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Albany Area Dentist Reviews Dental Crowns and Their Uses

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Perhaps you feel that despite your best efforts at maintaining routine oral care, your smile is no longer as appealing as it once was. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers so many innovative and smile-enhancing procedures, but how do you know which would be most beneficial to you? Which procedures treat both the underlying problems and enhance your smile at the same time? Today I’d like to discuss the attributes of dental crowns, their uses and the benefits they afford.

What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns, or “caps,” are dental restorations that are cemented in place; they fully encase the portion of the tooth that sits at and above the gum line, in effect becoming the tooth’s new outer surface. Dental crowns are very versatile, and while several types of crowns are available, the most popular type is made of porcelain, and that is what we use at our Schenectady Dentist Office. Porcelain is highly durable and lasts for many years, and can be made to match the color, shape and size of your own teeth.

When is a dental crown used?
Crowns may be used to resolve several dental problems.  Crowns are appropriate for strengthening broken or fractured teeth, covering large or fractured fillings, or for cosmetic enhancement purposes. Additionally, all teeth treated for root canal should have a crown placed to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore full function.

What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure generally takes two appointments. The first appointment with our Albany, NY General Dentist includes taking several molds (or impressions) which are used to create temporary and permanent custom crowns. To prepare the tooth for the crown, we remove any decay and shape the the tooth surface to properly fit the crown. The temporary crown is then placed.

Your second appointment is for the placement of your custom crown.  The temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be installed. After careful placement, we will check to ensure that spacing and bite are accurate with the crown in place. You will receive instructions for proper care and cleaning, and you will leave with a beautifully enhanced smile.



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