Dental crowns are applied to damaged and cosmetically flawed teeth to restore strength and aesthetics to the tooth. Our practice uses only non-metallic crowns in order to maximize the cosmetic benefits offered by modern dental crowns. Our zirconia crowns are free of metal and are translucent so they closely resemble natural teeth, even under careful examination. Dental crowns are an effective cosmetic treatment that simultaneously serves to strengthen and protect the teeth.
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, you can enjoy metal-free, all-porcelain crowns and bridges that blend in seamlessly with your smile. With these restorations, you do not have to worry about the metal showing through your teeth over time.
Restoring lost or damaged teeth is vital to protecting the health of surrounding teeth as well as preserving the structure of the jaw bone. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we believe that dental restorations should be strong enough to withstand general wear and tear in addition to being naturally attractive so that the appearance of the smile is enhanced. We achieve this balance of strength and beauty by offering dental crowns and bridges at our Long Island practice that are composed entirely of porcelain. These all-porcelain restorations restore full oral function without looking artificial or out of place among the natural teeth.
There are several materials that can be used to fabricate dental crowns and bridges. At our practice, we choose to provide our patients with dental restorations that are completely free of metal. While many practices rely on metal for the strength it offers, we are able to achieve a stronger and more durable restoration without compromising the appearance of crowns and bridges with unsightly metal. Instead we provide our patients with dental crowns and bridges composed entirely of porcelain. More specifically, we prefer restorations fabricated with zirconia. Zirconia restorations offer our patients the following benefits:
- Superior strength and durability
- Ability to withstand pressure in both the front and back of the mouth
- Often requires less tooth removal than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
- Displays translucency that makes the tooth appear natural
- Can be customized by color, shape, and size to improve the appearance of the tooth
For our Long Island patients, both dental crowns and bridges are restorations that can successfully restore strength and function to the teeth. However, the restoration that will be most appropriate depends on each patient’s individual case.
Dental crowns fit over the tooth to surround and protect the entire surface area. It is much like a small cap for the tooth. Dental crowns are often an ideal dental restoration for teeth that have suffered from severe decay, traumatic injury, or general wear and tear. Dental crowns, done properly, have few risks and many benefits. Because dental crowns drastically improve the appearance of the tooth, they are also appropriate for teeth with severe aesthetic flaws. For teeth in poor condition, damaged tooth enamel will be removed, and the dental crown will be placed over the remaining tooth structure to replace lost material.
Dental crowns may also be used to replace missing teeth by being anchored to dental implants. Whether they are being used to repair a damaged tooth or replacing a lost tooth, dental crowns improve oral health and enhance the strength and beauty of the smile. The cost of dental crowns is unique for each patient, and our team can help you understand what you will pay.
Dental bridges are restorations used to address tooth loss. Whether a single tooth or multiple consecutive teeth have been lost, a dental bridge can “bridge” the span of missing teeth with a single restorative piece that is made to resemble a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental bridge can be secured to the teeth with either dental implants or dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap left by lost teeth. The cost of your dental bridge depends upon the material it is made from, it’s size, and more. With a dental bridge in place, function is restored to the mouth and the appearance of the smile is dramatically improved. Our team can help you learn more about dental bridges and their many benefits.
If your smile has been compromised by damage or tooth loss, our dentists can determine whether dental crowns or bridges can best meet your dental needs and goals. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at your earliest convenience to learn more about dental crowns and bridges.
Dental crowns are one of the most trusted restorative dentistry procedures available. If you have a structurally damaged or severely decayed tooth, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti, Dr. James Albanese, or Dr. Jennifer Moore can repair it with one of these custom-fabricated, tooth-shaped caps. Crowns have enormous benefits for your dental health, and when the experienced dentists at 4Excellence in Dentistry place them, they carry very few risks. To learn more about the benefits and risks of dental crowns, schedule a consultation at our Long Island practice today.
After your dentist determines that a crown is the best way to restore your smile, he or she will numb the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Then the dentist will remove any infection and gently reshape the outer structure of the tooth to accommodate the restoration. Once this process is complete, impressions will be taken of your tooth and sent to an offsite lab. Skilled ceramists will then create a customized restoration to match your smile. When your permanent crown is received at our office, you will return for your second visit. At this time, the dentist will check the fit of your restoration and attach it to your tooth using dental cement.
