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Porcelain Dental Crowns – Cortlandt, NY

Maintain A Confident Smile After Dental Damage

Smiling woman outdoors At the Cortlandt dental office of Dr. Paul S. Taxin, we partner with patients to achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles with regular preventive dental appointments. When tooth decay and damage does occur, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry solutions to fully repair the form, function, and appearance of your smile. Dental crowns are some of the most commonly used dental restorations, and they offer us the ability to strengthen and protect damaged teeth, leaving patients with healthy, properly functioning smiles. If you’re in need of dental repair or any other dentistry services, call our Cortland Manor dentistry office to schedule an appointment right away. It’s always best to get started repairing your smile as soon as possible to avoid advanced dental damage that is more difficult to repair.

What are Dental Crowns?

Model dental crowns before placement

A dental crown is an advanced restoration used to replace lost tooth structure and protect the remaining healthy structure from additional damage or decay. The restorations are available in a variety of materials, and each has its own unique advantages. In most situations, we recommend tooth-colored, porcelain dental crowns to completely mimic the appearance of healthy, natural tooth structures.

When are Dental Crowns Used?

Smile during dental crown placement

Dental crowns can be used to repair teeth or enhance the appearance of your smile as part of a variety of treatment plans, including:

  • To repair teeth that have moderate decay, chips, or cracks
  • To conceal cosmetic flaws as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan
  • To protect teeth that have been treated with root canals
  • To replace a damaged or lost filling
  • To support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic
  • To replace a single missing tooth when attached to a dental implant post

How are Restorations Placed?

Lab technician crafting dental crown

Dental crowns are placed over the course of two appointments in our dental office. At your first visit, we begin by numbing the area around the damaged tooth. Then, we remove a small amount of tooth enamel all the way around the tooth to allow your dental crown to sit on top of the remaining dental structures without changing the shape of your smile line. Once teeth are prepared, we capture impressions of your smile that will be used by our dental lab to create your custom crown. In the meantime, a temporary restoration is placed to protect your prepared tooth. When we receive your final restoration from the lab, you can return to our office to exchange the temporary for your custom-crafted, high-quality dental crown.

Do I Need to Change my Oral Hygiene Routine?

Woman comparing mouthwash

With porcelain dental crowns, you may want to make some slight adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. The goal is to use soft and minimally abrasive products to avoid wearing down the porcelain more quickly than is necessary. We recommend ultra-soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes. A waxed floss may also be preferable to avoid tugging around the edges of your dental crowns. We can help you find the right products and show you the best brushing and flossing techniques before you leave our office.