If you have a broken tooth or one that requires a deep or large filling, then our dentists at Rockville Dental Arts may recommend dental crowns. This procedure is designed specifically to ensure the tooth’s integrity is maintained so that removal is not required. There are quite a few reasons why your dentist may recommend dental crowns:
Because the dental crown is so versatile and is used in so many different situations, it is a regular procedure to provide protection, to strengthen teeth, and to ensure bite is maintained for better dental health.
A dental crown can be made from a few different materials. You will need to discuss your options with your dentist in order to determine what of the following would be the best option:
Again, this is something you will need to discuss with your dentist to determine what will be your best option based on needs as well as preference.
After you have seen our dentist for a consultation in our Rockville office, then you will need two visits for your dental crown. The first visit will be to prepare the tooth. An exam will be done and x-rays taken to ensure there is no risk of infection. Any treatments such as fillings or root canals will be done.
The tooth will need to be filed down both on the top and sides to ensure there is room for the crown.
Here at Rockville Dental Arts, we send our crowns to a lab to ensure they are shaped and prepared properly. So, your second visit will take place when the crown is prepared. Your tooth will be covered with a temporary crown in advance, but on the day of the permanent procedure, a local anesthetic will be used for your complete comfort. Then, cement will be used to put your permanent crown in place.
Your dental crown will last between five and 15 years depending on the material used, how well you take care of your teeth and how much you avoid grinding your teeth, chewing ice, or using your teeth for other purposes that may damage them.
If you’re in the Rockville area and you believe that you need to consider a dental crown, then contact us at Rockville Dental Arts today at 301-424-2030 or fill out our contact form. We are waiting to discuss your restorative dentistry options. Experience the many benefits of dental crowns.