Lifelike Dental Crowns
If you are suffering from a tooth with extensive decay, or you have experienced dental trauma, you may find that the tooth is no longer able to stand on its own. When a tooth needs extra support, a dental crown is typically the preferred treatment. Sometimes called a cap, a dental crown is a type of restoration that fits over the salvaged portion of a tooth to provide strength and protection. Dr. Eric Fisher is proud to provide dental crowns at his Plainview, NY, practice that are made of the highest quality materials.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown can restore the beauty and function of your tooth while also providing necessary support. Dental crowns are a single tooth restoration that have been around for decades. Of course, crown placement techniques and materials have improved tremendously since crowns were first used. Today’s crowns made of e.max® and high-grade porcelain mimic the sheen and translucency of natural enamel, making them virtually indistinguishable from your adjacent teeth.
You may find you need a dental crown if there is a need to:
- Reinforce a broken, fractured, or decayed tooth
- Replace a failed filling, crown, or other restoration
- Protect and strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
- Anchor a dental bridge
- Replace a missing tooth with a dental implant
- Hide cosmetic flaws, like a stained or misshapen tooth
How is a Crown Placed?
Your dental crown placement will typically require two dental visits. At the first appointment, Dr. Fisher will remove the structurally compromised or decayed portions of the tooth. He will then shape the remaining tooth so it can accommodate a dental crown. As a practice committed to using the latest dental technology, an advanced 3shape Trios machine will be used to take 3-D digital impressions of your tooth. This allows for the greatest levels of accuracy while obviating the need for messy and uncomfortable traditional impressions.
It will take approximately two weeks for your crown to be fabricated. Some patients choose to wear a temporary crown while they wait for their permanent restoration. When your new crown is ready, you will return to our practice and Dr. Fisher will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one. At this time, he will buff and clean the tooth structure. Finally, he will carefully place the crown over the tooth and cement it in place.
Maintaining Your Crown
Provided they are cared for properly, dental crowns can last for many years. To avoid dislodging your crown, avoid foods that are excessively hard or sticky, like hard candies or taffy. Patients should also exercise care when flossing around the restoration, being sure to use the method described by their dental office. Also, it is imperative to receive regular cleanings and exams with Dr. Fisher to extend the life of your crown and safeguard your overall oral health.
A dental crown can restore the beauty and function of your tooth while also providing necessary support.
Restore Your Smile with a Dental Crown
If you are suffering from a damaged tooth, you may be a candidate for a dental crown. Call our office at (800) 606-0003 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Fisher can help determine if a dental crown is the right treatment for you.