Dental Crowns

Restoring Tooth Structure in Roslyn, NY

As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay.

There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend 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.

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Types of Crowns

If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.


When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 2-3 appointments 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.

The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our 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, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We 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.

Crown Lengthening

When decay occurs below the gumline, it may be necessary to remove a small amount of bone and gum tissue. Your dentist may ask for this procedure before he or she makes a new crown for your tooth.

Crown Lengthening procedures are done for both restorative dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. General practitioners often refer for crown lengthening procedures prior to restoration of broken or severely decayed teeth. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Sometimes crown lengthening is done to improve a “gummy” smile because the teeth appear short. The teeth may actually be the proper length but excess gum tissue may be covering these teeth. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.


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Dr. Gardner performed extensive dental surgery and restorative work this week on my 29-year-old son, Dan, who has severe nonverbal autism. His teeth look great. He did not seem to be in pain following the surgery or over the weekend. From the moment they met each other, Dr. Gardner treated Dan with respect, empathy and understanding. He spoke to him as he would to any adult - and Dan reciprocated by being a good patient. (Isn't this how it should work with every patient-physician relationship?) Dan is a great guy but along with not being able to speak, he also has sensory issues and grinds his teeth with intensity. He had a lot of decay related, we believe, to his inability to rid his body of toxicity - he gets great dental care at the group home where he lives. He needed extensive root canal work - Medicaid does not cover this and opts for extraction. The last thing Dan wanted was to lose his teeth! Dr Gardner and his staff made sure he didn't. With many thanks to office manager AnnMarie, dental assistant Ginny and anesthesiologist Dr, Glassman. All empathetic and skilled.

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