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By Forest Hills Dental
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how crowns and bridges could replace your missing tooth or teeth.restorative dentistry

Are you dealing with damaged or missing teeth? If so, you want a dentist you can trust, right? Turn to our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Mark to help restore your smile the proper way. If you’ve been looking for more information and insight into getting crowns and bridges then you’ve come to the right place. We are here to tell you everything you might ever want to know about crowns and bridges.

What are crowns?

These tailor-made hollow restorations are designed to look like a natural crown of a tooth and they are cemented over a tooth to secure it in place. In order for a crown to be placed, the tooth will need to be prepped. This requires our Forest Hills, NY, dentist to prepare the tooth so that the crown can fit over it.

A crown is a great option for teeth that have been damaged by trauma, infection or decay. A crown is often placed over a tooth that has recently undergone root canal treatment. Of course, a crown can also be used for cosmetic purposes as well. If you have a badly disfigured or discolored tooth a crown may be a better approach for giving you back that beautiful appearance.

Lastly, crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or to cover a dental implant.

What are bridges?

A dental bridge is placed when there are one or more missing teeth in a row. The bridge requires that the teeth on both sides of the gap are strong enough to support a dental crown. Once the crowns are placed over your teeth the false teeth can then be secured to the crowns to fill that gap.

How long do they last?

While these restorations are durable they don’t always last forever; however, if you maintain good oral hygiene and care for your restoration properly they could last for up to 10 years or more before needing to be replaced.

If you want to improve the health and appearance of your smile then you’ve come to the right place. Let the cosmetic dentistry team at Forest Hills Dental provide your smile with the care it needs to shine. Call our Forest Hills, NY, dental office for an appointment.

By Forest Hills Dental
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Forest Hills wants you to knowcerec

If you need dental crowns, you don’t have to spend a long time in the dental chair. In fact, you can have beautiful, natural-looking crowns made of high-quality dental ceramic in just one appointment, thanks to CEREC Same-Day Crowns! The crowns are created right in the office while you wait! Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, New York wants to share the facts about revolutionary CEREC technology and what it can do for you.

In the past, if you needed a dental crown it would take between two and three appointments. That’s because dental crowns were created in a dental laboratory. This process could take weeks before the completed crown was finally sent back to your dentist.

CEREC combines tooth preparation, measurement and fabrication all in the same technology. Using CAD-CAM computer assisted technology and state-of-the-art imaging; your teeth are precisely measured for crowns. This process results in crowns that fit perfectly the first time, every time. The same CEREC machine then creates an exact match in both color and fit for your new crown.

CEREC has revolutionized dental crown manufacture by providing several unique benefits. Consider that CEREC Same-Day Crowns are:

  • Naturally-beautiful, because they are made of sparkling dental ceramic which matches your existing teeth
  • Worry-free, because dental ceramic resists stains from tobacco and coffee
  • Convenient, because from preparation to placement it only takes about an hour to receive your new crown
  • Comfortable, because you don’t have to wear a poorly-fitting, uncomfortable temporary crown while your new crown is being made
  • Healthy, because they are a metal-free treatment
  • Conservative, because more vital tooth structure is preserved

CEREC Same-Day Crown technology makes it possible for you to restore damaged teeth and create a brilliant new smile in one appointment! For more information about CEREC, please visit the CEREC page on the website at http://www.foresthillsdental.com/cerec.html

You deserve the best dental crowns available, CEREC Same-Day Crowns! Don’t settle for waiting weeks to get your new crown. Instead, call Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, New York. Call today to get started on your new CEREC crowns!

By Forest Hills Dental
November 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about crowns and bridges from your Forest Hills dentist!

For many people, getting the smile they want is not as easy as it sounds. Restorative dentistry, however, can help you get your smile dental crownsback. With help from dental restorations like crowns and bridges, you can fill in your gaps, strengthen your chewing surface and completely renew your smile. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, NY.

What is a crown? 
A dental crown covers or “caps” a damaged tooth to protect it from outside elements and the wear and tear of everyday use. Dentists often use crowns to cover a tooth which has undergone a root canal. However, crowns also protect a damaged tooth, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, hold a dental bridge in place, improve the appearance of a tooth, cover a dental implant and more.

What is a bridge? 
Dental bridges fill in a gap in your smile by replacing it with a prosthetic tooth. The bridge, made up of a prosthetic tooth with dental crowns on either side, attaches to the healthy teeth on both sides of the gap to hold it in place. The surrounding teeth receive the crowns and the bridge tooth lies on top of the gum line in the missing tooth’s socket.

How can bridges and crowns work together to help me? 
If you feel as though your smile’s gaps or damaged teeth are dragging it down, you can benefit from crowns and bridges. These restorations help restore the look and functionality of your teeth. Most restorations are made from porcelain and last up to 20 years with the proper care. Brushing twice a day, flossing once and seeing your dentist at least two times a year for regular examinations and cleanings will keep your natural teeth and restorations free of decay-causing plaque and tartar and healthy for years to come.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Gregory Mark at Forest Hills Dental in Forest Hills, NY. Call (718) 275-9792 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mark today!

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A “crown” or a “cap” is the term used to restore a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be completely encased to protect the tooth beneath it. A crown's dual purpose is to restore the tooth's form and function. Decades ago gold was the material of choice for a crown. What we ultimately choose depends on a particular crown's requirements with regard to the tooth's appearance and function, and to some extent what you want.

Gold: Gold crowns last the longest and wear the best (at about the same rate as natural teeth), but they are not used as frequently today, especially if they are visible in a person's smile. Gold crowns are made of cast gold, a technique that has been in use for over a hundred years. They can last for decades, and have been known to last 50 years or more. They tend to cost less per tooth than porcelain or other materials.

All-Porcelain: “All porcelain” crowns have a natural appearance and as technology improves they are gaining popularity. Dental porcelains are composed of ceramic substances that are variations of glass. This gives them their translucent, lifelike appearance — but it makes them brittle and subject to fracture. Therefore all-porcelain crowns may not be a good choice for back teeth because they frequently fail under the biting forces applied during chewing and especially adverse habits like tooth clenching or grinding. Porcelain crowns are made of material that doesn't wear. Consequently, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth they bite against.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have been in use for more than 40 years. They combine a substructure of gold or platinum for strength and have porcelain “facings” for the visible surfaces. In some ways they combine the best of both worlds, but they do have some problems; the metal can show through the porcelain, detracting from its life-like appearance. These crowns can have a functional lifespan of about 20 years or more.

New and Future Materials: Newer “pressed-ceramic” restorations and computer-milled ceramics have received good reviews for aesthetics and service. These new materials are being intensively researched. Initial results look good, but we'll have to see how they last over time.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about crowns and other dental restorations. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?



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