Porcelain Crowns
in New York City & Manhattan, NY

What Are Porcelain Crowns and How Can They Improve My Smile?

Teeth can sometimes become damaged due to fractures and extensive decay. Unfortunately, these issues are a natural part of the aging process of teeth, but there are some comprehensive ways to protect and restore your teeth with the help of your dentist. In Manhattan, Dr. Chern offers comprehensive restoration methods to help damaged teeth and keep your smile healthy for the long term. In New York City, porcelain tooth crowns are among the most effective methods of restoring teeth.

When a tooth is suffering from extensive decay or fractures, a dental crown is the best option for protecting and restoring your health and your smile. A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented to the entirety of the tooth and sits along the base of the gumline. Dental crowns are sculpted to blend in perfectly with the surrounding teeth by closely replicating the look and feel of tooth enamel. At our Manhattan practice, we provide custom-made porcelain and metal crowns to patients looking for the best restorative options to support and improve function and aesthetics. Your dental crown will look (and feel) like your tooth, and the best part is that you won’t even know it’s there!

There are a few different materials available for crowns, but porcelain is one of the most popular options for its natural look that most closely resembles real teeth. Other options can include metal, gold, or porcelain fused to metal, all of which offer different benefits like durability and biocompatibility. One type may be better than the other simply based on the tooth’s location (front vs. back), tooth structure, and periodontal condition so Dr. Chern will discuss your best options. For people seeking a restorative solution to a missing tooth (or teeth), dental implants or a dental bridge will be a better solution than dental crowns.

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

Restore and Protect Teeth

Porcelain crowns can be used to entirely cover (cap) a damaged tooth. This can be a good option in cases of fractured teeth, broken teeth, or weakened teeth due to extensive tooth decay. In this case, crowns can both protect the teeth from further damage or decay as well as restore the appearance of your smile.

Achieve Cosmetic Goals

Along with repairing and strengthening the tooth, crowns can also be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth. If a tooth is badly shaped or discolored, then a crown can help restore the tooth to a more natural and uniform appearance. With a tooth restoration procedure in our Midtown East dental office, your crown will likely be undetectable when you smile.

Support Other Dental Work

Crowns can be used to supplement other dental techniques and devices like porcelain veneers or implants and may even be the first step in your treatment plan that includes other restorative options. Additionally, they can be used to help cover large fillings or root canals to both protect the underlying teeth and preserve their appearance.

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Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Crowns Manhattan?

Virtually any dental patient who is suffering from a broken, cracked, or fractured tooth is a good candidate for a porcelain crown. They are suitable solutions for any patient suffering from missing teeth or tooth decay. Dental crowns are often used to support a tooth that required root canal therapy or a large dental filling, which can each result in a weakened tooth that may be susceptible to further damage or decay otherwise. Patients must understand that this restorative work must be complete before the crown is placed, however, so that decay does not progress below the crown. Finally, porcelain dental crowns may be placed for patients who wish to address cosmetic dental issues, as all-porcelain crowns are custom-made according to the precise size, shape, and color needs. Dr. Chern will determine whether a porcelain crown is right for you after an appointment at her New York office.

Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team

To learn more about Porcelain Crowns in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.

The Crown Treatment Process and What to Expect

Your First Appointment (60 minutes)

  • Once a dental crown is recommended, your teeth will be examined by Dr. Chern, and x-rays will be taken. The x-rays can help us check the roots of the tooth and the surrounding bone.
  • If the tooth can be restored by a dental crown, then placement will begin. If crowns are being used following another restorative dentistry solution, such as a root canal, Dr. Chern will first explain and complete that dental work before placing the crown.
  • Dr. Chern will discuss different options for materials, such as ceramic, noble metal, and porcelain. We’ll also take photographs and make a preliminary model for your temporary crown by taking an impression or scan of the tooth.
  • Dr. Chern will gently reduce your tooth’s natural size to fit the crown properly. This step includes a local anesthetic so that you’re relaxed and comfortable.
  • The impression or scan is sent to a lab for custom fabrication of your tooth crown. Dr. Chern creates temporary crowns to restore full function while the permanent crown is being made.

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Your Second Appointment (30-45 minutes)

  • Approximately 1-2 weeks later, we will have you come in for your try-on of the permanent crown. 
  • Your temporary crown will be removed, and the crown will be placed and checked for form, fit, and function.
  • An x-ray to confirm the fit will be taken and the crown will be prepared for final cementation. The crown will be placed with durable cement and final care instructions will be given to you. Once complete, you can return home.

Your Follow-Up Appointment (15 minutes)

We’ll schedule a 1-2 week follow-up appointment at our New York office and evaluate the look and feel of your new dental restoration. If you have any concerns with your new crown, Dr. Chern can assess how things are going and recommend the best course of action.

