WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS?
Having damaged teeth is inconvenient and uncomfortable. In addition to affecting your appearance, the damage may also alter your normal mouth and your teeth functioning.
A dental crown, or tooth crown, is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the damaged tooth. This covers the tooth, restoring the shape, size, strength, and improves its appearance. Our natural-looking porcelain crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS
Previously, there were only metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. With newer technology, the gold standard in dental crowns is now all-porcelain. We are a metal-free dental practice. The two types of porcelain restorations which bond teeth together are:
- 3/4 Dental Crown – If your tooth’s cusp breaks off and makes the tooth vulnerable to future damage, a 3/4 custom-crafted crown will restore functionality in an aesthetically pleasing way.
- Full Dental Crown – This is required when your cusp fracture is more severe, when nerve damage occurs, or if a cracked filling has progressed to decay.
For both of these circumstances, you will have a temporary crown fitted while the lab is creating your permanent dental crown.
WHAT ISSUES CAN TOOTH CROWNS FIX?
Tooth crowns are able to fix the following problems:
- Cracked tooth
- Failed restoration
- Chipped tooth
- Broken teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
Your teeth can be protected with a dental crown and have its original shape restored so that it feels and functions as it did before becoming damaged. All-porcelain crowns protect the remaining tooth as well as metal crowns do. All-porcelain crowns can be expected to last ten or more years if cared for properly.
BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN CROWNS
Our northern Virginia cosmetic dentists use only all-porcelain crowns because they have several benefits:
- Porcelain crowns can be colored and shaped to blend more naturally and aesthetically with your teeth.
- All-porcelain crowns have strong composition.
- Porcelain crowns are resistant to expansion and contraction when exposed to heat and cold.
- All-porcelain crowns are a perfect material for dental implants.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DENTAL CROWN?
Be sure to preserve your teeth for life – whether they are natural or porcelain – by brushing and flossing regularly. In addition, keeping your regularly scheduled dental appointments is a pivotal part of effective oral hygiene.
TOOTH RESTORATION: DENTAL BRIDGES AND CROWNS
Dental bridges are wonderful devices to replace missing teeth and keep your natural teeth from moving out of position. In the past bridges clipped in place, and had to be removed for cleaning. Occasionally they would become lost, get broken, or even change shape enough to lose their original fit. Today, the cosmetic surgeons at Galleria Dental Aesthetics can anchor your dental bridge to neighboring teeth with crowns that will hold them in place permanently. The result is that you maintain them as you would your natural teeth, and because the bridge is immobilized, there is less chance of abrasion against your gums and loss of valuable supporting bone structure.
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
If your tooth has incurred damage which is not severe enough for a dental crown, but still requires correction; an inlay or onlay may be a wise choice. Inlays and onlays are made of composite resin. In cases where more strength and stability are required, our lab will create a precision fit, custom-crafted, porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay to meet your reconstructive dentistry services needs.
Inlays work to prevent further damage or decay to your tooth’s upper surface. Onlays are required only if your tooth decay extends to one or more of the cusps of your teeth.
OTHER TOOTH RESTORATION OPTIONS
Why feel like “snaggletooth” when our cosmetic dentists can give you an endearing smile that makes you feel proud? Porcelain crowns can be placed on any tooth and are one of several fixes for damaged teeth. Other options for less damaged teeth, like porcelain veneers or inlays and onlays may be worth considering as well, so ask your cosmetic dentist which treatment is best for you.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
To learn more about how we use dental crowns to improve your smile, please call the cosmetic dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics at (703) 448-1020 for a consultation. Our practice serves McLean and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.