There are lots of cosmetic dentistry treatments available to people who would like to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile and boost their self-confidence. You may already be familiar with some of them, such as teeth whitening and Invisalign aligners. But what about tooth contouring and reshaping? This lesser-known procedure is actually commonly performed, either as a standalone treatment or as part of another cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Cosmetic tooth contouring and reshaping involve the gentle and strategic removal of some of the tooth’s enamel. The removal of a little enamel can achieve a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance of the tooth in cases when the tooth is slightly misshapen. In some cases, tooth reshaping also involves the use of dental bonding material. Bonding is a procedure in which the cosmetic dentist applies composite resin material to the tooth to fill in cracks or chips. The bonding material is then shaped and polished to form a natural appearance.
Although cosmetic tooth contouring can be done as a standalone treatment, it can also serve as a preparatory method for additional cosmetic dentistry treatments other than the application of composite resin.
By itself, tooth contouring is only capable of making minor adjustments to the symmetry of a tooth. But when it’s paired with a cosmetic treatment like dental veneers, a dramatic transformation can be achieved. Dental veneers are wafer-thin sheets that are adhered to the visible sides of teeth. They instantly cover up stubborn discoloration, cracks, chips, gaps, and similar cosmetic problems. However, in order to accommodate for the thickness of the veneer, the dentist must first remove a little enamel from the tooth.
Similarly, the placement of a porcelain crown also requires enamel removal. A crown is a cap that looks just like a tooth. To make room for it, the dentist must remove a significant amount of the natural enamel—up to 75% in cases where severe decay or structural damage was present.
Due to the removal of enamel, patients receiving either a crown or dental veneers should know that the treated teeth will always need to have an appropriate dental restoration. That is, if a crown fails or the veneers reach the end of their lifetime, they will need to be replaced.
Before performing the treatment, the dentist will take some x-rays to make sure that the removal of the enamel will not adversely affect the dental pulp. Then, cosmetic dentists can use either a drill or a laser to gently remove the enamel. Misshapen areas are trimmed and smoothed. Then, bonding may be used, or a dental crown or veneer will be applied.
If you are curious about whether tooth contouring and reshaping could be the right solution for your smile problems, then come visit Long Island’s leading cosmetic dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot in Huntington, LI provide personalized, one-on-one consultations designed to offer world-class patient education and customized smile makeover recommendations. Here, you’ll find a full suite of cosmetic dentistry options, including porcelain veneers and crowns. Get in touch today and schedule an appointment!
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Put simply, crowns are artificial tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged tooth. These caps are affixed to the tooth with a strong cement. They can hold together a partially broken tooth, cover a misshapen tooth or dental implant, cover a root canal, hold a dental bridge in place, or restore a broken tooth. Usually, within a couple of days, a crown will feel as comfortable and strong as a healthy natural tooth.
As covered above, crowns can be made from metal. However, due to health concerns and appearance, more and more patients are choosing metal-free dentistry. Metal-free dental crowns can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain, resin, and ceramics. One of the biggest benefits of these other materials is that they are tooth-colored; they’ll blend in with the rest of your mouth. People won’t be able to tell that you’ve had any dental work done at all.
Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offers cutting-edge CEREC same day ceramic crowns. Getting caps usually takes several dental visits, but with the help of computer-aided manufacturing, we can produce and secure the perfect crown in just one visit. We start by taking a 3-D picture of your damaged tooth. Then, we use CAD software to design a cap, and our in house manufacturing unit does the rest.
Ceramics are stronger than porcelain or resin, look like natural, healthy teeth, and contain no heavy metals. They’re the perfect mix of convenience, function, and looks, so it’s no wonder they are becoming more and more popular every day.
If you’re looking for an alternative to metal dental crowns, contact Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can be reached by phone or online through our contact form. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick work hard to make the latest dental technology available at affordable rates. Don’t suffer another day with a painful, broken, or disfigured tooth. Get in touch with Long Island’s leading dentists today.
