Digital Crowns Dentistry

Innovative technology is making improvements in many areas of our lives, including dentistry. At Payam Cohen, DDS, PC, we keep current with all the newest dental techniques as we focus on our patients’ appearances as well as their dental health. One of the most remarkable dental advances in recent years is the development of digital crowns. They present many advantages over the crowns all dentists formerly used.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over damaged teeth. They are used for both functional and aesthetic purposes. By covering the original teeth, they restore their size, shape and strength in order to improve the patient’s ability to chew and to lengthen the lifespan of the teeth. In addition, they improve the patient’s overall appearance since, once in place, crowns encase the entire visible portion of the tooth.

Why Some Patients Need Crowns

Crowns cover and strengthen damaged teeth. There are several reasons you may require a crown, including:

  • Your tooth has decayed to the point that a filling will no longer solve the problem
  • Your tooth has recently undergone root canal work
  • Your tooth is cracked or broken by injury
  • Your tooth has become uneven and unattractive

When you come to the office of Dr. Payam Cohen, you will experience advanced dentistry in a pleasant, comfortable environment and end up with attractive digital crowns that match precisely the hue of your teeth. It is amazing how much your self-esteem can be affected by your own smile in the mirror and how much pleasure you can take in the way others smile back easily, no longer reflecting your own embarrassment.

How the Process of Getting Digital Crowns Works

After explaining the treatment plan, Dr. Cohen will numb the affected area so you will have a pain-free experience. He then prepares you for a state-of-the-art 3ShapeTrios scan. You will be amazed at the precise and rapid (“insane speed”) scanning device he has right on the premises.

The scan will be sent to a lab where the crown will be milled and fabricated to precise specifications. The design and manufacturing process will take only 3 to 4 days. Dr. Cohen will make sure that your mouth is fitted with a temporary crown so that you will be completely comfortable during the period between visits.

The Advantages of Digital Crowns

Digital crowns are far superior to traditional crowns because:

  • They are made to exact specifications so they fit better and last longer
  • Conventional crowns were made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM), but digital crowns are made of zirconia or eMax, materials superior in quality, durability, and aesthetic presentation
  • Digital crowns look and feel more like natural teeth than traditional crowns
  • The whole process is considerably shorter, taking days instead of weeks
  • Several steps of the process are now unnecessary
  • Possible distortion of the impression made for the crown through human error is now removed, therefore better fit and less chance of failure

Dr. Cohen has aptly compared the difference between traditional and digital crowns to copying music on old cassette tapes to making digital copies of an MP3 music file. When you copy an analog cassette tape, the sound quality gets poorer and poorer, but when you copy a digital music file the sound quality remains excellent no matter how many times it is copied.

Caring for Your New Digital Crown

As with other dental work, you may experience some sensitivity in the crowned tooth for a few days. During the temporary stage, one must avoid chewing gum and should stay away from sticky foods.With digital crowns the chance of getting decay at the margins (where tooth meets crown) is drastically reduced. Nevertheless, one should practice good oral hygiene. You may want to add fluoride mouthwash to your dental care routine for added protection if you have not already been using it.

Choose Dr. Cohen for the Best Possible Dental Care in Queens

Dr. Cohen is an exceptionally fine dentist and a caring person. For more than 22 years, he has dedicated himself to providing his patients with technical expertise that is always on the cutting-edge. He prides himself on giving all of his patients the personal care and attention they deserve. He also focuses on cosmetic dentistry because he is well aware of the mind-body connection and wants to help his patients feel attractive as well as comfortable and healthy. Whether or not you need a digital crown, make an appointment with Dr. Cohen to experience first-rate dentistry by a true professional.