There are a number of reasons that a crown may be the optimal way to restore your tooth. The advantages of crowns include:
- Wide range of uses: Crowns have many restorative functions. They can repair a broken or cracked tooth, cover a large filling, and strengthen a weakened tooth. In some cases, they can even enhance the appearance of your smile. For example, your dentist may recommend a crown to cover a severely misshapen tooth.
- Complements additional restorative treatments: Typically, your dentist will complete a root canal by placing a crown to restore the function and appearance of your tooth. Additionally, certain types of crowns can support dental bridges and fill the gap left by a missing tooth.
- Aesthetics: Crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth, and high quality porcelain and zirconia materials reflect light similarly to natural dental enamel. Thanks to advanced fabrication techniques, dental crowns are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Whenever possible, your dentist will try to save your healthy tooth structure, which is the best prevention against the jawbone deterioration that results from missing teeth. In many cases, a dental crown may be the best way to prevent tooth loss.
Crowns have been used for years, and newer technologies have made them safer and more realistic than ever. However, as with all dental procedures, there are some risks, including:
- Improper placement: If the dentist does not shape your tooth or place your crown correctly, the restoration may come off or cause discomfort.
- Decay under the crown: Though rare, decay can occur if your dentist does not follow proper placement procedures, or it can also result from poor dental hygiene.
When you receive your crown at 4Excellence in Dentistry, these risks are extremely unlikely. Thanks to our dentists’ years of experience and artistic approach to treatment, you can benefit from renewed dental function, an improved smile, minimal discomfort, and a quick recovery.
To learn more about the risks and benefits of dental crowns, and how they can restore your smile, contact 4Excellence in Dentistry today.
If you have a damaged, decayed, or misshapen tooth, a dental crown can be invaluable in restoring your bite and the appearance of your smile. Crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that are placed over unhealthy or flawed teeth. Drs. Lewis Ricciuti, James Albanese, and Jennifer Moore offer high quality, customized crowns that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Because we individualize treatment for each of our patients, the cost of dental crowns varies from case to case. At our Long Island practice, our experienced dentists can make your treatment affordable, as well as effective. To learn more about the cost of crowns, contact our office today.
Crowns can be used for a variety of cosmetic and restorative applications, including:
- Strengthening a weakened tooth
- Repairing a cracked tooth
- Covering a large filling
- Hiding severe stains or surface irregularities
- Strengthening a tooth that has been weakened by root canal therapy
- Supporting a dental bridge
After determining that a crown is the best way to restore or enhance your smile, your dentist will slightly alter the structure of your tooth to create a stable base for the restoration. Once your tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take impressions, which ceramists will use to fabricate your custom-made crown. During a second appointment, your dentist will check its fit and securely attach the restoration.
Although some crowns can be made of metal, at 4Excellence in Dentistry, we prefer all-porcelain restorations. Porcelain can be matched to the natural color of your teeth, while protecting the appearance of your smile for years to come. We also offer crowns made from zirconia, an advanced type of dental porcelain that can be as strong and durable as metal. In fact, with proper care and dental hygiene, zirconia crowns can last for decades. Additionally, zirconia is specially fabricated to reflect light like natural dental enamel, giving your crowns a lifelike sparkle.
Determining Treatment Cost
The cost of your restorative treatment will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Crown type: The material you choose will largely impact the cost of your treatment. Remember that although zirconia costs more upfront, these crowns usually last longer, ultimately making them an economical choice.
- Combined procedures: Your dentist will often place a crown in conjunction with another treatment, such as a filling or a root canal. These additional procedures will also affect the total cost of your treatment.
- Implant options: We proudly offer implant-supported crowns, widely considered to be the most durable and realistic type of restoration. Although dental implants cost more than other restorative options, like dental bridges, their incredible durability and natural look and feel make them an invaluable investment in your oral health.
Because crowns are so important to your oral health, your dental insurance will typically cover at least part of the cost of your treatment. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we will file your claim and follow up with your health care provider. If you need financial assistance, or if you do not have dental insurance, we offer several in-house financing options. Be sure to ask about our fixed interest plans.
To learn more about the cost of dental crowns, schedule your free consultation at 4Excellence in Dentistry today.