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Porcelain Crowns Q & A 
by Kate Brayman, DDS

Porcelain Crowns Q & A by Kate Brayman, DDS

A beautiful and captivating smile will always enhance the appearance of a person in the best possible manner. In order to draw in the attention of others, we offer cosmetic dental solutions to teeth disorders. Getting porcelain crowns in Manhattan is easy with Dr. Kate Brayman.

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What are porcelain crowns?

Porcelain crowns are used to address problems such as broken or cracked teeth or tooth decay. A permanent covering in the form of a cap, otherwise known as a dental crown, will be placed over the tooth. This procedure is commonly used following a root canal to protect the exposed tooth.

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Protect a tooth from breaking or decaying
Support nearby teeth
Provide structure
Improve the aesthetic quality of the teeth

How do I get porcelain crowns?

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Typically, Dr. Kate Brayman will access your case and determine if you are a proper candidate for porcelain crowns. After confirming, you will be scheduled for two separate appointments that are usually seven to ten days apart. At the first appointment, you will be given a temporary crown. We use our Magic Wand anesthesia tool to ensure a painless process. At the second appointment, we insert the crown.

What are the benefits of porcelain crowns?

Benefits Of Porcelain Crowns

Our Manhattan based dental office makes treatment highly affordable thanks in part to technological advancements in cosmetic dentistry field. We offer top of the line treatments such as Zirconia Crowns, which are the perfect combination of strength, durability and aesthetic appeal. Porcelain crowns are an ideal choice for the front teeth because of the natural color of the porcelain compliments the tooth color. A combination of porcelain and metal crowns is also available.

The process of completely covering the teeth has given way to partial covering and these types of advanced methods will keep the healthy part of the tooth intact. Conventional treatments will leave a grey line at the gum and the advanced dental crown treatments will not leave any dark lines at the gum. Highly advanced and hassle free treatments like zirconia crowns can only be found in a top quality dental office like ours.

How long do porcelain crowns last?

A general rule of thumb is that a porcelain crown can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. While that probably sounds like a wide range, that’s because there are several factors that go into how long a porcelain crown will last. Most of those relate to your personal habits and lifestyle, but there are some other factors at play as well. These will all determine how soon a porcelain crown wears down and falls off or how likely it is to be damaged. 

Some of the bad habits that can lead to a crown wearing down prematurely include teeth grinding, teeth clenching, opening packages with your teeth, chewing on things that aren’t food, such as pencils, and many other things. Avoiding these behaviors can help your crowns last even beyond the 15 years. 

In fact, some have even been known to last as long as 25 to 30 years. To go this long, not only must the crown be taken care of, but the tooth or teeth underneath must be in good health as well. Chewing on your fingernails, or on the tip of your pen, or even on hard candy, should be avoided. Not only can it crack the porcelain, but your natural teeth can be affected as well by this behavior. If you are prone to grinding and clenching your teeth, then ask your dentist about a mouthguard to protect your crowns and teeth. To keep your natural teeth healthy, make sure to brush and floss at least twice a day. The gumline is the most important area for brushing, so make sure to pay particular attention there. You should still visit your dentist every 6 months to have a professional cleaning and to examine your mouth for any issues. 

You’ll know that your crown needs replacement by feel. You might sense that it has cracked or is misshapen under your tongue, which would indicate that there’s a problem. If the health of your teeth are the underlying issue, then you may feel that the crown is getting loose from the tooth. If you do sense anything wrong with your crowns, then call the dentist right away. Leaving a damaged porcelain crown alone will leave you more susceptible to further issues with your dental health, including cavities underneath the crown. Your dentist needs to replace your crown right away to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and protected. 

Unfortunately, you may need to wait for an appointment if it is a weekend or if the office is fully booked and emergency services are not available. This can mean extreme discomfort, especially if the crack has caused a jagged section or is sore. Hot and cold liquids may cause you pain if the pulp of the tooth underneath the crown has been affected in some way. If the crown is loose, you may want to remove it completely to help with your pain and discomfort. This will also prevent you from swallowing the crown or any pieces that may chip off the longer it is left in your mouth. Once you have done this, rinse out your mouth using warm water to avoid sensitivity. If there is bleeding, place pressure on the tooth with clean gauze. You can even use dental cement if you want to protect the tooth while you wait to see the dentist. 

