A Natural-Looking Repair With Custom Crowns

porcelain crownsOur last blog focused on addressing cavities with a dental filling. But if your decay is severe, or if a tooth has become cracked or chipped, then a more substantial restoration may be necessary. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist will look at how we create and place a crown using lifelike materials that absorb daily bite forces.

When We Suggest Placing a Crown

A crown covers the entire visible tooth structure, which means the restoration offers an opportunity to address a wide array of cosmetic and restorative issues. For example, we may repair teeth that have been cracked, chipped, or worn down as a result of bruxism. We may also repair cavities and treat infection by completing a root canal procedure. We reshape malformed teeth, and also mask teeth stains and other esthetic issues. When people come to us with one or more missing teeth, we may employ crowns to either secure a dental bridge, or to restore a single-tooth dental implant. Addressing missing teeth helps prevent major complications for your smile.

The Lifelike Materials We Use

For the front-facing teeth, we may suggest the most lifelike option, porcelain. But if the issue requiring attention is located in the side or rear teeth, which must absorb greater bite forces, we may suggest porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia. All of these options can be tinted to blend with surrounding teeth, mimic the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. We want you to feel proud to show off your smile following treatment!

The Placement Process

We start by removing structure from the teeth receiving them. Next, we take detailed impressions and images, which allow us to design your restoration. After we create your custom restoration, you will return for a second visit. We check the fit and if necessary, make any final adjustments before placing it with a powerful bonding agent. With proper care and attention, your new crown could last decades to come. To keep them strong, we suggest brushing and flossing daily, and seeing us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions about our crowns, or if you think your smile may benefit from one, then contact our team to schedule an exam. We want to help return your smile to full function and beauty!

Does Your Tooth Need Restoration?

We would like to help our patients continue to enjoy optimal oral health with custom restoration options. From fillings to our bridges and dental implants, we’re here to transform the health, beauty, and function of your smile. To learn more about restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.