What Is a Crown Tooth Repair?

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A dental crown looks exactly like a natural tooth. It fits over a reduced natural tooth, essentially taking the place of the thick enamel. Dental crowns can even be shaped and shaded to blend in well with the rest of the patient’s teeth. Cosmetic dentists apply dental crowns for a number of reasons, but this procedure is primarily done in order to protect, repair, and restore a smile.

Why do I need a crown tooth repair?

Missing teeth can be replaced by permanent dental implants, which imitate the structure of a natural tooth root. The implant is capped by a dental crown—the only visible part of the implant. This is just one of the many possible reasons why your cosmetic dentist has recommended that you get a crown.

Other common reasons to get a dental crown include:

  • To restore a broken or cracked tooth
  • To protect a tooth badly weakened by decay
  • To protect a tooth that has received a very large filling
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To improve aesthetic appearance
  • To camouflage a severely discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To restore a tooth after a root canal

Less commonly, a dentist may recommend a crown for a child who is at a high risk of tooth decay, and isn’t capable of maintaining minimum oral hygiene standards.

Do I have to wait weeks to get my permanent crown?

After you’ve had a procedure, such as a root canal, you may receive a temporary crown. In the meantime, the dentist can take impressions of the tooth, and send the impressions away to a lab. It may take a few weeks for the permanent crown to be fabricated.

But there’s a solution for this inconvenience and added expense: Find a cosmetic dentist with CEREC technology. CEREC eliminates the need for messy impressions, since it uses sophisticated digital mapping software to design the perfect crown for each individual patient. Plus, there’s no need to wait weeks to get your new tooth. You won’t even have to make another appointment. The CEREC milling machine will make your new crown quickly, and your dentist can place it during the same appointment.

I’ve just received my new CEREC crown restoration. What next?

It’s a common misconception that there’s no need to worry about keeping a dental crown clean. It’s true that the composite resin can’t get cavities, but the gums that “hug” it can still get gum disease. Plus, accumulated food debris and bacteria around the crown will contribute to bad breath. That said, dental crowns don’t require any special care. Just follow your normal oral hygiene routine—and remember to floss every day!

Affordable dental crowns in Suffolk County

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to offer CEREC crown technology to our valued patients on Long Island. Here, we pass along the savings of having an on-site CEREC machine directly to our patients. Call (631) 296-0602 to request a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot, and find out if getting a dental crown in Suffolk County is right for you.

Additional CEREC Crown Resources:

  1. WebMD, Dental Crowns, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns#1
  2. SD CEREC, Technology, http://www.sdcerec.com/patients/technology

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Jacky Gale

Crowns vs. Veneers: What’s the Difference?

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Crowns and veneers are both popular dentistry choices, but they are quite different. Crowns are restorations that are fitted to cover the entire natural tooth, whereas veneers are cosmetic dentistry treatments that are bonded firmly to just the visible sides of the teeth. It can be tricky figuring out which dentistry treatments will help you get the smile you want.

“When patients first come in for a consultation, we perform a thorough examination before developing a customized set of treatment recommendations,” explains Dr. Nick of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.

A quick look at dental crowns and porcelain veneers

Dental crowns are durable caps that are bonded firmly to a reduced natural tooth. They look just like the white part of the natural tooth. Since they are bonded in place, they are not removable like dentures. Dental crowns may be applied for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. For restorative purposes, dental crowns may be used to protect a tooth that has been substantially weakened due to disease or physical trauma. After a root canal, for example, patients require a crown. A crown is also appropriate when patients have sustained tooth fractures or have severely worn down teeth. Dental crowns also have cosmetic benefits. Since your dentist will carefully shape and shade the crown, it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, supporting a flawless smile.

In contrast, porcelain veneers are applied purely for cosmetic purposes. Veneers are wafer-thin applications of porcelain. Like crowns, they are individually shaped and shaded to complement the patient’s smile. However, they do not fit over the entire tooth. Instead, they are firmly affixed to just the visible sides. Porcelain veneers instantly camouflage imperfections like stubborn discoloration, misshapen teeth, uneven teeth, and gaps between teeth.

