Bella Smiles has a dentist office located in Nesconset, NY, and is led by a talented dental team. Our office offers many treatments to restore your oral health. We offer dental crowns to fix structurally unsound teeth. A dental crown, or tooth cap, is a popular restorative dentistry treatment that will encase the entire tooth like a cap, protecting it from further damage. Your dentist can use a tooth crown for cosmetic purposes as well.
Our dentists may recommend a dental crown to address:
- Discolored teeth
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Restore a missing tooth along with a dental implant
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Cracked teeth
Porcelain Dental Crowns
While we do offer a variety of materials to fabricate a dental crown, we often recommend a porcelain or ceramic crown. This type of tooth cap is durable and will look more like a natural tooth compared to other materials. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing option but ultimately your dentist will recommend the material that is best for you.
Dental Crown Process
At the first crown appointment, your Nesconset, NY dentist will need to prepare the tooth receiving the new tooth crown. They will remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth as well as a small amount of additional tooth structure. This is necessary to create room for the dental crown. We will take several dental impressions and the dental lab will use them to fabricate the custom dental restoration.
We will place a temporary cap on the tooth to protect it until the final crown is ready. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our dentist office where your dentist will attach the permanent dental crown. They will make any necessary adjustments and secure it for a lasting fit.
You may experienced some sensitivity after we place the crown. This is completely normal and should subside shortly. It may take some time for the crown to settle properly in the mouth which may lead to a little soreness. If you experience pain while biting, however, this could be a sign that the crown is tooth high on the tooth. If you experience this, we can easily fix that with a short follow up appointment.
I’m having issues with my crown. What should I do?
Dental Crowns made of porcelain can sometimes get small chips in them. This is typically not a dental emergency, but you should schedule an appointment to have it looked at. Your Nesconset, NY dentist will be able to fix a small chip. However, we may need to replace a larger chip on the crown.
On rare occasions, a crown can fall out if it is not placed correctly. If this happens, you should contact us immediately. We will give you specific directions on how to care for your tooth. We will also schedule an appointment and get you in as soon as possible. If your dentist is unable to cement the crown back in place, we will make a new one.
If the crown is just loose, please call us as soon as possible so that we can fix it. While not an immediate emergency, it is important to have it cemented again as soon as possible. A loose crown allows bacteria to enter which can lead to decay.
The best way to avoid issues with your dental crown is with consistent at home oral care and regular dental check ups.
Call our Nesconset, NY dentist office at (631) 228-8780 or request a consultation online to learn more about dental crowns. Our dental care team will help you find the right treatment to fix your tooth. Additionally, we are available to answer any questions about dental insurance and payment options.