A dental crown is perfect for addressing serious damage or treating advanced cavities or infection. While some are made from metal, we’re proud to offer our Astoria, NY, patients options created from strong and natural looking materials. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss how we repair smiles and create restorations that blend seamlessly with your smile.
Creating a Custom Crown
To begin, we need to make room for the restoration, which means removing a small amount of tooth structure. Afterward, we take digital impressions, measurements, and images of your tooth. These items are crucial for designing the crown, and ensuring the finished product fits comfortably and looks natural. After we craft them, we will place them using a powerful bonding agent. On average, they can last for several decades, especially if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene.
While metal offers an effective repair, we often opt for all ceramic for the front facing teeth. The material can absorb bite forces and also mimics the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. We can shade the material to match the color of the tooth as well. For the side and rear teeth, which must endure even greater pressure and bite forces, we may use a porcelain-fused-to-metal option, or possibly zirconia, which look natural while offering greater strength and durability.
Care and Maintenance
Even though they cover the entire visible portion of your tooth, the tooth itself is still vulnerable to decay, infection, and gum disease. Routine care not only helps keep the restoration bright, but also safeguards the tooth itself. You should brush your teeth twice each day for around two minutes, and always find time to floss before going to bed. Seeing us every six months to have your teeth cleaned and examined is also important. These steps protect your smile from plaque buildup and oral health complications, such as periodontal disease or cavities.
When to Seek Treatment
We may place the restoration to repair cracked or chipped teeth, or to lengthen worn down teeth. Treatment also reshapes malformed teeth, masks permanent teeth stains, and corrects bite imbalance. If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, they can help secure custom dental bridges and even restore a single tooth dental implant. If you have any questions about our lifelike dental crowns, or if you think your smile could benefit from restorative treatment, then contact our team today.
Does Your Smile Need Restoration?
If you have a damaged tooth, or one in need of treatment, then we can help with custom restorations. For more information on our dental crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays and other restoration options, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.