A crown covers your tooth after it has been damaged, restoring its full appearance and function. Crowns are the go-to restoration after root canal treatment, too. At 88 Smile Designs in Mount Vernon, New York, a dedicated dental care team is ready to restore your tooth with a full-coverage crown made just for you. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
A crown is a porcelain or ceramic restoration that covers all the surface area of your tooth. Crowns conceal cosmetic problems and protect your tooth from new damage.
They’re sturdy and long-lasting, so after a crown procedure you can chew food normally without worry.
Your 88 Smile Designs dentist might recommend a crown for several different situations, including:
Crowns are predominantly functional restorations, although they’re certainly attractive-looking as well.
Crowns and veneers have a few key differences, in particular, their shape. While crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover your whole tooth, veneers are panels shaped like the front of your tooth. Veneers are thinner than crowns, but they’re still opaque enough to conceal damage.
Veneers are usually only for the teeth that show when you smile, and they’re considered a cosmetic restoration only. In contrast, crowns mainly focus on adding strength and durability.
Veneers are a more conservative restoration that’s often appropriate for issues like gaps between the front teeth or chipped front teeth, but they can’t replace a crown after a root canal or serious damage.
The crown process has multiple steps, which happen over one or two appointments. Your 88 Smile Designs dentist begins by removing the outermost tooth enamel layers, along with any damage from decay.
If you have too little tooth structure after this, your dentist can rebuild the core of your tooth using restorative materials.
Then, your dentist makes a mold of your tooth and uses it to create a custom crown. If you're not getting a same-day crown, your 88 Smiles Dentist places a temporary crown at that time.
When your final crown is ready, your 88 Smile Designs dentist places it and checks your crown for fit, stability, and appearance. After making any final adjustments, your dentist applies dental bonding material to cement your crown into place permanently.
Want to find out if a crown is a right solution for you? Call 88 Smile Designs or book an appointment online today.