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One of the most common dental procedures needed by adults in Buffalo, NY are crowns which are sometimes called “caps”.  Teeth, just like all of the other parts of our body, break down as we age.  As teeth begin to decay, they become more prone to cracking and breaking. There are many possible causes of this damage to your teeth.

These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others, but for all, the end result is the same:  a crown is needed.  If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, it is recommended that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown.   The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.

Types of Crowns

If it is decided that you are in need of a full crown, there are several different types of crowns that Buffalo men and women can get for the repair of their tooth.  These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown.  When you visit Doctors Ben and Julia Oppenheimer, they will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation depending on the state of your damaged tooth. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new crown will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.

The Crown Procedure

Once it has been determined that the best decision for a patient is to go ahead with a full crown restoration, 2-3 appointments will be set aside for the entire process.  Although the majority of crowns are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.

Your crown procedure will begin with the removal of all decay in the tooth.  Once the decay has been removed the tooth is shaped with diamond burs to assure a good fit of the crown. An impression will then be taken of the tooth.  This impression will be sent to the lab where a new restoration will be crafted.  While this new tooth is created, patients will be provided with a temporary restoration. The temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, the final restoration will be placed on your tooth; this crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. Doctors Ben and Julia Oppenheimer will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth.  The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

For the best crowns in Buffalo, don’t go anywhere else.  Visit our office today and let us help you achieve a comfortable smile.


Types of Crowns:

PFM - Porcelain fused to metal on top of a stray metal base. Looks great and lasts long.

All Porcelain – Empress or E-Max create an incredibly lifelike beautiful tooth. Great for front teeth or where ideal esthetics are needed.

Zirconia – Strong & Beautiful ceramic substructure for beauty in the back of the mouth where strength is needed to resist heavy bite load.

All Gold – Good long term results because of the properties of gold. Won’t wear opposing teeth as much as porcelain. Good where esthetics are not a concern. High cost because of the price of gold.