Smile Shack provides dental crowns for patients in Port Jefferson Station, NY.
To learn more and schedule your appointment, please call us today at 631-928-7500 .
Dental crowns or caps are an essential part of dental and oral health to maintain and protect teeth that are broken down due to cavities, trauma, and/or esthetics. Your teeth are important for eating, speaking, and smiling. At the Smile Shack, we only recommend crowns due to need and your wishes. We will work with you to determine the best treatment for you to achieve complete health.
Our process begins with providing the best treatment. We review your medical history and dental history in detail. If a crown is the best fit for you, we begin with a warm welcome into our dental office with aromatherapy and a coffee station. We believe that the best way to do effective treatment is for you to be at ease and relax during your treatment.
After you are seated in our chair, we provide an in depth explanation to reasons and the purpose of your crown. The process of a crown preparation include throughout review of the health of the nerve of your teeth along with the remaining tooth structure to support a crown. We are making sure the foundation of your crown is rock solid so you will be able to keep your natural tooth without worrying about it. The process usually takes 2-3 visits, as we make sure everything is perfect before we deliver your crown. If you have any concerns or questions, Dr. Shack and her staff are here to address all your questions.
Dr. Shack is highly trained in the most modern technologies of dental crowns. She has done over 1000 crowns throughout her career and continues to learn about new materials and methods to extend the longevity of teeth and achieve complete health. She is part of the Suffolk Dental Society, New York State Dental Society, and American Dental Association. She attends these meetings frequently and rest assured that you are in the best hands.
If a tooth has more extensive decay, a dental crown may be the ideal aesthetic and functional restorative solution.
Choosing to have a crown placed can preserve the natural tooth, which is always the goal as preserving the natural teeth helps maintain the supporting bone structure and stability of the surrounding and adjacent teeth.
The first step in the process is to take an impression that will be used to make a model of the teeth and bite. This allows the crown to be made to look and function like your natural tooth. The tooth will then be prepped, with the decayed areas being removed. An impression of the prepped tooth will be made so that the final crown will fit properly when it is placed.
Sometimes the final crown can be placed on the same day but other times a temporary crown will be placed while your final restoration is being created. Crowns often last a lifetime with proper care and oral hygiene.
There are four common types of crowns:
This type of crown is often used for teeth that are visible when smiling as they are made from a porcelain-based material that retains the look of your natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
These crowns are known for their strength and durability while also allowing for a natural-looking restoration.
These may be used when more strength is needed, particularly for patients who grind their teeth at night.
Base Metal Alloys
These are strong and corrosion-resistant and are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support the crown restoration.