A crown provides more substantial repair than a dental filling, which is why we often use them to correct more severe cases of decay, or to address infections. But how do we ensure they provide natural-looking smile improvement? In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist talks about how we create lifelike restorations.
Creating Your Custom Restoration
Each one is made specifically for your smile to ensure a comfortable fit, durable restoration, and of course, a lifelike appearance. We start by removing structure from the tooth in need of repair. We then take detailed impressions and images of your tooth, which we use to design and craft your crown. The material used varies. For the front-facing teeth, we may use all-ceramic, which mimics the lifelike translucence of tooth enamel and can be shaded to match your smile. Since the side and rear teeth must absorb greater bite forces, we often reserve porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia for these, since they look natural but also provide greater strength and durability. The completed crown will be placed in a follow-up visit with a powerful bonding agent, and with proper care and attention, could last for decades.
Cosmetic Smile Improvements
Since the crown covers everything above the gum line, we can use them to mask severe teeth stains. Intrinsic stains, also known as permanent discoloration, may not respond to teeth whitening, so masking it with crown (or bonding or veneers) can help. We also have the ability to correct issues with the shape of the teeth, too!
Addressing Restorative Concerns
The crown could also address tooth decay too severe for a filling alone to address. If you have an infected or abscessed tooth, then we could perform a root canal to remove infected tissues, before capping it with a restoration. We also address teeth worn-down due to bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), and also fix cracked, chipped, or broken ones too. If you lose a tooth, we could offer replacement, using restorations to secure a custom-made dental bridge, or to complete a single tooth dental implant. Since we’re only offering emergency dental care at the moment, our treatments could be used to address problems that out your smile at risk, such as pain in your smile or dental damage. If you have any questions about repairing smiles to addressing them with dental emergency care, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Improvements?
If you find yourself faced with a restorative concern, then we can often help with a custom-made dental restoration. We can even use them to correct common dental emergencies people in our community face! To learn more about repairing and restoring smiles, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.