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Dental Crowns

Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dentistry located in Hartsdale, NY

Do you have a damaged tooth that doesn’t function well or match the look of your other teeth? Larry Honigman, DDS, and the skilled team at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental services for individuals in and around Hartsdale, New York. When you need a dental crown, come to Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry. To find out if a crown is the right restoration for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a “cap” that is custom made to fit over your tooth. Your provider uses a crown to restore your tooth’s structure and function. 

When decay or damage compromise a tooth, a crown is necessary to restore its function and save it. Your dentist may use a crown for:

  • A cracked, chipped, or damaged tooth
  • A tooth with a root canal
  • An excessively decayed tooth

Crowns allow your dentist to restore the aesthetic and structural elements of your smile with a nearly indistinguishable restoration. 

What types of crowns are there?

Though most dental offices use porcelain or composite resin crowns, crowns can be made out of various materials, including gold, stainless steel, metal, and ceramic. 

That being said, the providers at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry use natural-looking porcelain crowns to complete their restorations. 

What happens during an appointment to place a crown?

The dentists at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry thoroughly assess your mouth, teeth, and gums to evaluate the overall health of your mouth. They use a thin needle to make tiny injections in the gums that surround the tooth.

When your mouth is fully numb, you’ll recline and relax while your provider prepares your tooth for the crown. Once the root canal or other work is complete, an impression is made so the crown can be built to precisely fit the affected tooth.

Your dentist fits the tooth with a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready for installation. In two to four weeks, you return to Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry for a second appointment to place the permanent crown.

How long do crowns last?

After your temporary crown, you receive what is called a permanent crown. But whether it lasts your entire life depends on numerous factors, like the type of material used and the accumulation of wear and tear over time. On average, most crowns last between five and 15 years.

You can prolong your crown's life by refraining from chewing ice or hard candy, wearing a night guard if you grind your teeth, and maintaining a thorough dental hygiene routine.

When you need a dental crown to restore your tooth’s function or form, turn to the knowledgeable team at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry. For more information, call the office today or book an appointment online today.