The options can seem endless when it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth. Ideally, the best way to select which option is best for you is by talking to a dental team in an individual one-on-one session. After examining your teeth and listening to other needs and concerns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will be able to recommend either crowns or veneers.
Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantage of each:
Crowns, or dental caps, can be used to correct a variety of tooth issues. Typically, the crown is molded to match the original structure of your tooth and is then adhered to the remaining root of your original tooth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or broken teeth, repair teeth after root canals, protected weakened teeth, correct gaps, repair decaying teeth, and as a base for dental bridges.
Pros and Cons of Crowns
While traditional crowns can usually take several visits to complete the process, new technology has now allowed for same-day crown placement. Using digital mapping technology, custom-sized CERC crowns are molded in minutes to match the space, color, and look of your other teeth. The advantages of this procedure are that it is relatively quick, painless, can last up to 15 years, and is often covered by insurance. One of the major downsides of crowns is that it requires a tooth root. If this is severely damaged, dental implants may be a better option.
Patients concerned with a myriad of factors in their smile may opt for veneers. Veneers consist of a very thin (yet durable) material that is bonded to the visible portion of your teeth. This procedure can help correct the appearance of gaps, uneven and misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped or broken teeth, and discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth whitening.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Veneers are a great, easy way to correct a variety of problems and give you a full, bright smile you love. They also leave more of your original tooth intact, making it a less invasive procedure over crowns. Some of the disadvantages are that you may need to be a bit more cautious about how you treat them. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should avoid chewing on ice, pens, nails, and other hard objects that may damage the thin veneers. It may also be difficult or impossible to correctly adhere veneers to teeth that are too damaged or missing too much enamel.
Finding the best fit for you
There are many pros and cons to crowns and veneers and choosing the right one is unique to each patient. If you are ready to correct your smile and increase your confidence, schedule an appointment Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We can discuss crowns, veneers, implants and other dental options with you to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs.
Dental crowns are like a cap that fits snugly around the natural tooth. Crowns are made to mimic the look, function, and feel of natural teeth. Your dentist can customize them to fit the exact shade of the rest of your smile. If you were to examine the smile of someone with crowns, you’d never be able to tell the difference between the teeth with crowns and those without them. If you are considering dental crowns as a smile solution, you may have some questions before proceeding.
There are a number of reasons why your dentist might have recommended a crown. If you need a root canal, the tooth will likely need to be capped afterward. You’ll also need a crown if you’re going to get a dental bridge or if you have a tooth that is severely damaged or weakened from decay or physical trauma. For example, you might have cracked or completely broken a tooth during a sports activity.
Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic dentistry purposes, such as to cover up a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored and won’t respond well to teeth whitening. In addition, crowns are used in dental implant procedures. They are the tooth-like prosthesis that caps the implant.
At most dental clinics, it requires two appointments. During the first appointment, you’ll have the exam. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by filing it down or filling it in if it’s severely damaged. Then, an impression of the tooth will be taken. Normally, that impression must be sent to an off-site lab to get the crown custom-made. This can take about two weeks. Then, you’ll return to the office to have the crown put in place.
However, some dentists have invested in CEREC technology. This allows your crown to be custom-milled onsite and then immediately applied—with no need for a second appointment!
It varies from patient to patient. It can last as little as five years or as many as several decades or longer! In some cases, the crown can outlast the tooth underneath it. The tooth may develop a cavity, for instance. You can help your crown and your natural teeth last as long as possible by taking good care of your oral health. Visit your dentist every six months, brush at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily.
If you still have questions about dental crowns, or if you’ve decided to get one, you can schedule a one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’re proud to offer CEREC technology, which enables you to get your crown in just one appointment! When you make your appointment, be sure to ask us about other cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.
Call our South Huntington dental office today! We work with most major insurance carriers and also participate in flexible payment options.
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