How dental crowns and veneers are made

Before receiving either veneers or crowns, the dentist must make impressions of the patient’s teeth. Then, the impressions are sent to a lab to custom-make the dental veneers. The dentist performs the final adjustments before bonding them to the teeth.

Most dental offices have to send impressions to a lab to have dental crowns made. But some state-of-the-art dental clinics like Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point have invested in CEREC technology, which allows them to fabricate custom-made crowns right in the office. This means there is no need to return to the office for a second visit to fit the crown—the patient can receive the permanent restoration during the first appointment. As an added bonus, crowns made with the CEREC machine are known to be more durable than other types.

Get your perfect smile!

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are widely renowned experts in the fields of implantology and cosmetic dentistry. When you visit our state-of-the-art dental clinic, you’ll get the personalized attention and in-depth patient education you deserve. We’ll walk you through all of your options, which might include custom-made CEREC crowns or finely crafted porcelain veneers. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

More “crowns vs. veneers” resources:

  1. Colgate, Your Dental Crown Procedure: What to Expect, http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/article/your-dental-crown-procedure-what-to-expect-0113
  2. WebMD, Dental Health and Veneers, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers#1

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Jacky Gale

Treat Yourself to the Gift of a Perfect Holiday Smile

Lady smiling with dental veneers

Holiday parties and dinners are coming up. It’s natural to shift yourself to the bottom of the list when there is so much shopping, cooking, baking, and wrapping to do. Give yourself a gift this holiday season; treat yourself to the cosmetic dental work you’ve been considering all year. It’s easier than you may think. Thanks to new technology, cosmetic dental procedures that used to require multiple steps can now be done in less than an hour.

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are highly credentialed cosmetic dentists, renowned in the Long Island area for providing exceptional comfort and care. They are happy to answer any questions you may have about holiday dental procedures at (631) 296-0588.

Teeth whitening

Over the years, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, nicotine and tartar buildup take their toll on our teeth. Professional teeth whitening is a dramatic but quick way to brighten your teeth several shades. We’ll prepare custom whitening trays that perfectly fit your teeth for at-home whitening. This method takes just 30 minutes a day, for 10 days to deliver noticeable whiteness. To amplify your results, we use a complementary in-office light therapy that takes less than one hour.

Teeth bonding

Suffer with gapped, chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth no longer! Dental bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic procedures for your teeth. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick can repair damaged enamel in just one visit. They apply a tooth-colored resin onto the affected teeth, sculpt into the appropriate shape, harden the material, and polish. The whole process takes 30-60 minutes.

White Colored Fillings

If your natural teeth are causing discomfort, sensitivity, or pain while eating or drinking, it may be time to have loose metal fillings or untreated cavities addressed with a white filling. Nitrous oxide sedation is available for your comfort. We custom-match the color of your natural teeth, so you look your best for pictures.

Same-Day Dental Crowns

For more advanced levels of decay and severely damaged teeth, we offer same-day dental crowns (also sometimes referred to as “caps”). All-ceramic crowns restore the look AND function of your teeth without the need for extraction. You can feel comfortable knowing you are looking your best and also preventing jaw deterioration issues down the road. Using our own in-house CEREC technology, we can create custom crowns in just 20 minutes and place them in a single appointment.

Porcelain Veneers

“Simple,” “Fast” and “Painless” are three words used to describe this method of providing people with Hollywood-perfect smiles. You don’t have to be born with the perfect teeth to look like you were. Porcelain veneers are the perfect fix for smiles that are “too gummy,” crooked, gapped, or misshapen. During a single sitting, dentists take impressions to custom-design a restoration that goes over the teeth. A thin layer of enamel is typically removed from the teeth prior to application with a bonding material and curing light. Some final trimming, filing and adjustments are made for the perfect finish. For the right candidates, we also offer Lumineers, which eliminates the need for enamel removal.

Kick off the New Year with a brighter smile and greater confidence. All these smile-enhancing holiday dental procedures are available at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Call Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot to schedule an appointment today!

