Dental crowns are the ideal solution for a number of structural and cosmetic tooth issues. A crown is created to fit securely on top of the natural tooth. This provides a shield for damaged teeth, and can also be used to conceal tooth issues like cracks or discoloration. New Hyde Park Dental in Lake Success, New York, can create a custom crown to help make your smile stronger and more beautiful.
Dental Crowns Q & A
What are crowns?
Crowns are designed to protect and cover the teeth. A crown completely covers the tooth, and it's cemented into place so that it's stable. Crowns are generally made from:
- Gold alloys
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Other metal blends
In most cases, crowns are used on the back teeth, such as the molars. On the front teeth, a veneer -- similar to a crown, but made from a flat panel of material -- is often used instead of a crown.
What type of teeth problems can crowns help with?
Crowns are used in a variety of situations, including:
- After a root canal, a crown is typically placed atop the tooth to reinforce and protect it.
When a tooth is cracked, a crown is often used to provide extra reinforcement and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.
- When a tooth is chipped or broken, a crown may be used to provide an even surface for the tooth, which allows for normal chewing and prevents bacteria entry.
- Crowns may also be used for cosmetic reasons, for example in cases where the teeth are seriously discolored or when there's a filling that needs to be concealed.
What is the dental crown process?
In the initial part of the dental crown process, our providers will shape your tooth. This involves gently removing a tiny quantity of enamel from the surface of the tooth. This makes room for the crown, which will allow the crown to be even with the rest of the teeth.After the small amount of enamel is removed, our providers will place a short-term crown, typically made from acrylic, on the tooth. This will protect your tooth for the next couple of weeks while the permanent crown is being made in a dental laboratory.
Once the permanent crown has arrived, you'll return to New Hyde Park Dental to have it placed on the tooth. Permanent crowns are bonded securely to your tooth with dental cement, which ensures that they'll stay in place for the long term.
How long do crowns last?
It can vary by patient, but properly cared for crowns can last for decades. Many patients get 10, 20, or even more years of use from their dental crowns. Costs may vary based on individual needs.