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A dental crown in New York, New York, is a tooth-shaped cap that addresses any number of dental issues. It is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel layer of a tooth that is cast from either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy.

A dental crown is most commonly used to restore a tooth that is suffering from a large cavity. This also includes a tooth that has a missing filling.

It can also be a wise preventative measure to treat chipped, fractured, the damaged tooth enamel that will invite bacteria to form an area of tooth decay. Since some of the enamel has already been lost, the decay could spread quickly into the internal structures of the tooth. When this happens, your dentists, Drs. Tanners and Manson, might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed and infected structures.

Restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown prevents the bacteria in your mouth from having access to the sensitive interior structures of the tooth. This restores the function of the tooth and protects it in the long term.

Cosmetic dentistry might use a porcelain crown to improve a tooth’s appearance. If one of the teeth in your smile has a large chip or past fillings that have become noticeable, it can seriously mar your smile. While dental veneers can sometimes be used to restore the face of a tooth, a dental crown might still be used. This is especially true if the tooth has a shallow amount of enamel or additional areas of decay.

If you have a tooth in need of a dental crown, you should call 212-697-1122 to schedule an appointment at our office.