Crowns are the perfect example of dentistry’s blend of science and art, restoring your tooth with a prosthetic that’s as beautiful as it is functional. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, has helped many patients restore their teeth and improve their smiles with high-quality crowns. If you’re in need of a crown, schedule a visit today at his office in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.
What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently added to an existing root structure, like a natural tooth root or a dental implant.
Once a crown is in place and sealed, it feels and functions just like a natural tooth. They can even look just like a natural tooth, depending on what material you and the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, choose.
What does a crown do?
Crowns serve a wide range of functions, such as:
- Replacing a tooth with significant decay
- Improving your ability to chew or speak
- Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
- Improving your smile by replacing an unsightly tooth
- Restoring function to a tooth that’s been severely worn down
- Serving as a foundation to attach a bridge
The team might also suggest getting a crown after a root canal to restore the structure and reinforce the strength of the treated tooth.
What is involved in getting a crown?
All it takes is two visits to Rene Horvilleur, DDS, to install your high-quality crown. During your first visit, the dental team uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues before shaving off a thin layer of enamel to make room for the crown.
After your tooth has been prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth with a dental putty or intraoral camera and sends it off to a lab, where it’s used to custom-design a crown that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. You’re fitted with a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent restoration to come back from the lab.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you come back to the office for a second visit. Your provider removes the temporary crown, cleans your mouth, and tests out the fit of your permanent crown. If the fit is to your liking, your crown is permanently sealed it in place with dental cement. You’ll leave the office able to chew, speak, and smile just as you did before.
If you need a crown, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment today with Rene Horvilleur, DDS, by calling the office or booking a visit online.