If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, crowns can preserve your tooth, limit further damage, and prevent an extraction. At Dr. Sameh Aknouk Dental Services PC, with two convenient locations in Union Square, Manhattan, and the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, New York, Daniel Aknouk, DDS, and his team manufacture and apply dental crowns on-site. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office, or book online today.
Crowns Q & A
Crowns are prosthetic covers that strengthen and support a broken or otherwise damaged tooth.
The most popular types of crowns are those made of porcelain or ceramic. They mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel, blending in with your smile. Once bonded, a crown covers the entire portion of your tooth above the gum line, making it easier to bite and chew confidently.
The team at Dr. Sameh Aknouk Dental Services uses crowns to address various problems, including to:
- Protect weak teeth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Make a cosmetic modification
- Cover a dental implant
- Support a tooth with a filling
The team also uses crowns to restore broken or severely worn down teeth.
Getting crowns usually takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart. At your initial consultation, your provider reviews your oral health history, conducts an oral exam, and asks about your symptoms.
Next, your provider prepares your tooth to receive the crown. They administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and gums and carefully shave a thin layer of enamel off the top and sides of your tooth. Afterward, your provider takes digital impressions.
Your provider sends your impressions to the on-site dental laboratory. The lab workers use your impressions to manufacture a custom crown. The following week, you return to Dr. Sameh Aknouk Dental Services PC. Your provider carefully bonds the crown to your tooth at the second appointment, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
If you want your crown to last for a long time, it’s important to take good care of it. Make sure to brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Sameh Aknouk Dental Services PC every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To prevent damage to your crown, avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes. If you play contact sports, skateboard, or mountain bike, you should also wear a mouthguard during physical activity.
If you’re interested in learning more about crowns, schedule an appointment at Dr. Sameh Aknouk Dental Services PC. Book a consultation by calling the nearest office or booking online today.