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Although crowns can't decay, maintaining good dental hygiene is still important. Taking care of crowns you've gotten at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics is simple, but knowing the best practices helps make sure that they'll last for years to come, saving you money, time, and discomfort in the process. Dr. Terry Lim, your cosmetic dentist in Katonah, New York, offers some tips for his patients with crowns in this post.
When you're wearing a crown, the natural tooth is completely covered. This doesn't mean, however, that the crown is a complete barrier from decay. As you know, bacteria are microscopic, which means that it can find its way under a crown and cause a cavity to develop. That's why good brushing habits are so important. Your Katonah dentist recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to carefully brush for two minutes twice a day. Many people with restorations such as crowns find that it's easier and more efficient to use electric toothbrushes to gently scrub and polish the teeth.
Healthy gums are vital to your overall dental health. Keeping your gums clean ensures that your teeth and any restorations you have remain stable; advanced gum disease can cause bone loss and loosening of the teeth. However, you may have found that flossing isn't quite as easy now that you have crowns. That's because crowns can slightly narrow the spaces between the teeth. To offset this change, your Katonah dentist suggests flossing with a threader. A threader is a thin, blunt plastic needle-like tool with floss attached to the opposite end; it assists in guiding the floss between the teeth. Water flossers, which are often included with electric toothbrushes, also make the process easier.
As always, visits twice a year to your dentist ensure the longevity of not only your crowns but your natural teeth as well!
For any questions about this post, or to make an appointment with Dr. Lin, contact Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah at (914) 232-8190.
Your Katonah, NY, cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Terry Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Implant dentistry improves your appearance and also provides a few other benefits.
How tooth loss affects you
Our society places great importance on a full, healthy smile. If you're missing teeth, revealing your changed smile to the world may be the last thing you want to do. Eventually, you may notice a decrease in self-confidence and self-esteem that affects your personal or professional life.
In addition to the obvious change to your appearance, tooth loss may also:
- Make Eating Difficult: Biting, grinding, tearing and chewing food can become more challenging after you lose teeth.
- Affect Your Diet: Eating a variety of foods may not be possible depending on the number of teeth you've lost. If you limit your diet to soft foods, you may not receive the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
- Cause Wear and Tear on Your Other Teeth: Your upper and lower teeth work together when you chew. If one or more teeth are missing, other teeth must take over for them. These teeth may soon become to show premature signs of wear and tear or damage.
- Change the Alignment of Your Other Teeth: Teeth often shift after tooth loss. If they begin to drift and overlap, your appearance and your bite can be affected.
- Alter Your Speech: Teeth are essential for clear speech. After tooth loss, you may find it hard to pronounce certain words or sounds.
Dental implants can restore your smile
Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently change your smile, thanks to dental implants. Implants replace your tooth roots and are connected to dental crowns to create brand new permanent teeth.
At your first dental implant appointment in the Katonah dental office, tiny titanium posts will be placed in openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts will bond to your jawbone and serve as the roots for your new teeth.
The dental crowns attached to the top of the implants are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth look perfectly natural. Single implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures can replace any number of missing teeth.
Dental implants improve your appearance and self-confidence and allow you to eat your favorite foods with ease.
Implant dentistry helps you fill the gaps in your smile! Call your Katonah, NY, dentist, Dr. Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, at (914) 232-8190 to schedule your appointment.
Here in Katonah, NY, your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Terry Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, helps people re-imagine their smiles and foster best oral health. Would you like to be proud of your teeth and gums and smile with confidence? If so, Dr. Lin can devise the cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that is perfect for you!
Talk the plan
A smile makeover begins with a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Lin during which you will discuss how you wish to improve your personal appearance. Do you want to brighten your smile? Do you have missing or crooked teeth? Are surface defects detracting from your self-confidence?
Whatever the issue, we can perform a complete examination with state-of-the-art imaging so as to determine what's possible to accomplish with your smile. With a cosmetic dentistry plan in place—one which fits your schedule and your budget—you can steadily move toward that rejuvenated smile!
What treatments are available to you at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics?
Beautiful and lifelike porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays, veneers, dental implants, dentures, and bridgework are just some of the treatments Dr. Lin specializes in. Here are some details:
A porcelain crown, for example, replaces damaged tooth structure with a customized cap of high-quality ceramic. Precisely milled and colored to fit your dentition, a crown is a great alternative to large fillings or dental extraction. Inlays and onlays are partial crowns that address defects and decay on primarily molars and premolars.
Porcelain veneers are shell-shaped laminates made of tooth-colored ceramic. They permanently camouflage larger enamel defects on teeth in the front of the mouth.
For missing teeth, Dr. Lin often places state-of-the-art dental implants. Artificial from root to crown, dental implants improve biting, chewing, personal appearance, and bone health. He can combine them to support bridges and dentures, too, for maximum oral function.
Find out more
With the help of cosmetic dentistry, you can eliminate your smile gaps, stains, and poor oral functionality. Call Dr. Terry Lin's office in Katonah, NY, today to arrange your consultation: (914) 232-8190.
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!