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Jenn Fusion

Fixing a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth – especially a front tooth – instills a sense of panic in most people. How can you ever restore your smile to its original glory? Rest assured that cosmetic dentistry offers a number of solutions to permanently fix a chipped or fractured tooth, even in cases that look beyond repair. Whether caused by a traumatic blow, a sports accident, chewing on hard food, or a fall, these accidents can result in deep cracks or fractures in the tooth structure.

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, but this mineralized surface is still prone to damage from decay and trauma. There are several factors that should be evaluated before choosing how to repair a fractured tooth, including the severity of the crack, if there is evidence of tooth decay, and if any of the pulp or nerve structure is involved.

Chipped tooth restoration methods

At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several restorations for fixing chipped teeth. Depending on the location of the damaged tooth, the patient’s age and the amount of structure lost, we may recommend:

  • Dental bonding with composite resins is the least inexpensive and least invasive method for repairing a fractured tooth. Composites are tooth-colored and can be customized to match the patient’s exact hue, giving a pleasing cosmetic result. The benefits of composite bonding are many: the procedure is quick (only one office visit), painless and inexpensive. And since composite resins are bonded directly to the tooth surface, very little filing is needed on healthy tooth structure. Composite bonding can last upwards of 10 years, requires no special maintenance, but may not be recommended in cases where more than half of the tooth has been fractured or broken off.
  • Porcelain Veneers – For larger chips, we often suggest restoration with porcelain veneers because of their strength, durability and aesthetic results. Veneers do require “tooth prepping” in which a fine layer of the structure is removed prior to bonding, to diminish extra bulk. A customized veneer, based on dental impressions, will look, feel and function just like your own tooth. Best of all—porcelain veneers can last 25-30 years when properly cared for.
  • Crown – A severely chipped tooth that causes pain signifies pulpal (nerve) involvement. When X-rays show advanced tooth decay, we would likely recommend treatment with a ceramic or porcelain crown, which functions like a tooth-colored cap. In some instances, decayed material will need to be removed with a root canal before the crown is created and placed. Thanks to advances in dental technology, these treatments cause very little discomfort and especially anxious patients may want to discuss options for sedation dentistry. Here in our Long Island office, we are proud to offer CEREC crowns, using 3D technology to create custom crowns in a day. Similar to veneers, crowns can last decades with proper maintenance and oral hygiene.

Long Island cosmetic dentists

If you have the unfortunate experience of suffering a cracked or chipped tooth, it’s important to see a dentist right away.  Visit Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, where Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot treat patients like family, and offer the latest advancements in cosmetic and restorative treatments.

Before visiting our Rocky Point office, be sure to check out our Internet coupons for amazing savings! Call (631) 246-4992 today and schedule a free consultation.

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Ava Lawson

Restore Your Smile with CEREC Crowns in One Office Visit

lady smiling with lumineers

Like many medical specialties, the field of dentistry has become increasingly advanced, offering cutting-edge treatments and procedures. CEREC crowns are just one example of such groundbreaking dental technology that gives patients durable metal free restorations in just one office visit.

Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick are proud to offer in-house CEREC technology, a customized dental restoration that’s placed over a damaged tooth to restore its appearance, shape and strength. Dozens of clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy, durability and aesthetic benefits of CEREC crowns compared to traditional restorations, making CEREC the future of cosmetic dentistry. If you’re wondering what CEREC means, it’s actually an acronym:

  • Chairside: the crowns are a chairside treatment
  • Economical: very cost-effective for the patient
  • Restorations: restores your tooth’s appearance and strength
  • of Esthetic: crowns are metal-free and tooth-enamel colored
  • Ceramic: durable ceramics are used

Enhance your smile in one office visit with CEREC crowns

Using CEREC technology, we are able to create durable, customized tooth-colored restorations right here in our office, with zero discomfort and no waiting time. CEREC inlays and onlays are often used when old fillings need to be redone, but are too extensive for a traditional white filling. Using the CEREC system, we are able to remove the old filling and fill in any decay or fissures with custom pieces of porcelain, rather than shaving down healthy tooth structure.

