Dr. Todd Wortman has an active patient base of more than 8,000 in and around New Rochelle, New York. Recognizing that a healthy mouth improves overall health, Dr. Todd Wortman and his team work with patients of all ages to provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Tooth structures that have become damaged or are missing altogether may be repaired by restorative dentistry. These procedures are divided into two broad categories: direct and indirect restoration.
Direct restoration typically includes the most simple types of restorative dentistry that are performed in one visit to the dentist’s office. With direct procedures, all of the work is created and performed inside the mouth.
Fillings are the most common type of direct restoration. Direct dental bonding, which reshapes teeth or repairs cracks with putty, is another common form.
More complex restoration procedures are categorized as indirect restorations. These usually require more than one visit to the dentist, and they often include parts that are fabricated outside of the mouth in a dental lab. Inlays, dental crowns, and onlays are examples of common indirect restorations.
In order to protect a tooth from breaking, hold a cracked tooth together, or restore a worn or broken tooth, dentists often recommend dental crowns to their patients. The crown itself is a cap contoured to the shape of the tooth. Both temporary and permanent crowns exist. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic or stainless steel, whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory and may be manufactured from several different materials. Once cemented over the tooth by a dentist, most crowns stay in place permanently.
Crowns can be fabricated from metal, resin, ceramics, porcelain, or a combination. Metal crowns offer the longest life and the best protection, but can be unsightly. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be treated to match tooth color, but present a higher risk of breaking and cause wear on neighboring teeth. Crowns can also be made completely from resin, which is less expensive but also more prone to wear down, or ceramics or porcelain, which provide a realistic color, but are not as strong as porcelain-metal blends. Your dentist can recommend the type of crown that is best for your situation and your smile.
About the Author: The owner of a private practice in New Rochelle, New York, Dr. Todd Wortman possesses more than a decade of experience in working with crowns and other dental prostheses.