In our last blog, we took a look at a unique dental restoration that treats cavities, our dental fillings. Today, we would like to continue this discussion with a focus on another, more substantial dental restoration. How does a custom crown help return your smile’s health and beauty, and prevent serious oral health complications? Let’s talk about how we repair smiles with our lifelike dental crowns.
How Does A Crown Differ From Fillings?
A filling is a special material that targets a specific decayed area of your tooth, repairing this portion and preventing the cavity from spreading. A crown actually covers the entire visible portion of your smile, meaning we can use it to correct a wide array of cosmetic and restorative issues. For example, we can correct advanced decay, and also complete a root canal procedure to tackle a dental infection. Our team can use them to fix a chipped, cracked, or worn-down tooth, and also reshape a malformed one. Placement masks permanent teeth stains, and also helps replace missing teeth by anchoring a dental bridge in place or restoring a single tooth dental implant!
Creating Your Custom Restoration
To create them, we begin by removing outer tooth structure and then taking a series of detailed impressions and images of the tooth. We then send you home, and may place a temporary in the meantime. Once you leave, we will fabricate the restoration. For the front-facing teeth, we may use all ceramic, which offers the most lifelike appearance and can withstand bite forces. We may reserve porcelain-fused-to-metal and zirconia for the side and rear teeth, which must endure and absorb greater bite forces and pressure.
Placement and Maintenance
When your new restoration is complete, you will return to our office. We will check the fit and if necessary, make any final adjustments. We then place the completed dental restoration with a powerful bonding agent, which helps keep it in place for decades to come. To keep it strong and bright, you should continue to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss every night prior to bedtime. Every six months, be sure you see us for an exam and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and also remove plaque to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. If you have any questions about creating and placing a custom restoration, or if your smile needs one, then contact our team today to learn more!
Restoring Your Smiles
Our team will help you enjoy a healthy and bright smile with a custom-made dental repair. For more information on our crowns, inlays, and onlays, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.