Porcelain Crowns

Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side & Kips Bay, New York, NY

Whether you have dental imperfections you want to cover or need to protect a weakened or damaged tooth, dental crowns might be an excellent solution for you. At Bar and Smith Dental, in Kips Bay and the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, apply custom-made crowns to protect your teeth and give you a beautiful, healthy smile. Call or make an appointment online today to find out if crowns are right for you.

Porcelain Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Dental crowns are often called caps because they cover a tooth entirely like a cap covers the top of your head. Crowns are available in several varieties — you can choose from porcelain or ceramic, metal, or a combination of porcelain over metal for strength, durability, and a natural appearance.

Why would I need a dental crown?

The dentists at Bar and Smith Dental recommend dental crowns for several different cosmetic and restorative purposes. Some of the uses of crowns include:

  • Cover cracked or broken teeth
  • Protect teeth severely weakened by decay
  • Protect teeth treated with a root canal
  • Secure a dental bridge
  • Cover unevenly shaped or sized teeth
  • Cover severely discolored teeth
  • Reduce the gap between teeth
  • Top a dental implant

If you’re interested in a dental crown for either cosmetic or restorative purposes, visit Bar and Smith Dental for a consultation and exam to find out if they’re right for you.

What is the process of getting a crown?

In most cases, your dentist can apply your crown in two visits. During your first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth for the crown by removing a thin layer of enamel from your tooth.

They take impressions and pictures of your tooth to send to the dental lab that manufactures your custom crown. Your dentist fits a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be ready.

Then, during your second visit, your dentist replaces the temporary crown with your permanent crown. They check the fit and your bite before bonding the crown to your tooth and buffing it until it shines like your natural teeth.

How should I take care of my crown?

You can take care of your crown the same way you take care of your natural teeth — brush for two minutes at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also avoid chewing on hard candy, ice, or nonfood items that can damage crowns as well as natural teeth.

While your crown isn’t vulnerable to decay or discoloration, you still need to have routine dental checkups and cleanings so your dentist can keep an eye on the rest of your teeth and your overall oral health.

Call Bar and Smith Dental or make an appointment online today to find out if a dental crown is the right treatment to protect and improve your smile.