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Porcelain and Zirconia Dental Crowns

When you break or chip a tooth, the resulting pain requires immediate attention. Fortunately, Dr. Alex Shalman in Downtown NYC offers a range of cosmetically perfect teeth crowns that protect damaged teeth while restoring your smile to its full radiance. You can choose between ceramic crowns, porcelain crowns and zirconia dental crowns. Dr. Shalman guides your choice to the most appropriate for your situation and budget. When you have tooth pain, call Dr. Shalman for an appointment right away. He has weekend and evening hours, too.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a protective cap that your dentist cements in place on a decayed or broken tooth, making it good as new. A color-matched filling may be an appropriate treatment for a minor cavity, but it’s not sufficient for larger damage to a single tooth. When you undergo a root canal procedure, for example, you need a dental crown to cover and protect the tooth from further decay.

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In Lower Manhattan, you can choose a family dentist who’s also an exceptional cosmetic dentist: Dr. Alex Shalman. He cares about your oral health first and foremost, but he also watches the appearance of your smile. As a result, he provides not only the best teeth crowns, expertly prepared and placed, but also the most advanced color-matching process available, so your crown becomes just another tooth.

Zirconia Dental Crown

Why Do I Need a Crown?

The reason you may need a crown depends on the type of crown you’re getting. There are two specific types: a dental cap and the crown of a dental implant. You may need a dental cap to:

  • Finish off a root canal procedure
  • Hold together a cracked tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth with too much damage for just a filling
  • Reconstruct a broken tooth
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Hide a discolored tooth
  • Make small teeth longer
  • Complete a smile makeover

The crown for a dental implant, called a post crown, is a whole tooth replacement. The implant is embedded in your jaw, where it stimulates the bone and becomes the foundation of a single tooth implant. Once it’s firmly integrated into the bone, your dentist attaches a full-tooth replacement to the implant’s post or abutment. The crown of a dental implant can also anchor a bridge or complete a smile makeover.

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What Are My Options for Crown Materials?

Gold, the most malleable metal in the world, used to be the standard for crowns, but it drove up the dental crown cost. Plus, a metal tooth is difficult to hide, making it obvious you have a crown. While gold crowns may come and go in style, a knowledgeable cosmetic dentist knows that the best smiles are those with hidden or repaired imperfections. So Dr. Shalman rarely recommends gold crowns. To get a natural look for your smile, you may choose resin, which is the material used in fillings and bonding. But resin wears down quickly, making it a poor choice to use as a dental crown. You still have many material options, but most require two office visits to get your permanent crown. Choices include:

  • Ceramic crowns. Ceramic is a hard material that color-matches well with your other teeth. It also keeps your dental crown cost down. Ceramic is a popular choice for a front tooth crown, but the material lacks the strength and durability needed for your molars.
  • Porcelain crowns. Porcelain is the best material for color-matching your existing teeth. It lasts longer than ceramic, while looking as natural as your real teeth. While a porcelain crown costs more than ceramic, the difference is definitely worth it. How long do porcelain crowns last? With proper care, they can last 15 years or more.
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns. These dental crowns give you the best of both worlds: the strength of metal and the look of porcelain. But the porcelain can chip, and the metal may show at the base of your tooth. While not the preferred choice of a discerning cosmetic dentist, PFM crowns are more affordable and durable than pure porcelain crowns.
  • Zirconia crowns. Sometimes mistakenly called zirconiy crowns, these are extremely strong crowns. They’re composed of zirconium dioxide, a type of titanium. But they can be cut to size and shape by your dentist and then colored to match your other teeth. Perfect for back or front teeth, you can often get zirconia dental crowns fitted and cemented in place in a single visit.

What Are the Advantages of a Dental Crown?

A crown offers many advantages over other tooth repair methods, such as bonding or extraction. When shaped and colored by an experienced dentist like Dr. Shalman, your new crown:

  • Is stronger than your original tooth
  • Matches the color of the neighboring teeth
  • Is shaped and polished to appear the same as your natural teeth
  • Gives you options for the material — from porcelain crowns to zirconia crowns
  • Lasts between five and 30 years, depending on its material

You don’t have to do anything extra to care for your crown, but you do have to continue to practice good oral hygiene habits. By brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, you ensure that your crown lasts up to its maximum lifespan.

What Does a Dental Crown Procedure Involve?

To get a dental crown, you need to visit the dental clinic twice. During the first visit, your dentist examines and prepares the tooth that needs a crown. You may need to undergo an x-ray of the tooth. Your dentist can also take an impression of your tooth or mouth to fit the dental crown. Your dentist will grind and remove some of the outer layers of the tooth and take the impression of your trimmed tooth and the surrounding teeth.

The dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth and send the cast to the laboratory that makes the crown. This step can take several weeks. Once the crown is in place, you need to visit a dentist again. During the second appointment, the dentist will secure the crown to your tooth.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

On average, dental crowns last from 5 to 15 years. However, there are a lot of factors that determine the service life of a crown. For example, monolithic zirconia crowns are made from a solid piece of material. They are the least likely to crack. However, gold and porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns usually last the longest.

Even though all-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns may look natural, they are usually not as durable as other versions. Resin crowns also wear out faster. But you should understand that the service life of dental crowns also depends on the place where you got them done and proper care.

How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost in NYC?

The average cost of a dental crown in New York City (without insurance) ranges from $800 to $3000. This price doesn’t include any extra procedures that may be required, such as a root canal procedure and crown lengthening. The price also depends on the material of a dental crown, the size of the crown, and other aspects. To know the exact price, contact a dentist.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

Dental insurance covers crowns, but only when they are medically necessary. It can cover all or part of the cost of your crown. However, your plan may only cover certain types of crowns. Additionally, people may want to get a crown to improve the appearance of their teeth. In this case, insurance may not cover the dental crown, as it is not considered necessary. This is why it is best to find out the details of insurance coverage with your insurance company.

Tooth pain can signal many different conditions, from minor tooth decay to a dangerous tooth infection. Don’t suffer when painless treatment is so close in the Chelsea, West Village and East Village areas. Contact Dr. Alex Shalman for the best dentist experience you’ll ever have. His boutique practice offers family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, including a full range of Invisalign treatments.

This page was published on Jan 31, 2021, modified on Dec 2, 2021 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

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DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLYThis website's purpose is to provide general dentistry information. None of the details given is intended to be taken as authoritative dental advice. It's important to speak with a dentist in NYC about your problems, as it may be a symptom of a serious underline condition. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, a detailed oral examination should always be performed. Make an appointment with your nearest healthcare provider or call our Lower Manhattan practice to set up a consultation.

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