Ashu Sachdev
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Creating Beautiful Lasting Smiles

Address: 511 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-485-9675

 

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Crowns

A dental crown is also known as a “cap”. It is shaped like a tooth and is placed over a damaged tooth to protect it and improve its appearance.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

Crowns are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. Even after a filling is placed in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break as it has become due to the cavity. The jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body, subjecting the teeth to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile. Crowns are also required to hold a dental bridge or to cover the implants.

What Types of Crowns Are Available?

Permanent crowns can be made from metal, ceramic, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.

There are different types of dental crowns:

  • Metal: This type of crown can be made of gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy. Metal crowns are ideal for use on the back teeth.

  • Ceramic: Ceramic crowns look like normal teeth and are ideal for use on the front teeth. They are mildly tough and are probably the most popular cosmetic option.

  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM): PFM crowns are stronger than ceramic crowns and look like normal teeth. They are used to correct both aesthetic and structural damage.

What is involved in restoring a tooth with a crown?

It takes 2-3 appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. During this time a temporary crown is worn. At the next visit, this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth

 

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  • The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only.  It is not intended and should not be construed as the delivery of dental/medical care and is not a substitute for personal hands on dental/medical attention, diagnosis or treatment.