Dental Crowns near Rockville Centre
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At the office of Joshua Bratt DMD PC, we’ve established a reputation for excellence based upon providing skilled and experienced state-of-the-art care.
We’re dedicated to keeping pace with the latest technology and advances in treatment to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.
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Despite the fact that dental enamel is stronger than bone and the hardest substance in your body, your teeth remain vulnerable to cavities and trauma.
While dental fillings can provide an excellent way to repair a decayed or damaged tooth, they don’t always provide the right solution for rebuilding a strong, functional one. When too much tooth structure is compromised by dental decay, trauma, root canals, or habitual clenching and grinding, a filling just won’t do.
In these situations, a dental crown, more commonly referred to as a cap, provides a better way to restore the involved tooth’s integrity, function, and appearance.
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Thanks to advances in dental ceramics, dental crowns today don’t have to be fabricated from metal or have a metal substrate. We can now fabricate all-ceramic crowns that offer the benefits of being metal-free, durable, long-lasting, and as beautiful as a natural tooth.
At the office of Joshua Bratt DMD PC, patient care, comfort, and satisfaction are our top priorities. We personalize every treatment plan to address our patients’ oral healthcare needs and fulfill their cosmetic expectations of care.
Why you may need a dental crown
Successful outcomes of care depend on careful treatment planning and paying close attention to a patient’s smile goals and expectations of care. Whether you need a dental crown or one of the many other services we provide, you can count on our office to explain your best options in care and to address all your questions and concerns every step of the way.
A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration that replicates the form and function of a natural tooth. It’s often recommended in the following the situations:
- To repair and rebuild a tooth with extensive structural damage due to decay or trauma
- To replace a large or broken filling
- To restore a dental implant
- To provide full coverage for the abutment teeth, serving as the supporting ends of a traditional dental bridge
- To strengthen and protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- To improve the look of an undersized, slightly misaligned, darkly stained, or misshapen tooth
- To address bite discrepancies
What are the benefits offered by ceramic crowns?
Out of all the available materials for a full-coverage restoration today, metal-free crowns, also known as all-ceramic crowns, offer the most lifelike and biocompatible results.
Once commonly referred to as “porcelain jackets,” today’s all-ceramic crowns are fabricated from the most advanced generations of cosmetically appealing, durable, and natural-looking materials.
With strength comparable to traditional metal and porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns provide a highly satisfying and long-lasting option in care.
- Lithium Disilicate Porcelain Crowns
- Leucite Reinforced Pressable Porcelain Crowns
- Solid or Monolithic Zirconia
- High Translucent Zirconia.
As the name implies, the term all-ceramic crown means the crown’s entire thickness is 100% ceramic. While in the past, porcelain or all-ceramic crowns looked better but did not offer the strength and durability of porcelain fused to metal crowns, it’s no longer the case. Thanks to advances in dental materials, they are stronger and more reliable than ever before.
Here are just some of the reasons we recommend an all-ceramic crown:
- Interact with light in much the same way as natural teeth and more closely mimic their translucency and luster
- Can be made thinner and require less reduction and preparation of the underlying tooth
- Are lighter in weight than dental crowns that incorporate a metal substructure
- Are also kinder to the surrounding soft tissues
- Resistant to stain and discoloration
- Metal-free and safer for individuals with allergies or sensitivities to metal
- Resemble a natural tooth in its entirety and do not have a metal margin, which is often visible at the gumline
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Frequently Asked Dental Crown Questions:
- While a dental filling is designed to replace a portion of a decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown offers full coverage to restore the tooth’s entire outer surface. A well-fitting dental crown not only protects and strengthens the underlying tooth structure, but it also restores the tooth’s appearance and function.
- The procedure for getting an all-ceramic crown is much like the procedure for getting any other type of crown. In all cases, the tooth needs to be prepared, an impression taken, and a permanent crown cemented into place. A single all-ceramic crown can typically be fabricated over the course of two visits. However, with CAD/CAM technology, a same-day crown can be fabricated from start to finish in a single visit. With the first approach, a temporary crown is typically worn until the second visit, when the permanent restoration is placed. As with every treatment plan, our office will explain your best options in care.
- As the name implies, a temporary crown is only worn for a short time until the permanent crown is placed. A temporary crown is typically fabricated from durable tooth-colored dental acrylics. While designed to protect the underlying tooth between appointments, and until your new permanent crown gets placed, a temporary crown is also fabricated to look like a natural tooth and maintain the look of your smile.
- While you should feel better having an attractive and functional tooth to restore your smile, your tooth may feel a little sensitive following treatment. This initial sensitivity will subside. We take great care to make sure your new restoration looks great, fits well, and your bite is perfect. However, we’re always happy to make any minor adjustments to ensure your comfort.
- With some exceptions, teeth with root canal procedures are typically restored and protected from further damage with a full-coverage crown. Based on what’s best for your smile, our office will recommend the most appropriate restoration to maintain the health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal procedure.
- A dental crown is a long-term restoration that, if properly cared for, can serve you well for many years to come. Once your new crown is placed, it requires the same brushing, flossing, and periodic checkups as your natural teeth. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard or sticky objects such as ice, pencils, or taffy, which can damage or loosen your crown. Remember, clenching and grinding your teeth puts excessive pressure on both natural teeth and dental restorations. Unless treated, this habit can compromise the longevity and integrity of your dental work, including crowns.
- Although your new all-ceramic crown restores the tooth’s strength, form, and function, you can still develop dental disease in the absence of proper care. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it’s essential to brush and floss as instructed and see our office for routine checkups, cleanings, and care.
- How long a dental crown lasts depends on various factors, including your level of oral care, diet, and oral habits. While the standard answer is that dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, existing literature confirms that most dental crowns remain in place at 15 to 20 years.
- At the office of Joshua Bratt DMD PC, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to address all your dental needs. Once we’ve had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear picture of any dental issues that are present, along with a quote for how much treatment will be. The cost of dental crowns can vary a little, depending on the type of crown and its location. Our goals are to provide the highest quality of care and help patients begin treatment without additional financial stress or delay. We’re always happy to answer all your questions on dental insurance coverage, available financing, and payment plans.
- Coverage for all-ceramic crowns depends on your dental insurance plan. Today, many dental plans provide some level of coverage for all-ceramic crowns. At the office of Joshua Bratt DMD PC, we work with patients to optimize their dental benefits and get the care they need to maintain healthy and beautiful smiles!