Dental crowns are a helpful restorative dentistry option when you have a chipped or cracked tooth. Expert dentist Ovral Wynter, DDS, and her highly skilled team at New Roc Dental in New Rochelle, New York, can help restore and protect damaged teeth with dental crowns that look natural and can improve your smile. Call the office or schedule your appointment online for a crown consultation today.
A dental crown is a replacement tooth, but one that fits over the top of something like a cap. The something may be what’s left of the natural tooth, or it might be an implant designed to replace one that is missing.
A crown is specially made to fit each patient at New Roc Dental. That means Dr. Wynter uses a tooth replacement that’s just the right size and color to fill out each patient’s smile, so it doesn’t look awkward or out of place.
Dr. Wynter uses the crown as a restoration tool in a variety of circumstances. Crowns are typically associated with either dental implants or root canals, though.
With a root canal, Dr. Wynter drills a small hole to create an opening in the top of the tooth. That allows access to the infected pulp. After removing the diseased tissue, the dentist plugs the root and fills the opening. A crown placed on top of the tooth restores it.
Dental implants work to replace a tooth that is either missing or can’t be saved. Dr. Wynter embeds a post into the jaw and places a crown on top of it to serve as a new tooth.
In some cases, a crown is necessary to strengthen a weak tooth that is breaking apart. At New Roc Dental, the goal is always to save a natural tooth if possible. Placing a crown over an at-risk tooth can help.
Crowns work as anchors for dental bridges, as well. The two teeth on either side of the bridge must bear the weight of it. A crown is better able to manage that kind of stress than a natural tooth.
They vary in shape, size, and color based on the needs of the patient. They are also made from different kinds of material including:
Temporary crowns are made right in the office to cover a tooth until the permanent one comes in from the lab.
Dr. Wynter goes over the options with each patient to find a crown design that best fits their dental needs and personal choice for look and style.