Technology has forever altered cosmetic dentistry for the better, and those advancements are clear to see when it comes to dental crowns. Today’s crowns offer a natural-looking, comfortable and durable way to cover a damaged tooth or to top a dental implant. At My Ashburn Dentist, men and women from throughout the Ashburn, Virginia, area have access to dental professionals who have the skills and experience needed to create beautiful crowns. If you are looking at options for improving and strengthening your smile, schedule an appointment online to find out if dental crowns are right for you.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that your dentist cements over your natural tooth. Once in place, they cover all visible tooth surface areas above your gum tissue.
Dental crowns can:
Dental crowns can be fabricated from many different materials, depending on your specific needs. During your initial appointment, your dentist assesses the condition of your teeth and helps you decide which material is best for your needs.
Crowns can be crafted from alloys with high concentrations of platinum and gold, or from alloys created from base metals. Metal crowns are strong and durable, and rarely break or chip.
These crowns are strong due to their metal construction, but also give a natural appearance due to the beauty of the porcelain exterior.
Dental crowns made of resin are less expensive than other options, but they can wear down over time and can also break.
These crowns are the most natural looking, and are difficult to distinguish from your surrounding teeth. They are also excellent options for people with metal allergies.
Once your dentist determines that a dental crown is the best fit for your needs, X-ray imaging provides information about your roots and bone structure. If necessary, a root canal is performed to address any decay.
Next, your dentist administers a local anesthetic before filing down the biting surface and sides of your tooth to make room for the crown. In some cases, filling material is needed to build up enough tooth area to properly secure the crown.
An impression is made of the prepared tooth and sent to the dental lab. After your crown is crafted and sent back to the office, you return to have it placed. After achieving the ideal fit, your dental provider cements the crown into place. You may return for a brief exam to ensure that your gum tissue is healing correctly.
To learn more, or for a comprehensive dental examination, reach out to the My Ashburn Dentist team today.