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A lost or broken tooth is a traumatic experience on its own. Missing teeth can cause pain, bite problems, and embarrassment. So let Midtown dentist Dr. Marc Beshar gently repair dental crowns and dental bridges — a proven, painless way to enhance your smile.
Dr. Beshar, conveniently located near Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle, has more than 20 years of experience shaping, molding, and fitting dental crowns and bridges to look and feel like natural teeth. Dental crowns add strength and protection to weak teeth. We use special porcelain dental crowns which match the color of your teeth and cover the entire tooth.
Dr. Beshar carefully inspects each dental crown to ensure proper fit and spacing and listens to patients as they express their concerns about the procedure and their comfort.
Do I Need A Dental Crown Or Dental Implant?
Porcelain dental crowns provide your mouth with the strength and functionality you are used to. Dental crowns are generally used if you have:
- A cracked tooth
- A root canal treatment
- Ground down teeth where the structural integrity is compromised
- Silver caps or multiple silver fillings in the same tooth to make your mouth more flattering
- A weak tooth that’s been damaged by tooth decay
- A severely worn or damaged tooth
Permanent crowns don’t last forever. A dental cap/dental crown can wear out or suffer damage. A chipped crown or a loose crown should be replaced.
If your crown feels loose, or if your crown falls off, please contact us today.
What Is The Process For Getting A Permanent Crown?
A traditional crown procedure involves two steps. The dentist uses a mold to make a temporary crown. That crown can be made and fitted in one visit while a dental company works on a permanent crown.
That process may take two weeks. Under local anesthetic, the dentist places the new crown on the prepared tooth, perhaps after adding tooth structure to support the crown. Crowns can be made in a single day with modern technology, so you only need to visit your dentist’s office once.
With new technology, the dental crown procedure has been streamlined, eliminating temporary dental crowns. Dr. Beshar uses CEREC technology to make beautiful esthetic and strong crowns in one day.
The teeth are scanned with a computer wand, so there are no mouth-full-of-goop impressions and no temporary crown to fall out in between dental visits – because it is all done in our dental office in a single day!
A newly-crowned tooth should cause little or no pain after a brief recovery period. Temporary crowns might cause heat and cold sensitivity. Monitor your gum tissue for signs of gum disease around the tooth. Healthy teeth need daily care. After crown placement, so use good oral hygiene practices.
Are There Alternatives To Porcelain Crowns?
Many types of crowns, or dental caps, exist, some of which don’t cover all of the underlying teeth. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials:
- metal (steel or gold)
- all-ceramic crowns
- porcelain fused to metal
- all-porcelain crowns
The best type of crown down to a few factors. Location, front or back teeth, matters. Durability is another. Some materials don’t look like normal teeth. Metal-on-ceramic will look unnatural if the metal base shows near the gum line.
If natural tooth color is desired, porcelain fused, ceramic, or all-porcelain crown looks natural. A stainless steel crown will always look like metal. Gold crowns look like gold teeth. A child’s primary tooth will get pushed out by a permanent tooth, so affordable stainless steel is a great option.
Resin crowns aren’t as tough as metal but can cause less wear than metal or porcelain. Metal or resin crowns rarely chip, but metal crowns still look like metal. Metal crowns rarely chip, though.
Cosmetic dentistry can also treat severely discolored teeth with porcelain veneers, overlays, and 3/4 crowns. Make an appointment today so we can go over your options.
What Is The Difference Between A Dental Crown And A Dental Bridge?
A dental crown is used when there is damage to a single tooth, whereas a dental bridge replaces a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A bridge is usually attached to an existing tooth or dental implant and actually “bridges” the gap between surrounding teeth. Because it’s anchored to your existing teeth or dental implants, a bridge looks and feels natural.
A simple brushing and flossing regimen can help maintain your porcelain bridge, making it a simpler option than dentures.
Whether you end up needing a crown or a bridge, please don’t delay. Your dental health may depend on getting that procedure. During your visit, we will be happy to discuss payment options. Check with your dental insurance provider to see if they cover the dental crown cost in whole or in part.
Are you considering a dental crown or a bridge? We will be happy to explain everything. Set up an appointment to discuss dental crowns at our Midtown dental office.
Our dental practice strictly follows American Dental Association guidelines.
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