. Depending on the craftsmanship of the crown and the skill of the dentist installing the dental crown, these fixtures can last for many years with proper care.
How Are Dental Crowns Installed?During two separate appointments, patients will visit Dr. Lazare’s NYC office to undergo preparations for the crown, and then have the fixture permanently cemented into place. First, the tooth is prepared, a process that involves the removal of some of the natural tooth structure to prepare for the dental cap. A temporary crown is secured over the shaped tooth until the next appointment, about two weeks later. At this second visit, a custom-created crown is fit and adhered to the prepared tooth.
Do Crowns Look Realistic?Crowns are created by dental laboratory experts to look like real teeth. They will be similar in color, shape, and size to the natural tooth. Dr. Lazare’s goal is to enhance a patient’s smile, not detract from it with artificial-looking tooth replacements.
Is It Painful to Undergo Crown Placement?Dr. Lazare will administer numbing injections when necessary, and the local anesthetic will block the patient from feeling any discomfort during the preparation for the crown or its placement. After either dental visit, there may be some residual discomfort and swelling that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications and a temporary adjustment to chewing and biting.
Are Dental Crowns Similar to Veneers?While both alterations can be composed of porcelain or resin, they are intended for different purposes. Crowns replace the full surrounding portion of the tooth, while veneers are applied to the front surface of the teeth to improve dental aesthetics. Veneers don’t offer the strength or support provided with crowns. Additionally, crowns support different dental procedures while veneers are typically performed as a standalone cosmetic treatment without medical necessity.
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