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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns: Your Path to a Dazzling, Functional Smile

Decayed or damaged teeth can affect the look of your smile and your ability to chew, and lead to even more dental problems.

The dentists at Astoria Dental Group can restore your teeth using dental crowns we create in-office at our practice in Queens, NY.

Learn how Dr. Clifford Degel, Dr. Carmen Every-Degel, and the rest of our staff can save your smile.

What are Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns are a type of restoration that can treat extensive decay and damage while retaining much of your natural tooth. Dental crowns cover the remaining tooth structure to restore its shape and protect the tooth, often following other treatments such as a root canal. Our dentists will shape your tooth to create a tight seal for the crown, resulting in a long-lasting restoration that naturally blends in with your other teeth.

How Dental Crowns Can Benefit You

Dental crowns are a versatile restorative treatment that pairs well with other devices. For example, dental bridges usually depend on crowns to support the bridge on either side.

Crowns can also:

Replace Missing Teeth

Implant-supported crowns can entirely replace missing teeth. These prosthetics are supported by dental implants, the powerhouse of restorative dentistry. Dental implant-supported crowns look natural, feel secure, and offer unparalleled benefits to the jawbone.

Protect Healthy Tissue

Dental crowns don’t just restore your tooth; they also shield the remaining tissue following a root canal or other damage to the tooth structure. We always try to save damaged teeth, and crowns offer the best protection to help prevent future dental issues.

Rejuvenate Your Smile

Along with its functional benefits, a dental crown can cover a discolored tooth or reshape a tooth to achieve new levels of splendor. Crowns can become part of a dazzling new smile, boost your confidence, and lead to a great first impression.

Your Choice of Crown Materials

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With so many materials available for dental crowns, it can be difficult to know which is best suited to your needs. Your crown must be strong and durable enough to withstand pressure from biting and chewing. Consequently, the material of your crown can greatly impact its long-term success. That’s why Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel are proud to offer zirconia and all-porcelain crowns at their Queens, NY, dental practice.


All-porcelain crowns are an option that’s well-suited for your front row of teeth, offering a lifelike appearance that looks like a natural part of your smile.

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Our practice offers Prettau® zirconia crowns, a composite made of super-strong materials. Along with superior durability, zirconia crowns feature other benefits such as:

Natural Appearance

Zirconia has a white, translucent appearance like porcelain. A natural-looking zirconia crown can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.


Zirconia crowns are biocompatible, meaning they’re unlikely to react with the body. For some people this can help reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Others simply prefer using biocompatible materials.


Zirconia doesn’t conduct heat, which means it’s more resistant to bacterial growth. As a result, a zirconia crown can help keep your mouth healthy.

Conservative Treatment

Because zirconia is so strong, zirconia crowns can be thinner than those made of other materials. This allows us to preserve more of your natural tooth.

Why Choose Us?

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See the Results Beforehand

It can be hard to imagine what your new smile may look like after receiving dental crowns. That’s why we offer SmilePix technology, a system that generates a clear picture of how your smile will look after treatment. SmilePix allows you to make an informed choice between different dental procedures (e.g., dental bridges vs partial dentures) so we can provide the results you want.

Easing Dental Anxiety

We understand that despite its many benefits, dental work can sound intimidating. We’re proud to offer some of the latest sedation dentistry techniques to help anxious patients obtain the oral care they need while remaining comfortable. Patients can receive IV sedation under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist. We also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Dental Crown Treatment – What to Expect

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Our dentists may need to treat damaged or decayed areas of the tooth before placing the dental crown.


Our dentists will recommend available treatments according to your unique needs, including the choice between zirconia and porcelain crowns.


We numb your tooth and the surrounding area with local anesthetics before reshaping your tooth to fit the crown.


Next, we scan your teeth with digital imaging technology to make an impression of your mouth. This accurate 3D model is used to design your custom crown.


We will supply you with a temporary crown to wear while our in-office lab crafts your permanent crown. This may take approximately 2-3 weeks.


Once your permanent crown is ready, we’ll remove the temporary crown and check the permanent crown for a good fit. Then we cement your crown in place for a strong, long-lasting seal.

Restoration Placement

Once your gums have healed, you'll be ready to receive your permanent crowns, bridges, or dentures. Your dentist will secure your restorations and make some minor adjustments as necessary to achieve the most precise fit.


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After treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. This sensitivity should go away over time, and we recommend using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth until then. Adjusting to the feel of the crown may take a few days, but afterward, it should feel like a natural extension of your tooth.

Taking Care of a Temporary Crown

While our dentists create your permanent crown, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth. While taking care of a temporary crown is simple, patients may need to make a few adjustments to their daily habits such as:

Brushing more gently usinga soft-bristled brush

Floss using in-and-out motionsinstead of up-and-down

Avoiding crunchy, chewy, sticky,hard, and sugary foods

Avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks (due to sensitivity)

If your temporary crown does fall off, call our office in Queens, NY. You can stick the temporary crown back on your tooth using dental adhesive until we can professionally attach it again.

Caring for Your Crown

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Your dentist will give you comprehensive instructions on how to take care of your crown immediately after the procedure. For the most part, dental crowns require little to no extra care than a normal tooth. Patients just need to brush and floss regularly to maintain the crown and prevent other oral health issues like gum disease. That said, bad oral habits like chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth have a high chance of cracking or chipping a dental crown.

Financing Options

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We aim to provide high-tech and accessible dental care for Queens, Long Island, and all of NYC. As a result, we offer several financing options to help make dental care affordable:


Wells Fargo

Lending Club®

Patients can also make payments using FSA accounts, which allows you to apply pre-tax dollars to healthcare expenses. In addition to the above options, we accept cash, checks, and all major credit or debit cards.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

Our Astoria Patients Know

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Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.

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