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Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

Dental crowns are a versatile treatment option that can address a wide range of dental needs. At Vanguard and Achury Dental in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens, custom crowns are an area of specialty. Camilo Achury, DDS, and Diva Puerta, DDS, offer CEREC same-day crowns, which allow you to leave with your new smile after just one visit. To learn more about what crowns can do for your smile and your confidence, book an appointment today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you’re always welcome to call either office in New York City for appointment availability.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are often likened to “caps” that cover the entire visible portion of your tooth. They are a type of restorative care, although crowns also offer cosmetic benefits. 

There are many reasons you may want to consider getting dental crowns. Some of the reasons it may be the right treatment include teeth that are:

  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Weakened by multiple dental procedures
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored
  • Worn down
  • Decayed

Crowns also act as anchors for dental bridges and for the visible portion of a dental implant. 

What steps are required to get a dental crown?

Once you and your dentist decide a crown is the right treatment option, you’ll arrive and settle in for your appointment. 

A local anesthetic keeps you comfortable from start to finish. If your tooth is decayed or requires treatment, that process must take place before you can have a new crown installed. 

Once your tooth is ready and the numbing medication is working, the Vanguard and Achury Dental team files down the tooth to make room for the crown. They remove only a small amount of your natural tooth tissue. 

In some cases, the team must “build up” your natural tooth, using a special dental substance to provide the support needed for a new crown. Next, the team gathers a set of impressions or imaging to guide the manufacture of your custom crown. 

Vanguard and Achury Dental offers CEREC technology, which creates custom crowns while you wait. That means you can have your crown crafted and installed during the same visit, versus having to schedule a second appointment while you wait for the lab to create your crown. 

Once your crown is ready, the team checks the fit before cementing the crown into place. That completes your restoration, and your new crown will look and function like the rest of your natural teeth. 

Do dental crowns require special care?

Your dental crown is incredibly durable, and you can expect it to last for many years. Your crown does not require any special care, but you want to avoid placing undue pressure on your crown to prevent damage. 

Just as with your natural teeth, avoid biting down on hard substances, or using your teeth to hold or pry objects. Be sure to embrace a solid dental hygiene routine, and take care to keep your gum tissue healthy. 

Vanguard and Achury Dental will check the condition of your crown during your routine dental exams. If the time comes to replace your crown, the process is similar to having a crown initially installed. 

To explore this treatment option in greater detail, book an appointment at your earliest convenience, online or by phone.