Dental crowns are used to protect weakened or injured teeth when fillings or dental bonding will not suffice. A dental crown covers the entire visible area of a tooth above the gum line, acting as a cap that helps protect it from future damage. At Aesthetic Oral Arts, Dr. Timothy Pfister offers this effective treatment for New Hartford, NY, patients. In many cases, patients can receive a custom crown in just one visit. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Pfister delivers the highest level of dental care in our community.
Dental crowns offer a wide range of oral health benefits. Some of these include:
- Relieve Discomfort: Many patients with a cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth can experience painful symptoms. By placing a dental crown, Dr. Pfister can remove damaged tissue and protect the tooth from further discomfort.
- Prevent the Need for Extraction: In many cases, a decayed tooth can be saved from extraction with the placement of a dental crown.
- Restore Balance: Worn teeth can create an imbalanced bite, leading to serious oral health concerns. Crowns can ensure that pressure is distributed evenly throughout your dental arch.
Dental crowns not only protect and improve oral health, but also offer aesthetic benefits for a more radiant smile. Dr. Pfister offers tooth-colored crowns that mimic the natural glossy finish of enamel and seamlessly blend with your smile. In addition, crowns can cover and correct irregularities such as discoloration.
Candidacy for Crowns
Though dental crowns are usually recommended for patients who experience cracks, chips, or dental decay, other factors can determine whether or not you are a good candidate. For some patients, previous restorative work requires a dental crown following treatment, such as a dental implant to replace a missing tooth or root canal therapy to treat an infection.
Other patients have purely cosmetic reasons for receiving a crown, such as for teeth that are misshapen, disproportionately small, or are discolored and do not respond to whitening. Finally, Dr. Pfister may recommend dental crowns for teeth that are weakened, and need extra support, are worn from the effects of teeth grinding, or are not aligning properly within the bite.
The Crown Procedure: What to Expect
Traditionally, at least two appointments are needed to complete your dental crown treatment. At the first visit, Dr. Pfister will provide a thorough examination of the affected tooth. The doctor may need to remove areas of decay or perform other preliminary steps. If the tooth needs no further restorative treatment, Dr. Pfister will take impressions to aid in fabricating the permanent crown. The natural tooth is then prepped by removing a small amount of enamel and shaping it to provide a strong foundation. After this is completed, a temporary cap is placed until the permanent crown is completed, roughly two weeks later.
Dr. Pfister uses CEREC technology to offer same-day crowns and save our patients valuable time.
In some instances, the final crown is fabricated and placed the same day. Dr. Pfister uses CEREC® technology to offer same-day restorations, including dental crowns. This advanced technology allows our team to create restorations on-site, saving patients valuable time. The finished restorations are just as durable as traditional dental crowns. For both traditional and same-day crowns, Dr. Pfister will bond the restoration in place using high-quality dental cement. He will make any final adjustments to achieve a comfortable bite and ensure the crown fits naturally around your other teeth.
Sedation Is Available
Although local anesthetic is usually sufficient, we understand patients might be anxious. Dr. Pfister offers sedative options to create a more relaxing experience for those who need it. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedatives so patients can remain comfortable in the dental chair while still remaining responsive and awake during the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
Crowns are typically covered by insurance but we also accept CareCredit® financing. This allows all of our patients to receive the care they need, with a payment plan that works for their lifestyle. If you are ready to learn more about protecting your smile with Dr. Pfister, or have questions regarding the cost of your treatment, please contact our practice at (315) 724-7121.