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Protect cracked, damaged teeth for life with dental crowns.
You’ve waited all week for it: date night! You’re about to go with your sweetie to catch the latest movie and you’ve pulled out all the stops: popcorn, drinks and candy. You get settled in ready to watch this action-packed flick when you crunch down on a kernel. Ouch! Now you’re dealing with a chipped or broken tooth. Now what? We are sorry to say it but you’ll need to give your date a rain check and then see our Katonah, NY, prosthodontist Dr. Terry Lin for immediate care.
A dental crown is a restoration that is made to look just like a real tooth. The restorative “cap” is hollow, which allows it to completely cover a tooth and protect it all the way down to the gums. Each crown is custom made based on the measurements and shade of your natural teeth, so that the crown fits right in and looks just like the rest of your natural smile once it’s placed. Our Katonah, NY, cosmetic dentist prides himself on creating lifelike crowns for patients of all ages, from children to seniors.
When Dental Crowns are Used
Crowns are one of the most versatile restorations we offer and can be used to address a wide range of issues. If a tooth has a very large and old dental filling the filling may no longer be able to fully support the tooth. To prevent the tooth from fracturing or weakening as a result, our dentist will remove the filling and then place a dental crown over the tooth to provide it with more ample protection and support.
A crown is most often used to improve a tooth’s durability, functionality, and appearance. If a tooth just happens to be misshapen or malformed, a crown can also be placed over it to change the shape, size, and color. Sometimes crowns are even used to hold a dental bridge firmly in place or to cover a dental implant. From treating tooth loss to improving how your teeth function, crowns can do it all.
Do you have questions about dental crowns, implants or the other restorative treatments Dr. Lin and his team offer? If so, call Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, today at (914) 232-8190 to schedule a consultation.
Dental implants not only restore your missing teeth but also provide a few other benefits for your smile. The popular cosmetic dentistry option is among the treatments and procedures offered by your Katonah, NY, cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Terry Lin.
Dental implants boost your self-confidence
Self-confidence and self-esteem issues are common after tooth loss. In fact, you may be reluctant to socialize or apply for new jobs after you lose a tooth. Implants fill the gaps in your smile, restoring your normal appearance and boosting your confidence level.
Implants make eating easier
Have you stopped eating certain foods because it's difficult for you to tear or bite food due to your missing teeth? If you don't restore your teeth, you may be at risk of developing nutritional deficiencies. Fortunately, once you receive your implant, you'll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods once again.
Dental implants offer a comfortable restoration option
Dentures and bridges don't always feel completely natural. It may be harder to chew some foods with these restorations, or you may notice that your dentures tend to slip occasionally when you eat. That's not the case with dental implants. Since the implants are securely bonded to your jawbone, they won't budge when you eat or speak.
Dental implants are versatile
Other restoration options have limits but not dental implants. You can use implants to replace any number of missing teeth. Although they're often used to restore just one missing tooth, your Katonah dentist may also suggest dental implants if you've lost all of your teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are attached to four or more implants or a metal framework attached to directly to the implants. They're a more comfortable alternative to traditional dentures and won't significantly decrease your biting power.
Implants help you look younger
Tooth loss can cause your jaw to shrink. The problem, called resorption, occurs when a portion of your jawbone no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots. If resorption is severe, your lower face may begin to sag, making you look older. Implants press on your jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! If you're interested in this cosmetic dentistry restoration option, call your Katonah, NY, cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Terry Lin, at (914) 232-8190 to schedule an appointment.
When a tooth begins failing due to multiple procedures or extensive decay, you may still save it with a beautiful porcelain crown from Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY. Dr. Terry Lin, uses the finest materials, along with premier diagnostic and treatment tools, to create and place these restorations so your smile stays complete and strong.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown from your Katonah, NY, dentist is a tooth-shaped cap made of high-quality porcelain. It replaces damaged enamel by covering remaining healthy portions from the gums on up. Also, it blends it with neighboring teeth in terms of size, shape, bite and color. Your smile will appear and act perfectly normal.
Can your tooth receive a crown?
It can as determined by Dr. Lin's examination and precise imaging techniques. Some teeth require endodontic therapy--a root canal procedure--before receiving crowns. Root canals eliminate infection and inflamed interior pulp and also strengthen the tooth with a special sealant.
