A crown is a prosthetic cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. In cosmetic dentistry, crowns are often used to aesthetically improve the look of teeth that have large fillings or have been treated with root canal therapy. Typically, they are made of ceramics such as porcelain fused to metal and are colored to match the natural color of your teeth, although ceramic crowns can also be compared to the color of your other teeth. At Creative Dental of Queens, they are custom fit to your smile and will be shaped and shaded carefully to ensure they blend seamlessly with your remaining natural teeth.
If you have a badly damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown can cover the entire visible portion to protect it from further damage and improve your smile’s appearance. In addition to restoring your tooth’s function, dental crowns can also correct some bite problems by correcting the alignment of the teeth. To prepare a tooth for a dental crown, our dentist must first remove any decay and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth so that a custom crown can be made just for you. The impressions are sent to a trusted dental lab, where a skilled technician will fabricate your new restoration. In about two to three weeks, you will return to our office so the dentist can place your permanent crown and make any adjustments as needed. Your smile will look completely natural with the placement of a crown!
The primary benefit of a dental crown is restoring the look of a damaged tooth and protecting it from further damage. If a crown isn’t placed after a cavity is treated, the decay could spread deeper into the tooth and cause more extensive damage. Putting a crown over a tooth treated for a cavity will help protect the tooth from further harm while also giving it back its appearance.
In addition, crowns are often recommended when a patient has a cracked or damaged tooth. These teeth can become weaker over the years if they aren’t restored, and a dental crown can help to prevent that damage by covering the visible portion of the tooth and preventing it from being worn down any further. This, in turn, can strengthen the tooth and improve its overall function and health.
A crown also restores the tooth’s function so you can chew normally again. To learn more about dental crowns, visit Creative Dental of Queens at 63-58 Wetherole St, Rego Park, NY 11374, or call (718) 459-4700.