Dental mperfections, be they chips or cracks, teeth that are misshapen, or teeth with significant decay, are serious issues. Not only do they impact the quality of your smile, but they can also lead to complications in your oral and overall health. At National Dental East Meadow, we can help to restore the beauty and the health of your teeth with dental crowns.
CAPS FOR YOUR TEETH
A crown is essentially a “cap” that is designed to fit over a damaged or otherwise compromised, tooth, covering the entire tooth above the gum line. It has the important job of protecting the tooth by providing an alternative to extraction, allowing the tooth to stay rooted within its socket. The crown helps to hold the tooth together, provide it with strength, and protect it from any bacterial invasions.
WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS MADE OF?
Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials:
- Metal crowns are by far the strongest, being practically indestructible. They have been used for decades, and are still a popular option to this day. Their strength makes them a great option for teeth toward the back of your mouth, where bite pressures are greater. Metal crowns do have one major disadvantage, however. Being made out of metal, they stand out from the rest of your natural teeth.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns were developed as a way to provide an aesthetic fix while still providing the benefits that metal crowns have to offer. However, not only can the porcelain fracture or break under too much pressure, there is often a dark line that shows through the porcelain, giving the crown away.
- All ceramic crowns have been designed to provide the best aesthetic fit to your smile. Ceramic can be finished and polished so that it perfectly blends in with the rest of your teeth. The material even mimics the way that enamel reflects light. Ceramic crowns may not be as strong as metal (they are still relatively strong), but their aesthetics make them the most popular option for dental crowns.
PLACING YOUR DENTAL CROWN
The procedure for placing dental crowns is rather simple. We start by preparing the affected tooth. This involves removing some of the enamel of the tooth, effectively creating room for the restoration to fit in naturally amongst your surrounding teeth. Trimming your enamel is done under a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is prepared, we then take a mold of your mouth. The mold is used to design, and then fabricate your custom crown. When ready, the crown is cemented into place.
DENTAL CROWN CARE
Caring for your dental crown is no different from caring for the rest of your natural teeth. The material can, and should, be brushed and flossed on a daily basis. You should avoid biting and chewing on anything too hard, such as ice or your fingernails, as these can damage the ceramic. It is also important to maintain your regular dental exams. During your exams, we will make sure to check the condition of your crown and make sure that it is not damaged in any way.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL CROWNS
Crowns offer numerous benefits:
- Strength for a weak tooth.
- Prevention of further damage.
- Protection following a root canal.
- Attaching a dental bridge.
- Ceramic crowns perfectly match your natural teeth, so no one will know that it’s there.
Dental crowns are an excellent restorative option to give you back your smile and protect the health of your mouth. Contact National Dental East Meadow today at (516) 962-2292 to schedule your consultation!