Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain Crowns & Bridges Specialists
- Dental Crown Procedure, Cost, and Types
- Porcelain Dental Crown Cost in NYC
- Types of Dental Crowns
- Dental Crown Considerations
- What Is a Dental Bridge?
- 209 NYC Dental
209 NYC Dental in Midtown East Manhattan offers a wide array of options for the replacement of missing teeth, including comfortable, natural-looking dental implants, bridges, and crowns to help patients throughout New York City improve their appearance and feel more confident in the way they look.
Dental Crown Procedure, Cost, and Types
A dental crown, also known as a porcelain crown, ceramic crown, tooth crown, or crown implant, is a dental restoration fabricated in the laboratory setting by a technician. A dental crown can be made out of different materials like gold, ceramic, metal alloys, and porcelain and is fused to metal.
The dental crown procedure, however, is performed by a licensed dentist and requires significant skills. During the preparation process, the dentist will remove some of the tooth structure across the entire tooth to accommodate the new dental crown. Any compromised tooth structure, like decay or cracks, is also removed during dental crown prep.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
Please note our office uses 3D scanners, so instead of the dental impression that you see in this video, the doctor uses a digital wand. In addition, because we use 3D scanners, the impression time is much shorter. Your overall experience is much more pleasant.
This procedure is a two-visit treatment identical to that of ceramic onlay and inlay. If you are interested in detailed descriptions of the process, please check out our Porcelain & Composite Fillings article.
Temporary dental crowns are inserted upon completion of the prep. They will last until the cementation of the permanent crown.
Porcelain Dental Crown Cost in NYC
209 NYC dental is contracted with many PPO dental insurances. If you have dental insurance and your dentist participates with your insurance, the dental crown as well as your copay will be determined by your insurance. Our dental billing coordinator will submit a pre-treatment estimate on your behalf to get details of the total cost and your portion.
Porcelain Dental Crown Cost in NYC Without Insurance
The average cost of a dental crown in NYC without insurance varies from $800-$3000. This fee does not include any additional procedures that may be required, like a root canal, crown lengthening, or a core buildup. The price of the crown depends on the doctor and crown specialist’s expertise, material used, and location of the dental office. Even though 209 NYC Dental offers competitive mid-to-lower range pricing, our doctors believe that everyone deserves to get the best treatment.
209 NYC Dental is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan and open 7 days a week, providing our patients with additional flexibility when scheduling. With over 20 years of experience, we have expanded into a multi-specialty practice with the ability to aid you with any dental issue, all in one location.
Book a free consultation with one of our highly trained dentists and learn all you need to know to make a decision!
When Do I Need Porcelain Crowns?
With so many replacement options to restore your damaged or missing tooth, it is important to understand what is the proper treatment for each type of dental damage. In the dental arsenal of procedures, we have dental bondings, ceramic onlays and inlays, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers to restore most of the damage caused by decay or fractures or to enhance one’s smile.
With porcelain and composite fillings, we discuss in detail when it is more appropriate to restore the tooth with dental bondings or porcelain onlays. Our porcelain veneers article can help you find a detailed explanation of when dental veneers are considered the best treatment. Here, we would like to review the circumstances when a dental crown procedure is required.
Reasons to restore the tooth with a dental crown:
- If you need a root canal or had a root canal treatment done, it is advised to reconstruct the tooth with a porcelain crown. After a root canal procedure, the tooth becomes brittle and may break under biting pressure. Thus, promptly restoring it with a crown is suggested.
- If the tooth is significantly broken and a porcelain onlay may not obtain proper retention to provide a long-lasting result, the dentist will recommend placing a crown over the broken tooth.
- If there is an old crown that needs to be replaced due to fracture, decay, or cosmetic reasons, a new crown will be required to replace the old one.
Types of Dental Crowns
The types of dental crowns, in reality, describe the types of materials used to fabricate the crown, but the concept and process from the patient’s standpoint are the same.
- All–ceramic crowns, such as eMax press: These are the dental crowns that usually have the most natural-looking color and are a great choice for front teeth or as an alternative for those with metal allergies. However, they can wear down after time and are not the strongest option.
- Zirconia crowns: These are a popular, relatively new choice for crowns. Zirconia crowns are long-lasting, strong, and can usually be shaped at the dental office. They are not likely to cause allergic reactions, but they may be difficult to adjust to and can wear down the surrounding teeth over time.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns: These crowns have a natural color and can be color-matched to the teeth near them. These crowns are a good choice for front or back teeth, but they may chip, break off, or wear down surrounding teeth over time.
- Gold crowns: Preferable for back teeth, these crowns are strong, highly resistant to breaking, and do not require much removal of the natural tooth. However, they are the least natural-looking options and may produce allergic reactions in some patients.
