Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentists located in
Upper East Side, New York, NY
If you break a tooth or develop a deep cavity, a dental crown can prevent further damage and restore your smile to its near-original condition. At Gershon Dental, in New York City, Roger Gershon, DDS, and Andrew Gershon, DDS, offer same-day crowns to people of all ages. Thanks to the on-site CEREC milling machine, getting a new crown only takes a few hours. To make an appointment at the practice, call the office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or schedule online today.
What are crowns?
A dental crown is a synthetic cap bonded on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. Once placed, it covers the entire portion of your enamel that sits above the gum line. Crowns mimic the strength and appearance of your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene and routine checkups, they often last a decade or longer.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Gershon Dental uses crowns to:
- Cover dental implants
- Make cosmetic modifications
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Protect weak teeth from decay
- Restore damaged or fractured teeth
You might also need a crown following root canal therapy. A crown seals off your tooth and prevents harmful bacteria from entering it.
What are the types of dental crowns?
Gershon Dental offers several types of dental crowns, including:
Traditional dental crowns
A traditional dental crown envelops your entire tooth, restoring it to its near-original shape, size, and appearance. Gershon dental uses tooth-colored crowns that mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your enamel.
Onlays are crowns that only cover a portion of your tooth. This type of crown is particularly beneficial if your affected tooth still has a solid structure. Onlays require less preparation than traditional crowns but provide long-lasting results.
What does getting dental crowns involve?
At Gershon Dental, getting a dental crown only takes a single appointment.
Before recommending a crown, your provider conducts an oral exam, takes oral X-rays, and reviews your dental health history. If they determine you qualify, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Once you’re comfortable, they remove the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth and take a series of digital impressions.
Your Gershon Dental provider uploads your impressions to the on-site CEREC milling machine and designs a custom crown that fits your tooth perfectly. After finalizing a design, the machine creates your crown from a block of ceramic. You can read a book, take a nap, or scroll your phone while waiting.
When the machine finishes your new crown, your provider lines it up with your tooth and bonds it in place. Then, they polish it and provide you with care instructions.
Do crowns require regular maintenance?
To keep your crown in good working order, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. The providers at Gershon Dental recommend brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting the office every six months for professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam.
If you play contact sports, consider wearing a mouthguard. In addition, avoid bad habits like biting your nails, opening packaging with your teeth, or biting down on hard objects like popcorn kernels.
To learn more about crowns, make an appointment at Gershon Dental by calling the office, or scheduling online today.