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Crowns Specialist

Island Smile Dental Group

General Dentists located in Levittown, NY

Do you hide your smile? Dental technicians create around 2.3 million crowns every year to repair damaged or missing teeth that mar a brilliant smile. This makes crown placement the most common restorative procedure in the United States. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York, offers her patients the chance to have beautiful smiles. If you’re ready to smile with pride, call the practice to make an appointment or book through the online request form.

Crowns Q&A

What is a crown?

Dr. Mekawy uses a dental crown to reinforce a decayed or damaged tooth and restore its appearance. It’s a permanent fitting that covers all of the teeth above the gumline.

Dr. Mekawy offers her patients natural-looking crowns made from high-grade materials.

When would I need a crown?

Crowns are multipurpose. Dr. Mekawy will recommend a crown fitting for several reasons, including:

  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To restore a worn down or broken tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic improvement
  • To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To protect a fragile tooth from breaking
  • To hold a cracked tooth together
  • To cover and contain a large filling

A crown can fix many dental problems. If you think you’re a candidate for a crown, make an appointment today at Island Smile Dental Group.

How does a dentist place a crown on a tooth?

At your first appointment, Dr. Mekawy files down your tooth. She gives you a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort and, when finished, takes a mold of the newly shaped tooth.

Before you leave, she fits you with a temporary crown. The impression she took is sent to a dental lab, where a technician makes your permanent crown. 

After 2-3 weeks, Dr. Mekawy fits your permanent crown, cementing it in place.

What are the different types of crowns?

Three of the most common types of crowns are porcelain, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), and gold. Here’s a closer look at each.

Porcelain fused to metal

Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) is one of the most popular crown materials. It’s a natural-looking crown material, and the metal provides additional strength. It also creates a stronger bond than does porcelain alone.

Porcelain

Porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking. Dentists commonly use them for front teeth because they blend so well with the natural teeth around it.

Gold

Metal crowns are the most durable because they rarely break or chip. Also, other materials wear down the tooth on either side, which gold is less likely to do.

If you need a crown, speak with Dr. Mekawy about your options so you can choose the most appropriate solution for you. Use the online booking form or call the practice today to schedule a consultation.