Porcelain Crown FAQs

Are dental crowns worth the money?

Dental crowns are an excellent was to restore a tooth for ideal function. The investment will ensure you can eat and bite with your tooth as if it was new.

Can a crown last a lifetime?

If taken care of properly, a crown can last 5 to 10 plus years.

Are Porcelain Crowns good?

Porcelain crowns are very strong durable and very esthetically pleasing.

Can I get a crown without a root canal?

A crown can be done without a root canal for restorative reasons and to get better function.

Are zirconia crowns more expensive than porcelain?

Fees vary among dental practitioners but there is usually no difference in fees between dental ceramics.

Can porcelain crowns crack?

Just like a tooth, in rare cases a porcelain crown can chip or crack.

Which porcelain crown is best?

The best porcelain material can be determined by your dentist. They have different strengths and esthetics so the choice depends on where in the mouth the tooth is.

What is porcelain crowns front teeth?

A porcelain crown can also be placed in the front of the mouth to restore function to broken or damaged teeth in the front of the mouth.

What is better porcelain or ceramic crowns?

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are both strong and esthetic. One Is not necessarily better than another.

How strong is a porcelain crown?

Porcelain crowns come in different strengths. The stronger the crown, the slightly less esthetic it can be. Strengths range from 80 megapascal to 400 megapascal.

What happens if my crown falls off?

Occasionally the cement can wash out of a crown and the crown can be re-cemented. If there is decay under the crown then the crown will need to be redone.

How do dentists adjust crowns?

Crowns are adjusted with special diamond encrusted burs for a drill.

How do I keep my crown white?

A crown does not discolor because of a glazing process which locks in the final shade.

How long do porcelain fused to metal crowns last?

If taken care of properly, a crown can last 5 to 10 plus years.

How often do crowns need to be replaced?

If taken care of properly, a crown can last 5 to 10 plus years. If there is cavity on the remaining tooth or a crack in the porcelain, a crown may need to be changed sooner.

Do porcelain crowns stain?

A crown does not stain because of a glazing process which locks in the final shade.

What happens if a crown is too high?

Crowns can be adjusted if they are too high with special diamond encrusted burs for a drill.

What does a crown look like on a tooth?

A crown looks exactly like neighboring teeth and sometimes crowns are used to improve esthetics.

What causes a porcelain crown to crack?

Porcelain cracks due to excess biting force and/or issues during crown production.

How long does crown lengthening take to heal?

Crown lengthening is a gum and bone augmentation procedure. Healing time ranges from initial healing of 1 week to final healing at 4-6 weeks.

How long do porcelain crowns last?

If taken care of properly, a crown can last 5 to 10 plus years.

How is a porcelain crown removed?

A porcelain crown is removed with special dental instruments and by making cuts with a drill into the tooth to break the seal of the cement.

How do you know if you have decay under a crown?

Routine examinations at your dentists office and X-rays will be able to diagnose if you have decay under a crown.

Do dentist guarantee crowns?

Some dentists guarantee crown work for several years after placement but this is practitioner specific.

Can a crown be filled?

Occasionally a root canal is done through a crown and the opening can be filled with filling material.

How do you care for a porcelain crown?

It is important to see your dentists for routine check-ups and maintain great hygiene in order to get great longevity from your crown.

Do Dental Crowns feel like real teeth?

Dental crowns should feel like real teeth and occasionally patients report they feel better than natural teeth.

Caring For Your Crown

Taking good care of your teeth will guarantee they stay healthy and functional for a lifetime. Additionally, taking care of your crown will help you get the most out of your investment. For the most part, caring for your dental crown involves most of the same steps that you should follow to care for your natural teeth. Follow these steps to take care of your crown for the long term:

  • Eat a healthy diet (cut back on sweets and soft drinks)
  • See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for a hygiene appointment
  • Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
  • Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)

Why do crowns fall off?

Crowns can fall off due to decay under the crown or cement leakage.

Which is better zirconia or porcelain crown?

Zirconia is a harder material than porcelain. One is not better than another. It all depends on where in the mouth it is placed and if esthetics are a major concern.

Why do I need a crown?

A crown is needed to provide extra support to a compromised tooth to withstand biting forces.

Which dental crown is best?

Materials vary for dental crowns. Which is best suited for your needs is something that should be discussed with your dentist.

What type of crown lasts the longest?

A crown lasts 5-10 years plus if maintained and placed properly. nGold alloy crowns are the most bio-compatible and last the longest.

Should I have my tooth pulled or get a crown?

It is always preferable to save a tooth. If crowning is necessary to restore function then it is imperative to try to save the remaining tooth structure.

What should I do if a crown falls off?

