A dental emergency could often refer to a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth. When you sustain damage to your teeth, don’t ignore the issue. See us as soon as possible. With the right treatment options, such as a custom-made dental crown, we can restore your tooth and help you avoid the serious complications of an injured smile. In today’s blog, let’s look at how to address a damaged tooth and when Astoria, NY, patients should see us.
Common Emergency Situations
The enamel coating our teeth is strong, in fact, tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the entire human body. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your teeth are invincible. Sports injuries, biting down on hard objects, and our oral health could weaken or damage tooth enamel. When a tooth becomes cracked or chipped, treatment is needed to prevent cavities and infection. Tooth decay occurs because even minor damage exposes the sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful bacteria. So, after an injury occurs, use a gauze or piece of cloth to stem the bleeding, use a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling, and see us as soon as possible.
Creating and Placing Your Crowns
A dental crown covers the visible portion of your tooth, allowing us to address chips, fractures, or serious breakage. We begin by prepping the tooth. To make room for the new restoration, we remove a small amount of tooth structure. We then take detailed impressions. At a dental lab, the impressions we gather will be used to design and create the restoration using a lifelike material, such as porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
The patient will return for a second visit, during which we place the completed restoration with a powerful bonding material. Once in place, the new crown will look natural and blend with your smile.
We often use porcelain in fabrication due to the material’s strength and stain-resistant properties. We also shade the material to better blend with the rest of your smile. No one should be able to tell you’ve received a new restoration. But what can you do to ensure your restoration continues to stay bright and provide quality repair? We suggest caring for your smile at home by brushing and flossing daily. You should also schedule checkups and cleanings every six months, so we can monitor your smile and remove plaque buildup. Care helps safeguard surrounding teeth and protect your brand-new dental restoration.
Does Your Smile Need a Crown?
Our restorative treatment options help return smiles to optimal function, health, and beauty. For more information on our lifelike restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.