A chipped or cracked tooth can be a major dental problem — on top of causing serious pain, a broken tooth can make it harder to eat and can affect your confidence in social situations. At Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City, the experienced team of cosmetic dentists offers same- or next-day urgent care appointments for broken teeth as well as rapid repair with natural looking, long-lasting porcelain crowns. To learn more, call their Upper East Side office or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental crowns are the gold-standard treatment when it comes to restoring strength, viability, and appearance to a severely chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. Crowns are also routinely used to address excessively worn, weak, or permanently discolored teeth.
Also known as porcelain crowns or caps, dental crowns are often the best choice for reinforcing a tooth weakened by an extra-large filling or too much dental work. Crowns can also be used to temporarily protect a decaying tooth that doesn’t have enough healthy tissue to hold a filling.
Crowns are custom made in a dental lab to match your natural teeth perfectly. Because they look like natural, healthy teeth, porcelain crowns are also used to cap off dental implants.
Getting a dental crown typically requires two office visits — one to prepare your tooth and take an impression, and another to fit the custom-created crown.
During your first appointment, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed begins by gently numbing the area and removing any old restorations from the affected tooth. If they notice any tooth decay, they remove it and fill the cavity.
To fully prepare your tooth for a crown, they may also need to reshape or file down its surface. Once it’s ready, they take an impression of your tooth to send to the dental lab.
Before you leave, you receive a temporary, custom-fitted crown to wear for a few days, while your permanent crown is fabricated.
During your second appointment, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed gently detaches the temporary crown, fits your permanent crown onto your tooth, and carefully fastens it in place with dental cement.
Because a porcelain crown is custom made to fit your bite and match the color of your natural enamel, you can expect your crown to blend right in with your real teeth.
Porcelain crowns are strong, durable, and long-lasting, as long as you maintain excellent oral hygiene habits and go to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams.
Although the average lifespan of a well-maintained dental crown is about 15 years, you can expect your porcelain crown to last up to 30 years if you brush properly and floss twice a day, taking extra care to remove plaque from the area where the crown meets your gums.
If you’re in need of a dental crown, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.