How Dental Crowns Are Made
Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia
The idea of getting a dental crown can be daunting for some patients. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Virginia, our experienced team of cosmetic dentists and support staff routinely place tooth crowns for our patients in the most gentle and professional manner possible. When you come to our office for a dental crown, we will fully inform you about each step of the process so you feel comfortable and informed.
THE DENTAL CROWN PROCESS: STEP ONE
The dental crown process typically takes two office visits. During the first visit, the tooth will be filed down on all sides as well as on the chewing surface to allow the crown to fit the tooth properly. We must ensure the crown will not interfere with your ability to chew or speak clearly and that it blends seamlessly with your natural smile. It may also be necessary to gently file down the teeth surrounding the damaged tooth to accommodate the crown.
In cases of severe structural damage to the tooth, it may be necessary for the tooth to be built up with composite material so the crown will have enough support structure.
When the tooth is prepared, we will make a mold of the tooth so a perfectly shaped porcelain dental crown can be manufactured by our master dental lab technician. The color will match that of your existing teeth. This process typically takes approximately two weeks.
Rest assured that you will not go home after this first visit without a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth. We understand that our patients will not want their dental work to show; the temporary crown will be matched to your teeth as closely as possible.
THE DENTAL CROWN PROCESS: STEP TWO
You will return to our dental office when your custom-made porcelain dental crown has been delivered. The temporary crown will be removed and the new dental crown will be checked for the proper fit, alignment and color. When all parties are satisfied that the new dental crown is a perfect fit, we will permanently cement the crown to the tooth.
DENTAL CROWNS AND ROOT CANALS
It is sometimes necessary for patients to undergo a root canal treatment prior to receiving a dental crown. A root canal helps to prevent future infection of a decayed or cracked tooth by the removal of the damaged nerve and pulp from within the tooth.
If you have additional questions about dental crowns or would like to arrange a teeth crown consultation with our staff at Galleria Dental Aesthetics, please contact our Tysons Corner cosmetic dentistry office today to start down the road to beautifying, protecting and improving your smile.