You should contact your dentist as soon as possible and store it in a clean, dry place till further instructions are given.

What is a crown tooth repair?

Damaged tooth structure can be repaired by placing a dental crown over the tooth.

Should I get a crown or pull the tooth?

It is always preferable to save a tooth. If crowning is necessary to restore function then it is imperative to try to save the remaining tooth structure.

What if there is not enough tooth for a crown?

If there is not enough tooth structure, a post can be placed in the tooth to rebuild crown structure. I a post is not an option then a tooth may need extraction.

Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

The crown process involves local anesthesia and should be painless.

Is Crown better than filling?

If a large amount of tooth structure is missing, a filling may not be supportive enough and a crown will be recommended.

What do dentists use to glue on crowns?

Special dental cements are used to glue in a crown.

Is a crown stronger than a tooth?

Enamel is the strongest structure. Dental ceramics vary in strength and certainly come close in strength.

Is a crown a fake tooth?

A crown is not a fake tooth. A crown covers your remaining tooth structure.

How many times can you replace crowns?

if necessary, a crown can be replaced infinite amounts of time.

How long do zirconia crowns last?

A zirconia crown lasts 5-10 years plus if maintained and placed properly.

How strong is a porcelain crown?

A porcelain crown has 300 megapascal of strength with biting forces.

How often do crowns fall out?

It is rare to have a crown fall off.

How long do dental crowns last?

A crown lasts 5-10 years plus if maintained and placed properly.

How long after a crown is cemented can I eat?

You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off.

How does a dentist remove a crown?

A crown can be removed by drilling through it or with forceps.

How do I keep my crown white?

A crown has a glaze over it so it rarely picks up stain. Regular brushing and dental cleanings will maintain its color.

How do you replace a crown?

A crown can be removed and re-shaped to receive a new crown.

How do you clean under a crown?

It is not possible to clean under a crown because it is tightly cemented onto your tooth.

Does Sensodyne work on crowns?

Sensodyne only works on exposed tooth structure. A crown covers your tooth so Sensodyne is ineffective on crown structure.

How can you tell if you have tooth decay under a crown?

Decay can be diagnosed by your dentist and threw radiographs.

Do porcelain crowns break?

On occasion, porcelain crowns can break or chip.

How do they fix a cavity under a crown?

A crown has to be removed in order to remove the cavity and a new crown must be placed.

Do crowns on front teeth look natural?

Crowns on front teeth look very natural and are matched perfectly to remaining tooth structure.

Can you pull a crown off?

It is not recommended to attempt to pull a crown off that is permanently cemented.

Can you eat normally with a crown?

You can eat normally with a crown. It replaces the structure and strength of the tooth it is covering.

Do crowns last longer than veneers?

Crowns do not necessarily last longer than veneers.

Do all root canals need a crown?

All posterior teeth require extra support by crowning the teeth.

Can you replace a crown with another crown?

A faulty crown can be replaced by a new crown.

Can I get a cavity under a crown?

Decay can form under or around a crown where there is exposed tooth structure.

Can I get a crown without a root canal?

If there is a functional problem with any tooth in the mouth, a crown can be a great treatment option. A root canal is not always necessary.

Can crowns last 30 years?

A crown lasts 5-10 years plus if maintained and placed properly. nIf maintained well, some people have crowns for 30 years.

Can I floss around my crown?

You must floss around a crown in order to avoid a cavity.

Can front teeth be crowned?

Any tooth in the mouth can be crowned including a front tooth.

Can food get trapped under a crown?

If the crown is ill-fitting or has a cavity, food can get caught.

Can flossing loosen a crown?

Flossing can not loosen a crown that is permanently cemented.

Are crowns better than veneers?

Crowns provide more support for a tooth. They are not necessarily better than veneers.

Are zirconia crowns more expensive than porcelain?

Crown fees vary depending on materials. The price differences are related in the different prices of the lab making them. In general, ceramics are in the same price range.

Can a crown last a lifetime?

A crown lasts 5-10 years plus if maintained and placed properly. In some cases, a crown truly can last forever.

How long does it take to fit a crown?

It usually takes two appointments to measure and fit a crown. The first appointment is about an hour and will include x-rays, discussion on materials used to make the crown, and the dentist will reduce the size of the affected tooth. The second appointment is usually 30-45 minutes and consists of fitting the crown on the tooth and checking for comfort, fit, and function.

What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?

Personalized Care

We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to your oral health. Dr. Chern will evaluate your teeth and gums, working closely with our team to create a custom solution.

Comfortable Office

Our bright and modern Midtown East Manhattan office was designed with you in mind. Enjoy a calming atmosphere and comfortable amenities to help you feel at ease.

Health-First Approach

New York General Dentistry uses modern techniques and equipment to ensure your treatment is a success.

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