A crown is a long-lasting dental treatment that restores the top of damaged or weakened teeth. With a natural-looking tooth form, dental crowns add strength and prevent further damage to teeth with a healthy base.
Your dentist in Arlington will advise you if a tooth crown treatment is right for you during your initial consultation. We also serve patients in Crystal City and D.C.
Damaged and weak parts of the tooth are first removed. Your Arlington dentist will then reshape the base of the tooth in preparation for the new crown. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area around the tooth.
A digital impression is then taken, which will be used to define the form of the new crown. Your dentist in Arlington, VA will fit a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made.
Custom-made crowns can be made from natural color porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Gold or non-precious metal alloys can also be used.
On your next visit, the permanent crown is securely bonded into place, for a comfortable, effective bite and a natural-looking smile.
Dental crowns can last between 10- 15 years, with good dental care.
If you have an existing crown that is uncomfortable, or you are unhappy with it for aesthetic reasons, contact Dentazure the highly-rated dental practice in Arlington VA for a consultation.
Dr. Rima Kanbaragha may recommend a dental crown for a variety of different purposes. But most commonly, they’re used for restoring damaged or broken teeth. For example, a crown may be recommended if you have a very large cavity, for restoring your tooth after a root canal, or for repairing a tooth that’s cracked or broken. Crowns may also be recommended if you have a large filling that fails due to normal wear and tear.
Dental crowns are also used to replace missing teeth when used in combination with dental implants, or as part of a dental bridge, but those are slightly different from traditional dental crowns for tooth repair.
A dental crown is ideal for repairing damaged teeth because it covers up, replaces, and protects your remaining natural enamel. Not only does this mean that your tooth will be protected from any further damage, but the crown will also look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Sometimes. Crowns are usually used to restore broken or damaged teeth, rather than for cosmetic purposes. Crowns can improve the appearance of your smile, but this is not usually the reason they’re recommended. Their primary purpose is to keep your teeth healthy by repairing and restoring a damaged tooth.
However, there are some cases when dental crowns may be recommended for purely cosmetic purposes. This is not very common, because crowns require more enamel removal and are more expensive than other cosmetic dentistry treatments like porcelain veneers and dental bonding. In most cases, those treatments will be a better option.
But if you have a very small or misshapen tooth, extremely severe staining, or certain other issues with your smile, a cosmetic crown may sometimes be the right choice. However, dental insurance will not cover the cost of a dental crown if it’s meant for purely cosmetic purposes. You may want to keep this in mind when getting treatment at our office in Arlington.
You can treat your dental crown just like a natural tooth. You should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once per day. This keeps your natural teeth and your crown clean and healthy.
You also should avoid doing things that could damage your crown. For example, we don’t recommend eating very sticky or gummy foods with your crown. Foods like taffy, gummy works, or licorice could weaken the crown over time, eventually pulling it out of your mouth. Cut back on these foods, and if you do eat them, chew them on the side of your mouth without a dental crown.
Beyond this, you should also make sure to come into Dentazure every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam from Dr. Rima Kanbaragha. Dr. Kanbaragha will examine your crown and your natural teeth, and make sure your mouth is healthy and free of common oral health problems like gum disease and cavities.