Crowns

Beth Caunitz, DDS -  - General Dentist

Beth Caunitz, DDS

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

If your tooth is decayed, broken, worn down, or unstable, the answer might be a crown. Dr. Beth Caunitz in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, preserves and restores teeth that might otherwise be extracted with strong, natural-looking, metal-free dental crowns. Whether you need a crown to preserve your tooth or prevent damage from bruxism — grinding your teeth — call Dr. Caunitz's team for a consultation or set up the appointment yourself online.

Crowns Q & A

Beth Caunitz, DDS

What are crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your existing tooth to preserve and restore it. Crowns cover the portion of your tooth that is visible above your gum line. Dr. Caunitz may recommend a crown to:

  • Save a tooth that might otherwise be extracted
  • Stabilize and strengthen a tooth weakened by decay
  • Cover a tooth that is broken or chipped
  • Resurface a tooth that’s been worn down by grinding your teeth
  • Cover and protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Cap a dental implant
  • Make your dental bridge stable
  • Cover a highly stained or unaesthetic tooth

 

Crowns preserve your natural teeth, which maintain the stability of surrounding teeth. Preserving a tooth with a crown ensures that your jawbone receives the healthy pressure it needs to produce new bone.

What are dental crowns made of?

Dr. Caunitz offers a variety of crowns, including those that are metal-free. You can choose from several types of crowns such as:

  • Ceramic: Natural-looking and best for highly visible front teeth
  • Porcelain fused to metal: Stronger but less translucent than pure porcelain
  • Gold alloys: Best when strength is needed
  • Base-metal alloys: Best for restoring partial teeth
  • BruxZir® solid zirconia: High-strength and translucent; can withstand pressures of bruxism
  • IPS e-max® monolithic lithium disilicate ceramic: Affordable alternative to zirconia crowns

 

Dr. Caunitz chooses the type of crown that’s best for your dental and budgetary needs. When treating bruxism with crowns, she caps only those teeth that benefit most from crowns.

How do you fit a crown?

Dr. Caunitz first resolves any issues you may have with your teeth or gums. If your gums are infected, she refers you to her periodontist, Dr. Michael Chau, for a deep cleaning. If you have a cavity or other decay, she cleans out all of the infected material and disinfects your tooth.

She then gently files and reshapes your tooth so that the crown can be fitted on top. Dr. Caunitz sends a 3D digital scan of your tooth and a color selection to the lab.  

While you’re waiting for your custom-designed crown, Dr. Caunitz protects your tooth with a temporary crown. When your final crown is ready, Dr. Caunitz switches out the temporary crown and cements your permanent, made-for-you crown in place.

How long do crowns last?

With care and regular dental visits, your crown can last for years or a lifetime. Dr. Caunitz checks the integrity of your crowns at every dental visit.

To schedule a dental-crown consultation, call Dr. Caunitz’s friendly team or book your appointment online today.

 

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