White Plains dentist White Plains New York Dental specializes in dental implants, dentures, periodontal dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation and comprehensive cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, crowns & caps. We also provide general dentistry services such as oral evaluations, X-rays, fillings and root canals.
Caps and crowns are both forms of dental restoration that are applied to completely cover and protect cracked, broken or brittle teeth. A cap is generally used for cosmetic reasons while a crown covers a molar and provides an essential chewing surface. A cap is applied when a front tooth is cracked or broken and when veneers or laminates are not suitable. A cap can be applied in conjunction with veneers and teeth whitening to restore a youthful smile.
A dental crown is often used when a large cavity threatens the entire health and stability of a tooth. After years of neglect and tooth decay, cavities can reach into the pulp of the tooth causing great pain and discomfort. When this happens a root canal is usually performed to remove the nerve of the tooth. Removing the root interrupts the blood supply making the tooth brittle and significantly weaker than the adjacent teeth. Without a crown, the tooth runs the risk of breaking and disintegrating entirely under the pressure of everyday chewing. In addition, a crown is commonly used to replace old childhood amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings degenerate over time and old amalgam fillings have been linked to serious health problems.
A crown can also provide an anchor for bridgework and dentures and they are commonly integrated into full mouth reconstructions and used with dental implants. Dental implants provide permanent replacement teeth and are the best solution for tooth replacement. Dental implants are composed of a titanium screw that is permanently attached to the jaw. A porcelain crown is then attached to the implant creating a replacement tooth that looks and functions like the original tooth. Getting a crown offers an additional benefit by permanently sealing the tooth and preventing the intrusion of bacteria. A crown will last and provide years of functional chewing before it needs to be replaced.