Teeth that have been severely damaged or decayed need to be replaced quickly. Severely chipped, cracked or broken teeth can make eating painful or difficult, affect the alignment of the bite and be visually distracting. Porcelain crowns offer full coverage to the damaged tooth and restore normal function and appearance. They are often used when veneers, composite bonding or other more conservative options are not sufficient.
What Are Porcelain Crowns Used For?
At East Tremont Dental there are several scenarios which may necessitate the placement of a porcelain crown. The most common is in the case of a broken or severely damaged tooth; in other words, a tooth that has suffered trauma or injury, has sustained extreme wear and tear or has been subjected to years of grinding. Crowns are similar to veneers in that they are placed over the surface of the teeth, but they are considerably sturdier than veneers and provide much-needed support.
Placing Porcelain Crowns
A patient must typically schedule two visits for crown placement. During the first visit, our Bronx dentists take impressions of the patient’s mouth and teeth and send them to the dental laboratory to craft the crown. After the crown has been finished, the patient returns to have it placed.
The customized crown is cemented into place using a strong adhesive bonding material. The crown is buffed and polished to look as natural as possible, and to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Crowns may be placed on the front or back teeth, depending on where they are needed. The material used may differ; for example, porcelain may be used on the more visible front teeth, while the molars (or back teeth) usually need crowns crafted from a stronger material, such as gold.
Benefits and Risks of Porcelain Crowns
It’s important to consider the risks and benefits of porcelain crowns during your decision-making process. Porcelain crowns last a long time with the proper upkeep and dental hygiene habits. They protect teeth that would otherwise be unable to function normally. Porcelain crowns are strong and durable, but vulnerable to excessive teeth clenching or grinding. Bronx porcelain crowns patients who grind or clench their teeth at night may need to explore their nighttime mouth guard options.
Do you need to reinforce a tooth that has suffered significant damage or decay? Learn more about your options with porcelain crowns by calling East Tremont Dental at (718) 823-3000.
Patients seeking an experienced dentist often visit the office of East Tremont Dental, led by Drs. Steinberger, Morhaim and Josen. The experienced dentists offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry treatments including porcelain veneers, dental crowns and dental implants in the Bronx. The practice is also recognized as a leading pediatric dentistry office, and offers sedation dentistry to patients who are apprehensive about dental treatment.
East Tremont Dental Assoc.
3875 East Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465