New York Dental Crown Expertise
NYC Center for Dental Implants does many cosmetic crowns at our Manhattan facility. A crown is essentially a cap for a tooth. Crowns are used to save badly damaged or deteriorated teeth, while serving as a support to a bridge when needed. Types of crowns include metal alloy, gold allow, ceramic, and porcelain-fused crowns.
Crowns provide strength to the tooth, and they can be made to blend with the surrounding teeth if done with cosmetic-grade materials. Dentists also use crowns as part of the dental implant procedure. Dentists use each of these crowns in different situations, based on a combination of preference and cost to the patient.
Different types of dental crowns
It’s important to realize that when it comes to crowns there is no one “best” crown. There are a wide variety of dental crowns available, each offering different benefits and potential drawbacks, which you should take into consideration. Before deciding on a final type of crown, it’s important to consult with one of our expert New York cosmetic dentists. But before you give us a call, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the different types of dental crowns we offer.
Gold alloy crowns
As the name suggests, these dental crowns are made fully out of metal. Perhaps the most common option is the classic gold crown; however, silver colored metals are available. They’re chosen for their superior strength, since they’re 100% metal. Gold alloy crowns also offer the best longevity: The chance of any repair or replacement is almost zero. However, the main disadvantage is the color: It doesn’t look natural at all. Therefore, it’s best for anterior teeth, where they are less visible. It’s also important to make sure that you do not have a metal allergy, but beyond that there are few drawbacks. Gold alloy crowns are ideal for patients who need work in the back of their mouth and want the most long lasting dental crown possible; it’s also a good choice if you don’t care particularly about how natural the final product looks.
Most commonly used for restoring front teeth, ceramic crowns are known for blending in with your natural tooth color. All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the benefit of being the best option for people with metal allergies and for those who want their dental crowns to look as close as possible to their original teeth. However, they are not as durable as metal crowns. Ceramic crowns are ideal for your front teeth that show most prominently (incisors and canines).
Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns
While these are not as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic crowns, PFM crowns are crowns that are full cast and have porcelain fused onto most (or all) of the tooth). A hybrid of porcelain and metal crowns, they are the most preferred option since they can blend perfectly in with your teeth. PFM crowns are strong and last for many years; however, you will lose some of your tooth structure due to their metal base. These are a good fit for patients who do not have any gum disease and want a dental crown that will last for years to come.
Base metal alloy crowns
Chosen for requiring the least amount of your healthy teeth to be removed, base metal alloys crowns are composed of non-noble metals that can resist corrosion, creating a durable crown. For temporary crowns, stainless steel or aluminum is used. For more permanent crowns, nickel, chromium, or iron may be used. These are a good match for molars that are out of sight or are less visible. While the more affordable option, it’s recommended to choose a high noble dental alloy.
While the procedure varies slightly based on the type of dental crown used, the general procedure involves our New York dentists examining the tooth that needs the crown to ensure it’s not at risk of infection or decay. If there is a risk, a root canal may be needed. Then, the tooth will then be filed down so there’s room for the crown (all metal crowns require less healthy tooth structure to be removed.) We may also build up the tooth structure if you are missing too much tooth. We’ll then make an impression of the tooth, as well as surrounding teeth, and send them to a lab for the crowns to be made. You will receive a temporary crown in the meantime. (You can learn more about that here.)
When you come back, the dental crown will be placed after removing the temporary crown. You can also check to make sure the new crown is perfect before we begin the procedure. We will then use a numbing agent while cementing the new crown into place—and then you’re all ready to go.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right crown. Our team will help you choose the option that is right for your unique needs. Contact us today to get started.