In addition, many of Dr. Lin's patients have more extensive restorative needs. For instance, they may need one or more teeth replaced with dental implants or fixed bridges. Both of these tooth replacement options utilize custom-made dental crowns.
The single-tooth crown
Consider a tooth compromised by multiple fillings. It's weak and may fracture at any time. Dr. Lin can remove that old filling material and shape the remaining tooth structure to receive a crown. He uses the Trios 3 Shape intraoral scanner to take accurate oral impressions digitally and to design your new crown with the right color and shape.
Once placed, cemented in place and adjusted for bite, the crown will look realistic and function exceptionally well. Most crowns last for at least a decade. However, just as with any of your teeth, this restoration requires careful oral hygiene at home and at your dentist's office.
Care must include:
- Twice a day brushing and flossing, according to American Dental Association guidelines
- Six-month professional cleanings and check-ups
- Avoidance of hard foods such as peanut brittle or ice
- Wearing a bite guard at night if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth
Only the best
At Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, count on the finest in tooth restoration and replacement. Dr. Lin will be happy to speak with you on any dental issue you may have and give you a treatment plan for the healthiest possible smile. Call (914) 232-8190 to schedule a consultation today!
Dr. Terry Lin, your Katonah, NY, dentist, can help improve your smile. He provides patients with dental veneers, a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates and, in other cases, completes your smile.
A great smile has a good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers are strong wafer-thin coverings made of porcelain that go over other surfaces to repair large chips and cracks. They substitute natural tooth enamel when bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
The dental porcelain is a great substitute for natural enamel because it's translucent and tough; it doesn't stain like tooth enamel. Your Katonah dentist removes enamel from the surface of your teeth, which is an irreversible process, to make room before bonding the veneers.
Limitations of Porcelain Veneers:
Veneers may not be a good option if,
- Teeth are significantly misaligned so orthodontic treatment may be necessary
- Severe dental trauma and decay
Caring for Veneers
It's important to take care of your veneers:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas.
- Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris.
- Visit your Asheville dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Minimize the amount of coffee and tea you drink.
- Cutdown on the amount dental-staining food you may be eating, such as blueberries.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding veneers, just call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Terry Lin. Your Katonah, NY, dentist can determine whether or not veneers are the right dental procedure for you.
Find out how a dental crown can preserve and protect a weak or broken tooth.
While tooth enamel is incredibly strong, issues can still happen that can affect the strength and integrity of a tooth. Of course, the goal of our Katonah, NY, dentist Dr. Terry Lin is to preserve the natural tooth structure whenever possible. If you are dealing with a weak, damaged or decaying tooth, find out how a dental crown could help your smile.
People can usually benefit from getting a dental crown in Katonah, NY, if,
- A tooth is cracked
- A tooth is fractured or broken
- A filling is not able to support a decayed tooth
- A tooth is severely discolored or misshapen (to improve its appearance)
- A tooth has to undergo root canal treatment
A crown is designed to look just like a real tooth. It’s hollow, which allows it to fit completely over the visible portion of the tooth. A crown protects the tooth while making it safer to bite and chew without worrying that the weakened tooth will sustain further damage. To put it simply, a crown is like a suit of armor for a damaged tooth.
What should I expect when getting my crown?
In most cases, you’ll get your new crown is about two visits. During the first visit, we will treat any decay or infection that may be present. From there, we will prep the tooth by preparing it to make room for the crown. Then we will take molds of your mouth so that a lab tech can create your perfectly fitted crown. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth in the interim to protect it.
Once the crown has been created, you will come back into our office so that we can check the look and fit of your crown. If everything looks good then we will cement the crown permanently to the tooth.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns have the ability to last up to 15 years or more; however, a lot will depend on how well you care for your smile. Maintaining good oral hygiene is paramount if you want your crown to last. Make sure you are also coming in twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. During these checkups, we can inspect the crown to make sure that it’s still intact.
If you are interested in getting dental crowns, implants or other dental restorations then it’s time to call Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, to find out how we can help restore your smile. Call us today at (914) 232-8190.