Posts for tag: dental crowns

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is through crowns. Your cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, NY, Dr. Richard H. Lestz, provides crowns through his office—read below to learn if this treatment is right for you!

More About Crowns

Crowns are cap-like porcelain dental restorations. To create them, your Forest Hills cosmetic dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime, you'll be given a temporary crown.

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Other Procedures Using Crowns

Here are some other uses that for dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated

Caring For Your Crowns

Dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining crowns and your overall oral health.

  • You need to brush twice a day, at least, and floss before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown by holding your brush at a 40-degree angle to get hard-to-reach areas.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Crowns can last up to 8 years, or more, so be sure to avoid biting into ice and restrict the consumption of sugary products, such as soda and candy.
  • Use a mouth guard, or splints, if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) to increase the lifespan of your dental crowns.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Lestz in Forest Hills, NY, as soon as possible by calling (718) 544-9100.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How crowns and bridges from your dentist in Forest Hills can rebuild your smilerestorative dentistry

If your smile is damaged, you may be tempted to hide it. If you notice yourself not smiling because of broken or missing teeth, it’s time to restore your smile. The answer is dental crowns and bridgework! Thanks to modern materials, techniques, and technology, you can restore your smile to greatness. Dr. Richard Lestz in Forest Hills, NY wants to share how crowns and bridges can make you smile again.

Dental crowns are the state-of-the-art answer to repairing damaged, decayed teeth. A dental crown surrounds your tooth in a protective, armor-like covering that is resistant to fracture. Crowns make your teeth stronger by creating a firm surface for chewing. When you bite down, the stress of biting is evenly distributed across your entire tooth. In contrast, a large filling can make a tooth more prone to fracture because it divides your tooth into sections, so when you bite, your tooth can fracture.

Dental crowns are made of natural-looking porcelain which is translucent and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. After placement, your porcelain crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You can also choose from porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM, crowns if you want the added strength of a metal framework.

Dental bridgework is the perfect answer to fill in the gaps created by lost teeth. A bridge is cemented onto supporting teeth on either side of the space, creating a continuous chewing surface. Bridges look natural and will restore the beauty of your smile.

Dental bridges have advantages over partials because bridges don’t move when you speak or eat. You also don’t ever remove bridges to clean them, making them a convenient, discreet tooth replacement option. Dental bridges are made of light, sturdy materials which are lifelike and beautiful.

To view more detailed information about crown and bridge services, please visit the Crowns and Bridges page on the website at

Dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile and your self-confidence. You deserve a proud, beautiful smile and now you can have it! For more information about dental crowns, bridges and other restorative and cosmetic treatments call Dr. Lestz in Forest Hills, NY today!

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
October 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these dental restorations can restore your smile.

Are you missing a tooth and desperately looking for a way to replace it? Are you suffering from a damaged or weakened tooth that needs crowns and bridgesproper dental care? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Forest Hills, NY cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, is happy to provide dental crowns and bridges to improve both the appearance of your smile and its health.

A dental crown can be used in conjunction with dental bridges or on their own, depending on what dental issues you are looking to address. If you are dealing with any of these issues then our Forest Hills, NY dentist will most likely recommend a dental crown:

  • A severely worn down tooth
  • A tooth that is cracked, fractured or broken
  • A tooth that is malformed or discolored
  • A tooth that is infected or damaged by injury or disease

Dental crowns can be used to improve the overall appearance of a misshapen or unattractive tooth, but this restoration is mainly used to restore strength and function back into a damaged tooth. If you have recently undergone root canal treatment, a dental crown is often placed over the tooth to prevent further damage and to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.

If you are dealing with a missing tooth or a couple missing teeth in a row then a dental bridge may be a great way to replace these teeth. For dental bridges to be the right option for you, neighboring teeth will need to be healthy enough to support your bridge. If your teeth are healthy, we will prepare them before cementing dental crowns over them. The dental crowns are connected to false teeth in the middle and are used to anchor the bridge in place.

Our Forest Hills, NY dental office is here to make sure your smile always gets the individualized care it deserves so that it can remain healthy and free of complications. If you are dealing with problem teeth it’s important that you seek treatment right away.

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Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC

Forest Hills, NY Cosmetic Dentist
Richard H. Lestz D.D.S., P.C.
11045 Queens Blvd Ste 109
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 544-9100
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