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By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
December 30, 2020
Tags: Dental Crowns  

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.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

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.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
May 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

When a tooth begins failing due to multiple procedures or extensive decay, you may still save it with a beautiful porcelain crown from dental crownsNorthern 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!

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
July 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsDental crowns deliver multiple benefits. Whether you have damaged teeth that need to be restored or teeth with cosmetic concerns you would like to conceal, dental crowns can help. Dental crowns strengthen, protect, and restore damaged teeth. They also give cosmetically flawed teeth a beautiful new look. At Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, Dr. Terry Lin is your prosthodontist for dental crowns in Katonah, NY.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns serve as protective caps for damaged teeth. They also provide a flawless outer shell for teeth with cosmetic imperfections. Dental crowns are placed over the tops of problem teeth and completely encapsulate those teeth once in place. For damaged teeth, dental crowns give teeth a strong and durable outer exterior. The crowns protect teeth from sustaining additional damage, while also restoring the ability to bite and chew again without pain or discomfort.

In addition to protecting, strengthening, and restoring damaged teeth, dental crowns can be used to dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with certain cosmetic concerns. Teeth with stains, discolorations, chips, or cracks can all be given a completely new, flawless look with dental crowns. Teeth that are oddly shaped can also be transformed with dental crowns. Whether dental crowns are being placed over damaged or cosmetically imperfect teeth, they look and function like natural teeth so no one will know they are actually crowns.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

There is a range of restorative and cosmetic benefits to choosing dental crowns. As previously discussed, dental crowns restore, strengthen, and protect teeth that have been damaged by infection or decay. By restoring normal functioning in weak or damaged teeth, crowns also alleviate the strain on surrounding teeth that were previously compensating for the damaged teeth. When you are unable to bite or chew with a tooth due to damage, pain, or sensitivity, the surrounding teeth take on extra work, which leads to excess wear and tear in those teeth.

Dental crowns also offer a variety of cosmetic benefits. They can be used to conceal such imperfections as stains, discolorations, chips, cracks, and small gaps between teeth. Crowns can also give oddly shaped teeth a new look. Finally, crowns are cemented in place so there is no worry of them coming loose, slipping out of place, or falling off. Your dentist or prosthodontist for dental crowns in Katonah can help you decide if crowns are the right option for you.

There are numerous benefits to choosing dental crowns to either restore damaged teeth or improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns. For dental crowns in Katonah, NY, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lin by calling Northern Westchester Prosthodontics at (914) 232-8190.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
August 23, 2017
Tags: Dental Crowns  

A broken tooth is no fun occurrence, especially if it results in a toothache. Unfortunately, if left untreated, this situation can only go from badDental Crowns 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!