Utilizing CEREC’s “Computer-assisted design-Computer-assisted manufacture” or “CAD-CAM” 3D technology, the customized porcelain crown is milled while you wait, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and follow-up appointment. This saves you time, money and the hassle of multiple dental visits.

Patients can rest assured that their CEREC crown will fit perfectly and look natural, as it is computer-generated based on numerous digital impressions. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC restorations are totally metal-free, which enables X-rays to scan the tooth and catch the beginnings of decay or new cavities in the early stages.

Advantages of CEREC crowns

CEREC technology has been in use for over a decade, offering patients beautiful and long-lasting restorations in less than an hour!

When compared to traditional metal crowns, CEREC restorations have distinct advantages:

  • No need for lengthy fitting sessions or temporary crowns
  • CEREC crowns are tooth-colored and more aesthetically pleasing
  • CEREC porcelain is stronger and more durable than white fillings
  • While CEREC technology is more expensive upfront, it is more cost-effective in the long run as there are no extra lab fees or secondary office visits
  • CEREC patients have higher satisfaction rates (98.8%, reports a study in the International Journal of Computerized Dentistry)

CEREC crowns in Long Island

If you’re concerned about the cost of CEREC crowns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry provides flexible payment plans and attractive financing options that feature zero interest and low monthly installments. You can also take advantage of our discounts and internet specials on a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments.

For more information about CEREC technology, please call or stop by our Rocky Point, NY office to schedule your free consultation.

Resources:

  1. SDcerec.com, Dental Technology of the Future http://www.sdcerec.com/patients/technology
  2. CEREC, Before and After, http://www.sdcerec.com/gallery/patients

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Ava Lawson

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? (And Other FAQs About Crowns)

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over an existing tooth to improve its appearance and protect it from further degradation. Usually crowns are cemented into place after a tooth has cracked, broken or worn down, but it can also be used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth. Failed fillings or dental implants can also be effectively remedied with crowns as an alternative to full porcelain veneers, which tend to be a bit more expensive. Dental crowns are one of the many services we provide here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point, NY. Here are a few answers to commonly asked questions about this type of dental work, including how long crowns typically last.

How long do dental crowns last?

Insurance companies only cover dental crown replacement after five years. Thankfully, a 2009 study found that 95% of dental crowns will remain in place for at least five years. Study authors added that existing literature confirms the findings that most dental crowns (50-80%) are still in place at 15 to 20 years.

What are crowns made of?

The best crown material will depend upon how your teeth come together, your dental habits and where you go. Prefabricated crowns are made of plastic or stainless steel. Traditional crowns can be made of metal (gold, palladium, nickel or chromium), zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to zirconia, or ceramic. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars because they are powerful and durable, and most people won’t notice the metallic color if they’re placed in back. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are ideal for front teeth because they match natural tooth color, although the porcelain portion can sometimes chip and there is sometimes a visible line where the cap is placed. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide the best color match and work well for front teeth where chewing force is not as great. Pressed ceramic crowns have a stronger inner core, but are capped with porcelain for natural color match.

How are teeth prepared for dental crowns?

Standard crown preparation requires two or more visits. First, x-rays will be taken of the tooth and surrounding bone. If significant decay or infection are discovered, a root canal treatment may need to be done first. The tooth in need of a cap is then filed down to make room for the new structure. Thinner all-metal crowns require less filing than all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Filling material is sometimes used to build up the tooth structure in cases of significant natural tooth decay or damage. A paste or putty impression is then taken of the reshaped tooth to ensure proper crown fit. These impressions are processed in a dental laboratory where the crowns are actually made. You may be given a temporary cap while you wait the 2-3 weeks it takes to prepare your permanent crowns. At the second visit, the temporary is removed, adequate fit is checked, a local anesthetic numbs the tooth, and the new crown is permanently cemented.

What are same-day crowns?

