When your teeth are marred by cracks, chips, and other imperfections, your smile is affected. Moreover, some imperfections can affect your oral health as well as your appearance. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can provide you with dental crowns to fix your imperfections, and restore the beauty to your smile.
Dental crowns provide an aesthetic fix for damaged teeth. They are essentially a “cap” that covers the entire visible portion of the affected tooth. It simultaneously holds the tooth together, provides strength, and protects the tooth from bacterial infection, all while allowing your tooth to stay in its socket.
There are a few different materials that can be used for a dental crown. They all each have their benefits and disadvantages:
The procedure for crowns is relatively straightforward and requires two visits. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared. This means that we trim, or remove, a certain amount of enamel from the affected tooth. By doing so, we create room for the crown, and it can fit comfortably and naturally in among your other teeth.
After the tooth is prepared, we take a mold of your mouth, which will be used to create your custom crown in our lab. This can take up to two weeks so that we will provide you with a temporary restoration for the duration.
When your crown is ready, we will check it for fit before finally cementing it in place.
Crowns do not require any special care. They can be treated just like your natural teeth. They should be brushed daily and flossed. They may not be able to experience decay, but they can harbor plaque and bacteria that can lead to serious oral health problems. You should also maintain regular dental visits, where we will check your crowns for signs of damage. Avoid biting down and chewing on exceptionally hard things, such as ice or your fingernails.
Dental crowns have several benefits:
If imperfections in your teeth are affecting your smile, along with your confidence, dental crowns may be able to help. Contact National Dental Upper East Side at (646) 736-2206 to learn more and schedule your appointment today!