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Paul Ilan, DDS -  - Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry

DPI Dental

Paul Ilan, DDS

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stuyvesant Town, New York, NY & Lyndenwood, Howard Beach, NY

Crowns are a classic solution for restoring a tooth that’s damaged, decayed, or unsightly. If you need a crown, schedule an appointment with Paul Ilan, DDS, at DPI Dental, with two New York City-area locations in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan, and the Lindenwood area of Howard Beach, New York. Whether you need a crown for medical or cosmetic reasons, DPI Dental can help. Call the office or book a visit online today to get started.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that your dentist permanently attaches to an existing root structure in your mouth, like a natural tooth or a dental implant. Dr. Ilan uses an impression of your smile to design your crown, so it feels and functions just like the natural tooth cap that it’s replacing. 

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, some of which even look like natural tooth enamel, giving you a more cosmetically attractive restoration. 

Which situations call for a crown?

Crowns serve a variety of functions. Some of the reasons your dentist might suggest getting a crown, include:

  • Replacing a tooth with too many fillings
  • Providing strength and support to a tooth that’s been badly damaged
  • Improving the appearance of an unsightly, discolored, or misshapen tooth
  • Protecting your tooth and restoring its structure after a root canal

If you have a dental implant, a crown can also work to replace a tooth that’s entirely missing. Your dentist seals your crown to the abutment of your dental implant to effectively recreate the structure of a natural tooth.

What’s the process of getting a crown?

To find out if you’re a good candidate for a crown, Dr. Ilan reviews your oral health history, examines your gums and teeth, and takes dental X-rays.

To prepare your tooth for a crown, Dr. Ilan removes tooth decay. He may file down the outermost portion of your tooth or build the tooth up. Dr. Ilan takes impressions or digital scans of your tooth to develop a custom-fit crown. You might receive a temporary crown while a high-end dental lab creates a permanent crown for you.

When your new crown is ready, Dr. Ilan ensures it fits properly and permanently bonds it over your natural tooth to restore and strengthen it and prevent future decay. Your new crown looks and feels like a natural tooth.

How do I care for my crown?

Your crown doesn’t require any sort of special care––you can brush and floss it just like the rest of your natural teeth. With good at-home care, regular cleanings, and exams with DPI Dental, your crown should stay strong and healthy for years to come.

Schedule a consultation with DPI Dental today by calling the office or booking online, and discover how a crown can improve your smile.