Porcelain Crowns in Locust Valley
Look and feel your very best
Following a root canal or implant procedure, you’ll likely need a crown to restore the shape and appearance of your tooth. When skillfully designed and crafted, a crown can look and function just like one of your natural teeth. At Locust Valley Dentists, our approach to dental crowns is simple. We use the very best materials, offering patients both porcelain tooth-colored crowns and gold crowns. Our practice partners with trusted local dental labs to design crowns with both health and aesthetics in mind.
We go above and beyond, educating our patients on how to care for their crowns and avoid the risks of gum disease and tooth decay. We want you to be healthy and happy for life.
Ready to begin your journey to a healthy smile?
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are dental devices used to protect and restore teeth that have become damaged or decayed following a treatment to fix the damage or decay. Crowns can be made in many materials, including natural tooth-colored porcelain when needed or desired.
Crowns are cemented into place after being custom-made to fit your mouth and smile perfectly and are designed to feel as natural as your real teeth. A crown is not the same as a dental implant, which totally remove the tooth, but rather serves as a cap over the entire tooth with dental cement.
In addition to restoring the function and appearance of teeth, a permanent crown is also a protective device, sealing healthy tooth tissue away from further decay. With proper dental care, a crown can be a long-lasting way to prevent the need for more extensive procedures.
Who is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Good candidates for restorative dentistry like dental crowns are people with an issue with the appearance or health of a specific tooth. Crowns can be requested for cosmetic reasons, like to support the work of other dental techniques or smile designs, and are often recommended when a medical need arises for the restorative procedure.
People who have had large fillings or root canal therapy are typically good candidates for dental crowns, as these procedures can weaken the integrity of teeth, leading to an increased risk of breaking.
Meet Dr. Koster
Through her work at some of Manhattan’s most well-known cosmetic dental practices, Dr. Adrianne Koster has seen how tooth-colored crowns can help her patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.
Dr. Koster has been selected as a “Top New York Dentist” every year since 2016 based on her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and friendly nature
- Emphasis on patient comfort
- Ongoing study of the newest dental technologies
- Passion for dentistry
How to Take Care of Dental Crowns
Simply put, you take care of a crown-like you take care of the rest of your mouth, with the core daily oral care routine and regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Koster. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once per day, and possibly using a bacteria-killing mouthwash.
You can further support both the health of your crown by eating a diet low in added sugars, perhaps by cutting back on sweet treats and soda.
Restorative Dental Crowns in Locust Valley
Crowns are nothing to worry about and nothing to be ashamed about needing. Seeking treatment for tooth decay is always better sooner rather than later, so don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Adrianne Koster, an award-winning dentist, for help restoring a healthy, beautiful smile. Our team is passionate about giving people the smiles they’ve dreamed of having while ensuring their mouths are as healthy as possible. To learn more or schedule your first appointment, call our office or contact us online today.
The Dental Crown Process
At your first appointment at Locust Valley Dentists, you’ll be examined and your mouth will be scanned with the latest in 3-D imaging technology to ensure the highest degree of accuracy for any restorative procedure. You’ll then receive your personalized treatment plan if a crown is recommended for restorative or cosmetic improvement in your area of concern. Crowns come in several materials, including metal crowns and porcelain crowns, and the one that best suits your needs will be ordered according to your desire and budget.
At a later appointment, Dr. Koster will prepare the tooth for a temporary crown that will help protect it from further damage or decay while we wait for the dental laboratory to create your custom dental crown. Once it has been fabricated, we’ll schedule another appointment to place the permanent crown on the affected tooth or teeth.
Broken or damaged crown? Here’s what to do
If you have a crown that’s cracked, feels loose, or has fallen out entirely, it’s essential to see a dentist quickly. This is because a weakened or broken tooth can affect the health and placement of surrounding teeth, which in turn affects your oral health in general.
While in some cases the crown can be bonded back in place, a new crown might be a better choice for your health. Don’t worry! Modern materials are more durable and look more natural than crowns done in the past. In addition, without a properly fitting crown, you’re at increased risk of decay and gum disease.
Is Locust Valley Dentists right for you?
At Locust Valley Dentists, your comfort and satisfaction come first. We start by listening to you, your concerns, and what you hope to achieve through your visit to our practice. We’ll talk about:
- Advantages of the modern materials used for crowns
- Dental crowns cost
- How to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come
- The importance of brushing and flossing after an implant or root canal
- How to maximize the durability of your crown
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
Porcelain Crown FAQs
Are dental crowns worth the money?
Despite their high cost up front, dental crowns can last for five years or more and can be an extremely effective way to protect your teeth from day-to-day wear. They can also complete your smile, boosting your confidence.
Are Porcelain Crowns good?
Porcelain crowns are often considered the best option for crowns since they mimic natural teeth and provide the most undetectable look.
Are zirconia crowns more expensive than porcelain?
Yes. Because they are durable and low-maintenance, they are more expensive than porcelain or ceramic crowns.
Can a crown be filled?
If your crown is damaged, it can usually be repaired by your dentist with a special resin. Because crowns are made with special materials, they are not subject to decay like natural tooth enamel.
Do porcelain crowns stain?
Crowns can stain over time for the same reasons that natural teeth do. The best way to prevent staining on your crown is by brushing regularly and avoiding foods and drinks that cause stains.
Can a crown last a lifetime?
On average, a dental crown will last between 10 and 30 years. Follow your dentists directions to properly care for your crowns to ensure they last longer.
Can I get a crown without a root canal?
It is not always necessary to have a root canal in order to place a crown.
Can porcelain crowns crack?
It is possible for porcelain crowns to crack. If your crown cracks, this represents a dental emergency, and you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Do Dental Crowns feel like real teeth?
Dental crowns are designed to look and feel like real teeth. However, its normal to need to adjust to your crowns for a few days before you no longer notice them.
How do you care for a porcelain crown?
To care for your porcelain crowns, you should brush and floss regularly, avoid sticky or hard foods, use a night guard as needed, and avoid habits like biting your nails.
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how crowns improve your health, appearance, and life
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your crown will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your dental crown, our office can work with many PPO insurance plans.
Our friendly and knowledgeable front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.