Compared to composite fillings, which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren't able to repair the problem. The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth. They can also help restore a tooth to its original shape, are used commonly for teeth that have been broken. While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.
How it's done:
The first visit to your Queens cosmetic dentist involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown. Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After Dr. Davantzis reshapes your tooth, he will use a special material to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, Dr. Davantzis will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits.
When you return, we will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. The temporary crown will be removed and the new permanent one will be fitted. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, the comfort and color of the crown will be ensured and confirmed.
To find out if porcelain crowns are the right choice for you, call the office of your Queens cosmetic dentist today at (718) 279-9700 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.