Larger cavities and physical injuries can make oral health care a priority. They can also make dental fillings less effective at providing the long-term support your tooth needs. Dr. Leibowitz can care for teeth in these scenarios by placing custom dental crowns. These restorations are carefully constructed to fit over teeth and provide protection and bite support, which will allow you to preserve your dental function and full smile even after a more significant oral health issue.
Restorative dentistry takes different forms. In some situations, it is necessary to place larger restorations to keep teeth safe. This kind of support is needed when you require a root canal treatment, or when an injury or cavity affects your tooth structure to a greater degree. While this can mean more preparatory work and more changes to tooth structure, it will also mean having the support you need to save your tooth and preserve your ability to bite and chew without discomfort. Because there are options to treat teeth with crowns that mimic your healthy enamel, this work can provide functional benefits and also offer cosmetic value.
A crown will be placed over the course of at least two visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Leibowitz will closely evaluate your tooth and take the needed measurements to provide a permanent crown. He can also provide a temporary crown for safety and support until your custom restoration is ready. At the following visit, he will confirm that your crown is the right shape and size before permanently setting it in position to protect your tooth.
The material type used will depend on the support your tooth needs and its visibility when you smile. For a molar that experiences more pressure from biting and chewing, we can recommend using a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal material. If you need protection for a tooth that is more visible when you smile and speak, we can present the options of porcelain and zirconia materials. These can provide functional support while also closely matching your enamel!
Dental crowns provide lasting support for vulnerable teeth that require more protection than a filling can offer. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, or if you have questions about any other matter related to your oral health, call Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz at his Astoria, NY dental office at 718-728-8320.