Sometimes, unfortunately, there may be other causes that are mostly out of your control that will cause a porcelain crown to fail. For instance, it may just be that the crown was manufactured poorly or was not made in the right fit. The failure could also be with how you think it looks. Perhaps your new crowns do not look how you thought they would or wanted them to look. In that case the dentist may be able to offer you other options, such as zirconia, to change up the look to one that’s more suitable to you.

Do porcelain crowns stain?

One of the main reasons why porcelain is such a great choice for crowns is how strong and durable it is. While the surface is hard, it is also not very porous, so it is resistant in some ways to staining.

However, porcelain crowns can absolutely stain if the conditions are right. For instance, sometimes the brushing habits of the patient can damage the porcelain in a way that allows for staining. If you use abrasive toothpaste it can wear down the glaze that surrounds a crown, allowing for staining agents to take hold. Exerting too much pressure when brushing will scratch that glaze and potentially remove it completely over time.

You should also use brushes with soft bristles. Hard candy and hard foods can roughen up the surface of the crown, making it more susceptible to staining, as can using your teeth as a tool to open things. The crown is applied to your tooth using a bonding agent, which can soften and loosen if it comes into contact with alcohol. 

Some of the things that will stain teeth include tomato sauces, sodas, lemons, and other acidic foods. They will wear down the resin that prevents staining and discolor the crown. The tar from cigarettes is very sticky and will adhere to the surface of the crown. Avoiding these foods and habits will go a long way towards keeping your crowns stain-free. 

Luckily, these stains can be removed in most cases by a professional using a polishing tool. However, in the worst cases it may be necessary to replace the crown entirely if the stains make your teeth look unacceptable. If the behavior has caused the glaze around the crown to be worn down or scratched, then the crown will have to be replaced in that situation as well.

Can a porcelain crown be repaired?

There are a few situations for which a crown can be repaired. If the damage is just a minor chip, there are some methods that a dentist can use to avoid replacing the crown all together. It will require a close examination from the dentist before that determination is made. The dentist may be able to use a composite bonding material to apply to the damaged spot. This material is similar to what dentists use for fillings. If you are lucky, the crown may only need to be smoothed out or reshaped. If the crown has just come loose the dentist should be able to simply bond it again using cement, which should be a quick and easy process. 

It is not common to repair porcelain crowns, so your dentist must have the expertise and knowledge to be able to perform this repair. If the crown has suffered a crack or has been fractured, then you will most likely need to replace it completely.

How much do porcelain crowns cost?

If you do not have insurance, then your porcelain crowns could cost anywhere between $1,800 to $2,400 per tooth. This cost does not include any other procedures that you might need to prepare your teeth for the crown. This can include a root canal, for example. 

Replacement crowns tend to cost less. The crown itself will cost the same as the original, but your tooth should require less preparation, such as implantation.

Crowns can also be installed in a single sitting or over multiple sittings. A single day crown might cost more on the surface, but it does not require you to get a temporary crown, and you do not have to take any further time off of work.

With a crown that is installed over several appointments, you will need to be fitted for a temporary crown, and then come back for your permanent crown to be placed over the tooth. This may factor into your overall cost, even though it isn’t the cost of the porcelain crown itself.

How do I learn more about porcelain crowns?

Porcelain crowns are one of the most common procedures offered. For more information on how you can get porcelain crowns in Manhattan, please call our cosmetic dentist office at 212-505-0295 or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Kate Brayman and our friendly office staff invite any and all questions.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain crowns?

It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see if porcelain crowns are covered. In most cases, since dental insurance covers procedures that contribute to dental health, porcelain crowns are covered. Crowns are necessary to maintain and protect your dental health, and therefore usually qualify.

However, if you are getting crowns purely for aesthetic reasons, your insurance company will probably not provide coverage. Most insurance companies will cover up to 50%, but you may have lower or higher coverage levels depending on your plan and provider.

You may also not be covered for replacement crowns if it is within a certain period of time after the original is placed. This period is usually 1 year, but it may vary. 

 If you are not currently covered, call your provider to see if you can change your coverage so that you can afford the treatment. Saving up for crowns is not a great option, since as you are waiting and saving, your dental health will only get worse. 

Medicare and Medicaid have dental options that may cover crowns if you qualify. Contact those agencies to see if you can take advantage of their coverages.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

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20 5th Ave Suite 1C New York, NY 10011
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