Crowns & Bridges

Dental bridges and crowns can restore your mouth’s functionality and smile. If you have missing or damaged teeth, Liana Stein, DDS, at LianaSmiles in Staten Island, New York, can give you back a healthy set of teeth. If you think you might need a crown or bridge, book an appointment online or over the phone with LianaSmiles today.

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What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a cover for a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.

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Dental Crowns FAQs

Why would I need a crown?

Dr. Stein may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.

Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Teeth weakened by decay, or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Stainless steel.
  • Gold or another alloy.
  • Porcelain fused to metal.
  • Resin.
  • Ceramic.

The material used depends on a range of factors. For example, stainless steel is typically the go-to material for temporary crowns. It's common for dentists to use prefabricated stainless steel crowns to cap children's baby teeth.

Metal crowns are durable and able to endure the impact of chewing and biting, but because of their noticeable color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren't perfect. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

What should I expect when I get a crown?

Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. At the first appointment, you'll have X-rays taken so that your dental professional at LianaSmiles can assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown.

Next, Dr. Stein will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. After that, she will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to the lab and used to custom-make the crown. Dr. Stein will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.

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What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge connects your teeth to make up for any gaps left behind from your missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Stein uses your two anchoring teeth surrounding the gap to hold your bridge in place.

She then uses crowns — false teeth — made out of gold, alloys, or porcelain, to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile.

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Dental Bridges FAQs

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

A bridge can restore your smile if you have missing teeth or severely decayed teeth that need to be removed. Some of the benefits of opting for a dental bridge include:

  • Enhanced face shape.
  • Improved chewing ability.
  • Restored ability to speak.
  • Protection against further tooth damage.

A missing tooth is not just an inconvenience; it can cause damage to your jaw and surrounding teeth. It's, therefore, important to make an appointment with Dr. Stein as soon as possible if you have a missing tooth.

What is the dental bridge process like?

It typically takes two visits to fit you for a dental bridge. During your first appointment, Dr. Stein will prepare your anchoring teeth, make impressions of your anchoring teeth, and send you home with a temporary bridge.

When you return for your second visit, Dr. Stein will implant your dental bridge and make adjustments to ensure that it fits correctly.

If you think you may need a crown or a dental bridge, contact the professional team at LianaSmiles or schedule an appointment online.

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