If you have a cracked or broken tooth, or if you need a root canal treatment, dental crowns can save your tooth, so it doesn’t have to be extracted. The dentists at East Village Dental Center in New York City use the latest digital CEREC® technology to make getting fitted for crowns simpler and faster than ever. Don’t risk losing your tooth by ignoring damage. Contact the helpful East Village Dental Center team by phone or online form today.
The crown of your tooth is the part that extends above your gums. Dental crowns are natural-looking false-tooth caps — made of porcelain, gold, or both — that cover the crown of your tooth to reinforce it and repair damage. Dental crowns can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted.
Cracked, chipped, and broken teeth are susceptible to infection. Bacteria that get into your tooth from a crack, hole, or chip can infect the inner core of your tooth, known as the pulp. An infection in the pulp can spread down into the root canals and even into your gums and jawbone.
Dental crowns cover damaged teeth, keeping your pulp, root canals, gums, and bone safe. When you get a dental crown, your natural tooth — including its roots — stays in place. Keeping your natural tooth is almost always a better, healthier strategy than extracting and replacing it.
If your tooth, gums, and jawbone are healthy enough for a dental crown, your East Village Dental Center dentist reshapes your tooth so that it can accept a dental crown. Then, using high-tech Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) technology, they take a digital impression of your tooth. CEREC also measures the shade of your surrounding teeth so that your crown looks natural and blends right into your smile.
They send this digital impression to a dental lab. While the lab custom-designs your permanent crown, you wear a temporary crown to keep your tooth safe.
Once your crown is ready, your dentist checks the fit and then cements the crown in place. You come back in a couple of weeks to be sure your crown is still fitting and functioning perfectly.
Once your permanent crown is in place, you take care of it just as you did your natural tooth. Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled brush, using gentle, sweeping motions. Floss between your teeth and under your gums at least once a day. See your East Village Dental Center dentist for a biannual checkup and professional cleaning.
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental crowns, contact East Village Dental Center by phone or online form.