Dental Crowns Fairfax, VA
Crowns to help restore your tooth function and appearance.
A crown is a dental restoration that covers, or “caps” a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. By covering the entire biting surface as well as sides of the tooth, a crown binds together the remaining healthy structure, providing strength and stability. For a tooth that has cracks or chips, or a tooth that has extensive damage or large cavities, sometimes a crown is the best solution. By repairing the damage, it can also significantly improve the appearance of your smile!
After the tooth is prepared and any decay removed, the crown fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth and can be used normally for biting and chewing. If you are having a tooth problem, please call us at (703) 520-9985. We can provide an assessment to determine what treatment is right for you and if you might be a candidate for a dental crown.
To prepare the tooth for a crown, we remove some material (as well as the damge and decay) so the crown can fit over it. We take an impression of teeth and gums to sent off to the laboratory for crown fabrication. A temporary crown fits over the tooth until the new replacement crown is ready. At a second visit, we remove the temporary and fit the new crown onto the tooth, cementing it in place.
Yes. A crown that looks like a natural tooth is the goal. To achieve a natural look, we consider a number of factors, such as: the color, bite, shape, and length of natural teeth. Any of these apects can affect the appearance.
If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with us at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they may be more attractive.
Crowns require more tooth structure removal as they cover more of the whole tooth than porcelain veneers
. They are best for teeth that sustained a significant loss of structure, and also may be placed on either natural teeth or on dental implants
To prevent damaging or fracturing the crowns, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Tooth grinding should be a consideration when choosing the material for the crown. Besides visiting your dentist and brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital with crowns. Floss or other dental cleaners (specially shaped brushes or picks) are important tools to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque in that area can cause dental decay and gum disease at the base of the crown.