A broken tooth is no fun occurrence, especially if it results in a toothache. Unfortunately, if left untreated, this situation can only go from bad to worse. A dental crown can protect your damaged tooth after treatment and ensure that the chances of future damage are slim. Find out more about dental crowns and why you may need them with Dr. Terry Lin at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY.
Why would I need a dental crown?
A dental crown can accomplish several things, from restoring a tooth to improving its appearance. Some more of the most common uses for dental crowns include:
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling, usually after a root canal
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to work with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- to prevent further damage to a weakened tooth
- to restore the biting surface of a tooth
What can I expect from a dental crown procedure?
Most crown procedures require two separate phases to complete. This is due to the dental laboratory that creates the crown requiring about two weeks to customize the restoration. The first phase of your crowning process will include your dentist preparing your tooth for the crown and taking an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory uses the impression to design your crown to ensure it fits perfectly into your smile. Phase two takes place after the dental laboratory returns your final restoration. Your dentist will check the fit and ensure that the crown does not need any last minute adjustments. Then, your dentist permanently bonds the crown onto your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Katonah, NY
Porcelain dental crowns are a safe and common procedure which can restore the functionality and aesthetic value of your smile. Crowns often work in conjunction with other dental procedures like bridges or dental implants. Your dentist can help you find the best dental treatments for you and your smile.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Terry Lin at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY. Call (914) 232-8190 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lin today!