Dental Crowns in Carmel, NY
Carmel Dental Associates provides dental crowns to patients located in Carmel and throughout Putnam County. Call 845-225-2224 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental crowns have a number of uses in dentistry. They restore strength and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage, they can be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, and they act as a support for bridges. Crowns allow us to preserve your natural tooth in cases of severe decay, which is the best possible outcome as this maintains the integrity of your jawbone and keeps adjacent teeth from shifting position.
The Dental Crown Process
Getting a dental crown begins by taking an impression, which lets us create a model of your teeth and bite so we can replicate the shape and size of your natural tooth. Your tooth is then prepared for the crown by removing decayed and damaged areas. Another impression is taken, which allows us to ensure that your crown fits securely. We’ll provide you with a temporary restoration to protect your tooth while your crown is fabricated.
Once your crown is ready, you will return to our office where it will be bonded in place. You can expect your crown to last decades with good care and oral hygiene.
Types of Dental Crowns
The most common type of dental crowns for adults include:
Ceramic Crowns – These crowns are often used for teeth that are visible when you smile, as their porcelain-based material matches the appearance of natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns – Porcelain fused to metal is stronger than ceramic, but still offers an aesthetic solution that looks realistic.
Gold Alloy Crowns – Gold alloys are the strongest available option for dental crowns. They are our preferred choice for patients who grind their teeth.
Base Metal Alloy Crowns – Base metal alloys are durable and resistant to corrosion. This type of crown is commonly used when there isn’t sufficient existing tooth structure to support other types of crown restorations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
These are strong and corrosion-resistant and are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support the crown restoration.
What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?
Crown and cap are simply two terms for the same type of restoration. The term “cap” comes from the fact that a crown covers over your natural tooth like a cap on a bottle.
Are crowns covered by dental insurance?
Yes, when a crown is needed to restore health and function to a tooth, it is covered by dental insurance.
Should I get a crown or have my tooth extracted?
When you have a choice between these two options, it’s always best to choose the crown. Once a tooth is extracted, it must be replaced with a bridge or dental implant, so a crown is more economical and requires fewer appointments.
Can you crown front teeth?
Yes, front teeth can be crowned. Ceramic crowns provide a realistic restoration that blends in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Call 845-225-2224 to schedule your appointment.