Dental Crown - Long Island City, NY
Crowns give damaged teeth a second chance
A dental crown is a restorative dental procedure that restores a damaged tooth so it can function once more. It is also known as a tooth cap since it goes over the tooth and protects it from harm.
Our dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental are experts at rebuilding your tooth to look like natural enamel. Your dental crown in Long Island City will be the most beautiful and most realistic looking one.
What we offer
At Jackson Ave Dental, our dental team of experts can crown any or all of the teeth in your mouth which needs it. We work with a master ceramist in a dental laboratory who artfully crafts the restoration for you.
Once completed, it will be permanently glued on your tooth by our dentist in long island city. The procedure may seem out of your control but you do get to choose because the caps for your teeth do come in different materials.
All ceramic crowns are all non-metal. They can be made of pure porcelain, zirconia, or emax. They are the most aesthetic looking replacement option since there is no dark metal show through, which patients dislike.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
PFM crowns have a metal substructure underneath for strength and rigidity. On the exterior, it has porcelain glazed over it for aesthetics. Has been in use for decades by dentists worldwide.
Gold is highly desired for jewelry but not so much for the mouth. The yellow color deters patients from picking it except rappers who like grillz. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic option for back teeth due to its longevity.
When a dental crown is needed
Healthy teeth do not require a cap to be placed over it. Unhealthy teeth or dentition which are at risk of failing or breaking can benefit from it. Covering over it with a crown will help protect it from insults and strengthen it to last longer, especially if it's been root canal treated.
When it's needed:
Broken large cavity filling
Repaired chipped tooth that keeps chipping
Discolored dead tooth
You want to change the shape or color of it
after a root canal
after a core build up
After a root canal treatment, it is especially important to get a crown afterwards. Typically after the decay has been fully excavated, there won't be much tooth structure left.
It's beneficial and necessary to get a core build up to rebuild the lost structure. Afterwards a crown is placed over it to protect it from further damage and harm.
How we can help
The entire process to get a dental crown with our long island city dentists at Jackson Ave Dental will take two visits. The first visit is the preparation and impression. The second visit is the try in and cementation.
Brand new teeth
First Visit: 45-60 minutes
The first visit will take the longest since the bulk of the procedure is done here. The tooth needs to be prepared or resized to fit a porcelain restoration over it. After that a mold of it is taken and sent to the lab for fabrication.
Administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth.
Prepare the teeth by shaving down the enamel and dentin layers.
Take an impression of the teeth and bite with PVS.
Select a tooth shade to match adjacent dentition.
Make a temporary crown with acrylic and glue in temporary cement.
Send the tooth molds to the dental lab for fabrication.
Second Visit: 30 minutes
The second appointment is usually very quick. It is meant to try in your brand new tooth. Some adjustments may be necessary to correct the bite and contacts if it feels too highly while biting or tight while flossing.
Apply numbing for your comfort.
Remove temporary crown.
Try in the permanent one and assess for fit and aesthetics.
Adjust the bite and contacts where you floss through.
Polish it to make it smooth and shiny.
Glue it in with permanent dental cement.
On average, insurance will cover dental crowns at 50% of the total cost. That means you may be responsible for paying half of the cost out of pocket but it depends on your specific insurance plan.
Most PPO dental insurances consider it as a major procedure, which is why it covers less. If you're curious as to why, you can reference our insurance survival guide.
Our dentists at Jackson Ave Dental are in network with most of the major PPO dental insurances. What that translates to is additional cost savings for you when compared to seeing an out of network provider.
How long does it last?
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, PFM crowns have an aesthetic longevity of 10 years but a functional longevity of 20 years. What that means is that the porcelain may start chipping after 10 years but it can still function for 20 years total.
Most of the research data is on the porcelain fused to metal tooth caps since they've in service the longest. The all ceramic crowns are a recent additional and breakthrough for dental technology.
There aren't really "alternatives" for crowns because they're the last resort to extend the lifespan of a tooth once it's been filled too many times. Yes, there is a limit to how many times you can get a dental filling before it needs to be crowned.
Although technically speaking, you can also choose to extract the tooth and then replace it with an implant or partial denture (fixed or removable).
Dental implants are an alternative replacement option that is also fixed in the mouth. The advantage is that you can floss through the which bridges can't. The disadvantage is that they are more expensive and take longer to get done.
Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth. Although it does require you to prepare and crown the adjacent teeth to be used as abutments.
Dentures are a less costly removable option to replace teeth. The downside is that it requires at least 5-6 visits to make it. They are also not fixed so they can get loose and come out.