Thanks to newer technology, Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers crowns made in less than 15 minutes! Same day ceramic crowns can be made right in our Long Island dental office. We scan your teeth with a wand attached to a camera that uses reflected light to create a 3-D image of your teeth. Next, our modeling software suggests a design, which our dentists can tweak as they see fit, and send the finished design to our in-house milling machine, which carves the crown from a block of ceramic to the exact specifications we set. The Wall Street Journal reported that “one-day crown technology is convenient and produces durable ceramic crowns” that fare as good as traditional crowns for most patients. They add that there are certain “aesthetic limitations” that may make the process less suitable for natural-looking front teeth and that lab-made teeth may be better for jaw-clenchers.

Are there any complications of crown placement?

Complications from dental crowns are extremely rare, though it is possible to experience some discomfort or sensitivity. The nerve within the tooth may experience hot or cold sensitivity – in which case you should use special toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you experience pain when you bite down, the crown may have been placed too high – which can easily be remedied, so call your dentist at once. Improperly placed crowns can chip, loosen or fall off. In rarer cases, people may encounter a previously unknown metal allergy.

How much do dental crowns cost?

When a new tooth is required for medical reasons, insurers may agree to cover up to 50% of the bill. Ultimately, the cost of a dental crown varies based on materials used, size, location, preparation work, local rates, and your dentist’s training and experience.

What can I do to ensure my crowns last a long time?

To ensure durability of your crowns, we recommend:

  • Avoid biting your nails, chewing on ice, and opening packaging material with your teeth.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth. If it’s a problem at night, ask your dentist about a mouth guard.
  • Brush, floss and mouth-wash to avoid decay of the surrounding tooth structures.
  • Attend dental checkups twice annually.

If you have any other questions about getting dental crowns in Suffolk County, Long Island, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Jenn Fusion

One Visit Dentistry with CEREC Crowns

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) is the latest computerized 3D technology that allows Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick to make custom dental crowns right here in our Suffolk County office. By employing this breakthrough technology, our Rocky Point dentists can give you natural looking and perfectly fitted dental crowns in just one office appointment!

Unlike older tooth restorations, CEREC crowns are so durable and long-lasting they can be used for your back molars and canines. And with CEREC, you won’t need multiple appointments for molds, temporary fittings, or placements that can span over several weeks. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers CEREC same-day crowns for your convenience and comfort.

CEREC crowns Suffolk County

CEREC crowns are crafted from a solid block of porcelain – a metal-free material that is easily tolerated and won’t produce allergic reactions. The material is also translucent and comes in several shades that can mimic your tooth’s natural enamel in appearance and hue.

During your appointment, Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will take a series of optical impressions using the CEREC computer, after which a 3-D printer mills the custom fit crown exactly to your specifications. The entire process takes less than 25 minutes and is completed in just one visit here at our Long Island dental practice.

CEREC’s precision 3D system allows us to create a dental crown that will perfectly match your teeth, feel comfortable, and look natural. Forget about temporary crowns, which are prone to cracking and chipping – and take advantage of same day crowns that will last for many years to come!

There are numerous advantages to CEREC crowns, including:

  • Time savings – since the crowns are completed in just one visit
  • Looks and feels more natural
  • Strengthens tooth and preserves original tooth structure
  • No messy impressions for temporary crowns
  • Faster recovery since less invasive preparations are necessary
  • They are durable and can be X-rayed
  • CEREC restorations are less prone to cracks or other damage
  • No more hot or cold sensitivity since the crowns expand and contract naturally

Long Island cosmetic dentists offer CEREC technology

Dental crowns are ideal for teeth that are discolored, broken, cracked or have major decay. Restoring a damaged or decayed tooth is important to help maintain oral health, keep your bite properly aligned and create a beautiful, winning smile.

Suffolk County patients can enjoy same day CEREC crowns without long waits or dealing with outside labs, since all the work is done right here, in-house with the CEREC imaging computer and 3D printer.

If you’d like to learn more about CEREC crowns, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot. And be sure to ask about our flexible payment options and plans.

You can reach Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at (631) 744-5700.

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Ava Lawson