Crowns are a full coverage porcelain option used to replace structurally compromised teeth, which may have been broken, damaged, previously root canaled or severely decayed. Crowns are effective solutions for both beautifying your smile as well as creating a durable, natural and functional smile.
Like porcelain veneers and composite bonding, at the NYCCD, crowns can now be made to look as real as natural teeth. Unlike removable devices such as dentures which you can take out and clean daily, crowns are attached permanently onto existing teeth.
Temporary crowns will be placed in your mouth for two weeks until the permanent crowns are sent back to us from the lab. At the subsequent appointment, the crowns are tried in to verify fit and aesthetics and only then are they cemented in permanently. With regular and routine dental care, crowns can last for several years and will always look natural during that time.
Our philosophy is to be as non-invasive as possible, so we only suggest a crown when a tooth is too badly broken down to support a bonding or veneer or if a pre-existing crown is to be replaced. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide you with a new replacement tooth. The porcelain used is similar to the material used for porcelain veneers, creating a life-like, natural appearance.
We may recommend a bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth to span the space where the teeth have been lost.