Dental Crowns – New York, NY

A Trusted Solution for Damaged or Decayed Teeth

Do you have a tooth that has sustained major damage or decay? Restorative dentistry is the answer to help you recover a healthy smile. Specifically, dental crowns provide a trusted solution for damaged or decayed teeth. At FS Dental Arts, Dr. Sanchez utilizes tooth-colored porcelain to ensure the most natural-looking result without sacrificing durability. Contact our team to schedule a consultation!

Why Choose FS Dental Arts For Dental Crowns?

  • Dental Insurance Covers Crowns 50-80 Percent
  • Metal-Free Restorations Result In Improved Esthetics
  • Treatment Focuses On Conserving Tooth Enamel

What Is a Dental Crown?

Closeup of dental crowns in New York

A dental crown is a customized cap placed on top of a damaged tooth. It is used to protect, cover, and restore the shape of your tooth when a filling will not solve the problem. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, but porcelain is a popular choice for its natural appearance. They typically do not require special care over time other than good oral hygiene.

The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. There is an array of potential reasons you might need a dental crown, such as protecting a weak tooth from breaking, restoring a broken tooth, holding a dental bridge in place, covering a dental implant, shielding a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal, and covering a tooth that is misshapen or discolored.

The Process of Getting Dental Crowns

3D illustration Dental crowns in New York

You will typically have two appointments to get dental crowns in New York. During the first visit, the tooth that’s going to receive the crown is examined and prepared. X-rays are taken of the tooth and the bone around it.

Once your dentist determines that you do not need a root canal before your crown procedure, they will file the tooth down across the top and sides to create space. The amount of tooth filed depends on the type of crown you are getting. If too much of your tooth is missing, a filling material can be used to build sufficient tooth structure.

Then, an impression is made of the tooth receiving the crown and the tooth below it so as not to affect your bite. The impressions are sent to a lab and in the 2-3 weeks to follow, you will wear a temporary crown prepared by your dentist in New York. On the second visit, the temporary one is removed, and your permanent crown is cemented in place!

The Benefits of Dental Crowns

cartoon of Dental crowns in New York

The primary benefit of a dental crown is that it can restore your damaged or broken tooth to full function. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A crown can improve your appearance since it matches the color and texture of other teeth. If your teeth have changed over the years due to nighttime grinding (bruxism), crowns and a nightguard can revitalize and safeguard your smile.

If you require a large filling or a root canal, a crown can provide strength and protection for that tooth. A crown can add stability to a dental bridge while protecting surrounding teeth. Also, consider that a dental crown can last 5-15 years and perhaps more depending on the material and your oral hygiene habits, plus getting one is a relatively simple process as mentioned above.

Dental Crowns FAQs

woman smiling with dental crowns in New York

Do you have a tooth that’s moderately to severely decayed or damaged? If so, a dental crown is one of the best solutions for restoring your smile. These porcelain caps will provide the protection and strength your tooth needs to survive, that way you can enjoy the full use of your bite. Even so, you might be wondering what you should expect from the treatment and want to be well-informed before committing to any work. Our team at FS Dental Arts has compiled and responded to some of the most common questions we get about this restoration option. Read on or give us a call today to learn more about dental crowns in New York!

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Within several days of getting your permanent crown placed, it should start feeling ever more natural. Your new tooth will be specifically designed based on impressions that we take of your smile. This will allow your restoration to feel flush upon your prepared tooth and match seamlessly with the rest of your pearly whites. Also, your dental crown will be made out of durable porcelain material that can withstand the excessive pressure from everyday chewing, just like your natural enamel. You’ll be able to comfortably eat your favorite foods for many years to come.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Similar to getting a filling, our team will make sure to completely numb the tooth we’ll be working on before starting any work on your procedure. Though you shouldn’t experience any discomfort throughout the treatment itself, you might feel mild sensitivity in your tooth for a few days afterward. This is especially so if you also underwent a root canal. That said, these sensations are short-lived and can easily be managed by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. But if the situation worsens, be sure to contact us right away.

Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

Dental crowns are not made of the same organic material as the rest of your pearly whites, so it’s impossible for them to develop cavities. This doesn’t mean, however, that the underlying tooth is invulnerable to decay. A crowned tooth is just as susceptible to this as an uncrowned one. Without proper oral hygiene, you may end up at risk of allowing bacteria and plaque to accumulate around the gumline where the tooth meets your restoration. The germs can then slip underneath the crown and wreak havoc. To avoid complications like cavities, make sure to brush, floss, rinse with mouthwash, and visit your dentist routinely for checkups and cleanings every six months.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

While your dental crowns are durable and long-lasting, they aren’t considered a permanent solution for restoring your tooth. You’ll eventually have to replace it, but you can expect it to protect your tooth as far as 5 to 15 years before then. The only irreversible part of this treatment is the preparation of the underlying tooth, as we’ll have to reshape your enamel, which won’t grow back on its own. This means you’ll require a crown going forward. Fortunately, your restoration will help prevent any further damage to your tooth, allowing it to survive much longer than it would have without it.