Repairing Severely Damaged Teeth with Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used to restore form and function to decayed or damaged teeth and, in many cases, enhance patients' smiles. Our team of dentists at Browne Goetz & Miraglia PC places customized crowns for a strong and comfortable fit at our Mount Kisco, NY, office. Made of porcelain, these durable and lifelike restorations can protect your teeth and ensure that your smile is as strong and healthy as possible.
Restoring Dental Health with a Crown
Because of its hard enamel shell, a tooth is ordinarily strong enough to withstand most damage. However, severe decay, cracks, and fractures can break down this protection and leave the tooth vulnerable to infection. If a tooth is too severely damaged to repair with fillings or inlays and onlays, then a crown can both protect against infection and prevent further damage. Our porcelain restorations are placed directly over the tooth like a cap, sealing it from bacteria, reinforcing its structure, and restoring its functionality.
Although a dental crown can be made from materials such as metal, porcelain and other tooth-colored options have gained considerable popularity as both a restorative and cosmetic option. In addition to its notable durability, much of porcelain's popularity is tied to its natural appearance. Porcelain crowns both look and feel like your other teeth, allowing them to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Placing the Restoration
Receiving a crown usually requires at least two appointments to create an impression for the crown, and then to place it. During the first visit, one of our dentists will eliminate any damage or decay. Once this has been removed, he can begin carefully reshaping the tooth and gum line to create space for the crown to fit comfortably.
Once the tooth is fully prepared, your dentist will take impressions to ensure that the crown is customized to your mouth. He will also analyze your teeth to select the shade of porcelain that most closely matches your smile. We can then send your impressions and shade selection to a dental laboratory, where a skilled technician will create the restoration. The fabrication process may take one to two weeks, so your dentist will place a temporary to protect your tooth until your next visit.
Dental crowns are a simple and cost-effective way to repair the tooth and restore oral health.
When we receive your permanent, custom-designed crown, you can return for your second appointment. We will remove the temporary and put the custom crown in place to ensure that the fit is comfortable before applying a dental adhesive to bond it in place.
Combining Crowns with Other Treatments
Dental crowns are often used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. If you are missing a single tooth or you need a a tooth extracted, we can replace the root with a dental implant and restore it with a lifelike crown. This protects your bone and dental health while returning functionality to your smile. In many cases, we may recommend dental crowns as one part of a more comprehensive smile makeover.
Importance of Seeking Treatment
While many patients are nervous about receiving dental care because of potential discomfort, damaged and decayed teeth are often far more painful. They can also lead to long-term complications. Left alone, a damaged tooth can become infected and may even eventually require extraction and replacement. In addition to oral health problems, decay has also been tied to more general health concerns, including elevated rates of heart attack and stroke. While dental treatment alone cannot completely prevent these possibilities, it can go a long way in supporting your long-term health.
Repair Your Teeth Today
Dental crowns are a simple and cost-effective way to repair the tooth and restore oral health. If you think you may require a crown, contact us online or call (914) 241-1191 to set up an appointment at our office.
If you have any questions for the Browne Goetz & Miraglia team, or would like a complimentary dental or orthodontic consultation, then please feel free to contact us.