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Dental Crowns from 3V Dental of Port Washington

A crown, or a cap which it is also referred to, is required in order to restore a severely worn down, fractured or weak tooth.  Caps may also be recommended in order to support and cover-up a tooth with a large filling when not much of the tooth is left.  In other instances, capping a tooth is done because a tooth is severely discolored or has an imperfect shape or to make  a cosmetic modification in order to enhance appearance.

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break.

Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

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Dental Crown Cost

The exact cost of a dental crown depends on what the crown is for and what type of material is used. For example, a crown for a dental implant might be more expensive than a regular crown. A porcelain crown, which looks more tooth-like in color, might cost more than a metal crown placed on back molars.

During your initial consultation, our highly trained cosmetic dental professionals will ask about your oral expectations and what possibilities exist to obtain your best possible smile. Time required to achieve these dental goals and cost will be discussed prior to proceeding. After these issues are resolved, highly precise and accurate molds will be created for your customized crown. In order to protect the underlying tooth, a temporary cap will be pre-fabricated by our dental lab primarily as a temporary measure and put in place for several weeks until the permanent crown is ready. We will numb the tooth in order to rid the tooth of any decay and the surface will then be shaped in order to obtain proper fit of the crown. The temporary cap will then be adhered and adjusted for proper fit and bite.

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Types of Dental Crowns

Crowns consist of various materials and which kind utilized will be dependent upon cost factors, durability requirements and placement of the caps. At times stainless steel crowns are used, metal crowns and alloys such as palladium or a base metal are also used. Metal crowns are long-lasting and withstand forces of biting, chewing and rarely chip. All resin caps are less costly yet may have a tendency to wear down over a period of time or fracture and primarily used as temporaries. Porcelain or ceramic caps are ideal in providing better natural match of color than any other type and a perfect choice for front teeth. Another option of material is gold alloys which comprise of a mixture of gold, copper and other metals. This metal will not wear away the tooth itself and provides a bond which is strong. All options and variables will be further discussed during your initial consultation.

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Schedule Your Dental Crown Appointment Today at Our Port Washington Dental Clinic

Here at 3V Dental Associates we pride ourselves in not only all our successes as experienced dental professionals but as dentists who strongly pride ourselves in having our clients be totally informed prior to any treatment plan and rest assured that our clients will be pleased with our finished results. We believe that the more informed our patients are, the more comfortable and confident they will be during any given dental procedure. Give our staff at 3V Dental Associates a call to set up a consultation and be on your way to an enhanced look, elevated confidence and an aesthetic which maximizes your appearance.

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Dental crowns restore damaged or decayed teeth, providing strength and protection. Custom-made to fit, they improve aesthetics and function, ensuring a durable and natural-looking smile solution.


Strengthen and protect weakened teeth with dental crowns, preventing further damage and preserving natural tooth structure for long-term oral health and function.


Enhance smile aesthetics with dental crowns, covering imperfections like discoloration or misshapen teeth, ensuring a beautiful and natural-looking appearance.


Address various dental issues with dental crowns, including decay, fractures, or large fillings, providing versatile and durable restorations for a healthy, confident smile.


Your dentist at 3V Dental will make recommendations regarding the timing of dental
cleanings. At a minimum, you optimize your oral health by having dental cleanings at least twice a year. As was noted a moment ago, if you have special needs, you may want to schedule more frequent cleanings during the course of a year.

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Dental cleanings are a vital part of your overall oral health regimen. There are a variety of key benefits that you obtain through regular, professional dental cleanings. At 3V Dental in Port Washington, we’re proud to offer cost effective dental cleanings for you and your family!

3V Dental Offers Complete Dental Care and Cleanings

The complete dental cleaning and checkup process includes a number different things, depending in part on how long it has been since you last had an appointment with your dentist. In addition to the actual cleaning process, your dentist will also conduct a physical examination of your teeth and gums.

X-rays may be recommended if a year or more has lapsed between your visit to the dentist. Your dentist will examine your mouth for any sign of oral cancer. Finally, your dentist will examine your bite to ensure that there are no issues.

Once these steps are completed, your dentist or a dental hygienist will do the actual teeth cleaning. Dental cleaning is designed to plaque and tartar from your teeth. The reality is that even if you follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding brushing your teeth and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up in places that you just cannot effectively reach through brushing and flossing.

Reversing Gingivitis with Dental Cleanings
One of the key benefits of dental cleanings if that they can reverse gingivitis in many cases. Gingivitis is the first stage of serious gum disease that can result in permanent damage.

In some cases, you may need more than one dental cleaning to get gingivitis under control and to move towards eliminating it. Into the future, to prevent a recurrence of gingivitis, you may need to up the frequency of your visit to the dentist.

Proper intervention through dental cleanings prevents gingivitis from developing into more advanced periodontitis. Periodontitis is very serious and can result in permanent, irreversible gum damage.

Dental Cleanings Prevent Larger More Serious Issues
Dental cleanings provide the most important time at which a dentist is able to identify other problems that may afflict a patient. For example, it is during the comprehensive dental cleaning process that a dentist can identify cavities.

It is crucial that a cavity be dealt with in a timely manner. The failure to do so can result in it growing and causing bacterial infection to develop in the pulp of a tooth. Such a development can cause significant damage to a person’s tooth structure and be extremely painful.

Ready to schedule your dental cleaning and be on your way to healthy teeth and gums? Contact our office today to speak to one of our amazing associates!

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