So when a dental crown has been diagnosed, the position of the tooth, the bite, and the aesthetics have to be considered when choosing the right type of dental crown. The most popular type of dental crowns are currently Zirconia and eMax Press crowns. Both of these options have metal-free caps with beautiful aesthetics and longevity.
There are also some considerations for dental crowns depending on where you need them.
- Dental crowns on the back teeth: Zirconia crowns are more opaque than eMax caps, but if you are a bruxer, they might be a better choice.
- Dental crowns for the front teeth: If you need dental crowns on your front teeth and you are not a grinder, eMax crowns offer a very natural-looking option to restore your teeth. At 209 NYC Dental, we work with a top-of-the-line dental lab and ceramic specialist, which ensures that our results produce beautiful and natural-looking teeth. Check out our smile gallery of before-and-after dental crowns to judge for yourself.
Dental Crown vs. Onlay
With so many dental crown options, it is easy to confuse this dental procedure with other available choices, like onlays. Here are some of the most significant similarities and differences between the two dental treatments.
- Similarities: Both dental treatments reconstruct damaged teeth and have the same preparation and delivery process. Crowns and onlays can also be made of the same material, ceramic or gold. The cost of these treatments is comparative.
- Differences: The size and the amount of tooth filed down to accommodate the new restoration is the biggest difference between the two.
Dental Cap vs. Crown
The two terms mean the same. The phrase dental cap is a colloquialism that was derived from the phrase “dental crown caps the tooth.”
Dental Implant vs. Crown
These two procedures are not alternatives to each other under any circumstances. A dental crown restores an existing tooth, while a dental implant restores a missing tooth. If you want to save a tooth that has a questionable diagnosis and were told that your options are a root canal, post and core, and a dental crown, or extraction, dental implant, and implant crown, we would suggest considering your finances.
If you choose option one and the tooth still requires extraction, you will end up paying for both treatments. If your finances are not a concern, having your own tooth is always a plus.
Dental Crown Considerations
Dental procedures, including dental crowns, are unique to every individual’s needs. Here are some things to consider during and after getting a dental crown:
- Tooth reduction: With significant advancements in ceramic dentistry, dental crowns are a less needed treatment than they used to be. Due to a significant reduction in tooth structure, crowns are not as desired anymore, since ceramic onlays and inlays provide the same type of restoration while being a more conservative treatment that does not require the same reduction of the tooth.
- Aesthetic value: If the crown is a porcelain fused to metal, eventually the metal edge of the crown will start to show. If aesthetics are important to you, replacement of the crown will be required.
- Possible crown loss: Just like any restoration, a dental cap may come off because of various reasons.
What to Do If Your Dental Crown Falls Off
Is this a dental emergency? Yes, it is? Do you have to be seen right away? What to do if you have no access to the dentist? If a dental crown falls off, you absolutely have to see a dentist to have them check the tooth, clean the crown, and re-cement it with permanent cement if there are no contradictions.
If you are away or it is a Sunday, it is not an emergency that has to be addressed immediately unless you are in pain. You can buy a temporary, over-the-counter cement in the nearest pharmacy and temporarily cement the crown. Please remember, it is only a temporary solution. Temporary cement does not provide a proper sterile environment that the tooth requires to avoid getting decayed again.
In addition, there might be an underlying reason why the crown came off, and if this issue is not resolved right away, it may cause more toothache and expense in the future.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A tooth bridge is a special dental apparatus that spans, or bridges, the gap made by one or more teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. Bridges rest on the teeth on either side of the gap, which are usually protected by strong dental crowns — coverings that surround an entire tooth to provide strength.
While in the past dental bridges and removable dentures were the only option to replace missing teeth, with progress in implant dentistry, patients and dentists now have many options, including implant crowns and implant bridges to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth, and implant dentures for a full mouth reconstruction.
What Should I Expect During a Bridge Procedure?
Bridges usually take two visits to complete. In the first visit, the teeth on either side of the gap will be shaped to make room for crowns, and a digital impression will be made of the gap so the bridge can be made to fit. Temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth to protect them while your bridge and crowns are being made. At the second visit, the crowns will be placed on your teeth using a strong adhesive, and the bridge will be attached as well.
Fixed bridges are permanently attached to the crowns using a bonding adhesive, while removable bridges attach using clips.
Contact the Specialists at 209 NYC Dental for Your Next Procedure
We want to help you improve your smile and self-esteem with our quality dental treatments and restoration services if you are experiencing tooth loss. Contact us today to learn more about our oral hygiene services, or book an appointment online to schedule your next procedure with us.
Author: Dr. Ben Ifraimov
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