Long Island Dental Crowns and Caps Dentist

A damaged tooth can often be repaired simply by replacing the visible portion – the crown – if the root is in good shape. This enables a tooth to be saved even when the damage is too much for a filling. Crowns and caps can be used to restore your beautiful smile.

The Difference

Although both terms – caps and crowns – are often used together, the truth is that they refer to the exact same thing. There is no difference.

Why a New Crown Is Needed

A lot of different problems can occur in teeth – especially in the top part of it. When this happens, a filling may be used; but if it is too big for a filling, a new crown will be put on the tooth. Some reasons for placing a new crown include:

  • To improve the shape and appearance of a tooth
  • To strengthen a tooth that is damaged
  • To cover dental implants
  • To provide an anchor for a dental bridge
  • To correct an improper bite
  • To enhance your smile.

The Materials in Crowns

Crowns and caps are available in different materials. The material chosen will determine how the crown looks, whether it looks natural, white, or metal colored. Materials used include:

  • Metal – Gold, palladium, nickel, chromium
  • Zirconia
  • Porcelain – all ceramic
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
  • Porcelain fused to zirconia

Each of these types of crowns has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of the metal crowns are that they are stronger and more durable than other types. The disadvantage is that they are not tooth-colored and can easily be seen by other people.

The next strongest is the porcelain fused to metal.  The stronger base makes this style stronger than the all-ceramic cap, but if the gums recede, the metal base may become visible as a thin black line at the gum line. Zirconia, on the other hand, is white and it does not have this problem. Although all-ceramic crowns look more natural, they do not last as long.

Crowns Made in the Office

Some dentist offices have a milling machine right in the office. If they have this capability, they will also have a digital scanner that can scan your mouth, enabling the dentist to design the perfect crown for your tooth. The machine mills it while you wait and can be attached as soon as it is completed.

If there is no machine present, the tooth will be filed down to the size needed to accept the crown. A temporary crown will then be put in place, which will be made of acrylic or composite resin. A mold of your tooth will be made and sent off to the lab. When you return, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one put in place.

Durability

A dental crown can usually last from 10 to 20 year. Some types can last much longer, but it also depends on your level of oral care because the tooth under the cap can still decay.

The dentists at Global Family Dental can provide you with many types of crowns and caps. This dental procedure can help restore your smile and give you fresh confidence when in public. Call today about any questions you have or to make an appointment.

Our Reviews

patient-review-Derek-Ker“This is a GREAT office. Very professional, caring and knowledgeable staff. The doctor took his time to discuss my issue, explained all options and listened to all of my concerns. The whole process was great and painless. I will be bringing my whole family here and highly recommend this office.” By Derek Ker

patient-review-Lev Ibragimov“An absolutely fantastic experience in dentistry the likes of which I have never experienced. I went to this office on the referral of my friend, and I’m so glad i made the appointment. Dr. Vera is truly one of the finest dentist I’ve ever experienced. I have had so many problem with my teeth and felt like wherever I went previously it took a year and never done right. I frankly gave up on getting veneers done.

Dr. Vera where able to repair the mistakes of my previous dentist in one visit. I was in so much pain for weeks, so on a recommendation I took a chance. Let me tell you, i will never ever let another dentist work on me. She was so gentle, she explained what needed to be done. My goodness, she is polite, professional, and truly artistic in the work she did on me. I’m gong back to finish all my teeth. I cant wait. I highly , highly , highly recommend this office and Dr. Vera. I wish i could give 10 stars. Go there you won’t regret it.” By Lev Ibragimov

patient-review-Inna Vityuk“This is a GREAT office. Very professional, caring and knowledgeable staff. The doctor took his time to discuss my issue, explained all options and listened to all of my concerns. The whole process was effortless and painless. I will be bringing my whole family here and highly recommend this office.” By Inna Vityuk

patient-review-Avi-Gavlaev“I got 10 veneers on top and 6 on bottom. Best decision I’ve made in a long time!!! Everything was great from start to finish. The doctor, the work, and the experience top notch. Love love love my new smile now.” By Avi Gavlaev

patient-reviews-Diana-ShabatayevaWhat an incredible experience at Global Family Dental! It was my first time getting a cleaning and it did not hurt one single bit. Everybody was so polite and seemed extremely informed about my dental work. I also, feel like I was not getting scammed into doing unnecessary work at all. Thank you so much guys. By Diana Shabatayeva