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.
Veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry option for enhancing your smile. Whether you want to brighten up a dull smile or improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped or cracked, veneers can help with a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Our dentist, Dr. Terry Lin, can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you. Northern Westchester Prosthodontics is your dental office in Katonah, NY, for veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin laminates placed over the front surface of problem teeth to improve the appearance of those teeth. Veneers give imperfect teeth a flawless new look. Our veneers are made from a porcelain material that closely resembles the look of tooth enamel so the veneers look completely natural. In fact, once in place, each veneer will look like part of the natural tooth. Veneers are permanently affixed to the teeth so your beautiful new smile will be long-lasting.
Benefits of Veneers
You will enjoy several benefits when you choose veneers to improve your smile. At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Katonah, NY, the dentist can explain how veneers can meet your particular needs.
Veneers can completely transform your smile by addressing a variety of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Rough or uneven tooth surfaces
- Misshaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
In addition to dramatically improving the appearance of your smile, another benefit of veneers is that they are permanent. Once affixed to the teeth, there is no need to worry about your veneers coming off or slipping out of place. Another benefit of veneers is that each veneer is custom created to perfectly fit in place. An additional advantage of custom veneers is that they look completely natural so others will not know you have veneers.
Veneers are extremely versatile and can address numerous cosmetic concerns. To learn more about how veneers can enhance your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin at our cosmetic dentistry office in Katonah, NY, by calling Northern Westchester Prosthodontics at (914) 232-8190.
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.
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!
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