Sometimes your teeth may need a little more than a filling. It may be chipped, fractured or broken, or it may require a larger amount of decayed material removing. So, how does your dentist repair that? Very often, a crown is used to repair the area.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental Crowns are a little like a cap that fits over a tooth. They are generally made from porcelain and match your teeth very well. They give a protection to a tooth that is brittle, broken or sensitive and can be used to bridge between two teeth. Occasionally a metal shell may be required underneath the dental crown to provide more strength to your teeth.
Why Get Dental Crowns?
There are a few reasons to have dental crowns fitted. More commonly they include:
Root canal work
If you needed root canal work previously, then this can leave your teeth weaker and more brittle. Dental crowns help to keep them strong avoiding further work or issues.
Crowns enhance your smile
Dental crowns are usually made from porcelain, which is a similar color to your natural teeth.
Crowns protect your teeth from further decay. They add strength to teeth that are already brittle, preventing further damage caused by fracturing.
Improve malformed teeth
By adding a cap to any malformed or uneven teeth you can instantly improve the look of your teeth.
The Process of Getting Dental Crowns
As with many tooth-filling procedures, you will need a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the dentist can then remove any decay to reveal the area in the tooth where the dental crown is going to be placed. Your dentist will need to take a mold of that area. You will be provided with a temporary or transient crown or filling, as the dental crown will need to be created to the specifications of the mold. Your next visit will then be scheduled. At this point, the temporary crown will be removed and discarded, and the permanent dental crown will be inserted in its place.
Popular FAQs for Dental Crowns
How many visits will it take for my dental crown to be inserted?
You will need at least two visits to your dentist before this procedure is completed, as the crown needs to be custom-made to fit your tooth.
What happens of the temporary crown falls out?
You will need to contact your dentist immediately to have it replaced. If the tooth underneath the crown is exposed to food, drinks, etc., it will be very sensitive and can become painful. You also risk developing an infection.
Will my dental crowns discolor?
If you fail to look after your teeth in a general way, then you can expect your dental crown to go the same way as your teeth. It will become discolored or stained in the same way your teeth will.
Why Choose Dr. Alex for Dental Crowns In NYC?
Dental crowns are very popular procedures as they provide a stable and aesthetic service for your teeth. Dr. Alex will be happy to go through the whole procedure with you before you decide this is the right option for you.
Schedule an appointment with Dr Alex Midtown NYC dental offices today!