Damage to your teeth can occur in a variety of ways. Moreover, when it does, whether it’s a crack or severe tooth decay, it needs to be treated. Untreated, you are putting yourself at risk for further damage, as well as serious infection. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can restore your damaged tooth, and prevent the need for extraction, with dental crowns.
A crown, in the simplest terms, is a sort of “cap” that covers the entire visible portion of a damaged, or weakened, tooth. The crown has many jobs. It holds the tooth together, preventing further damage, providing strength to the tooth, and protecting the tooth from bacterial invasion. Crowns are designed to prevent the need for an extraction, allowing your tooth to stay firmly in its socket.
Crowns can be made of many different materials, each with their benefits and drawbacks:
Crowns are a straightforward process. We start by preparing your tooth. What this means is that we trim, or remove, some of the enamel of the affected tooth. This allows for the crown to fit comfortably and naturally in place. Once that is finished, we then take an impression and use a color guide to match your teeth. The impression and color information are sent to a lab, where your crown will be created. It can take up to two weeks, so we will provide you with a temporary crown while you wait. When the crown is ready, it will be checked for fit, and then cemented in place, leaving you with a full, beautiful smile.
Crowns have some benefits:
If your tooth has suffered damage or is weakened in any way, a dental crown can help to restore it. Call National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206 for more information or to schedule your appointment.