Dental Crowns Overview
If you have a chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth, you may be wondering what your dentist can do about it. After all, the damage is too great for a filling, and if too much time has passed or you’ve lost the broken part of the tooth, there is no way to put it back together. Fortunately, for cases like these or if you have had a root canal and need to have your tooth rebuilt, dental crowns are a great option.
Protection for Your Tooth
A dental crown is essentially a porcelain mold of one of your teeth that is designed to be cemented over your tooth to protect it from further damage. If you have a tooth that needs a crown, your dentist will prepare it by using local anesthesia and filing the tooth down to make a good base for the crown. Then a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. When your permanent crown is finished, you will come back to the office for your final fitting and your crown will be cemented in place. After that, you can eat whatever you like and your crown will act just like a healthy natural tooth.
Dental crowns give you the benefit of a beautiful smile and a full set of functional teeth. They are also not susceptible to staining, which means your crowns will stay as white as they were the day you got them for years to come. To ensure that they look completely natural, your crowns can be matched to the same color as your natural tooth enamel. The biggest benefit of all, though, is that dental crowns prevent further damage to your teeth and can help you avoid root canals or tooth extractions down the road.
When you visit us at Rockville Dental Arts in Rockville, MD for dental crowns, your dentist will examine your mouth and the affected tooth to determine the best options for you. If a crown is right for you, then we will take an impression of your bite and start the process. The whole service should take about two weeks, including time to have your permanent crown made, after which you will only need to brush and floss as you normally would, and of course visit us for your regular cleanings.