Burtonsville Dental Crowns

Dental CrownsBurtonsville, MD

Dental crowns are among the most common devices that dentists use for cosmetic and restorative purposes. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, a crown could be what you need. This treatment serves multiple purposes. Crowns are effective at preserving and improving your oral health. Plus, crowns can enhance the aesthetics of your appearance by concealing unattractive teeth.

You should not have to live with a smile you do not enjoy. You also do not need to put off getting dental treatment for a serious condition. Your cosmetic dentist has the knowledge and training to place crowns over affected teeth. You can then stop hiding your smile and feeling embarrassed about how you look.

Call our office today if you are ready to move forward and renew your smile by getting crowns.

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An overview of dental crowns

In some form, dental crowns have been common in dentistry for health and cosmetic reasons for centuries. In recent decades, this has been one of the most frequent methods that dentists use to restore and preserve teeth. While in the past crowns consisted mainly of metals, dentists and patients have changed preferences today. Now, most dentists use porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin crowns. One of the main reasons for this is that these materials are tooth-colored, so the crown will match the color of the patient’s natural teeth. These crowns do not stand out and will not diminish the cosmetic appeal of a person’s smile.

The purposes of crowns

Dentists choose crowns for a variety of reasons. These devices also have several functions and benefits. Crowns stabilize weak teeth that have suffered decay or disease. Crowns also protect damaged teeth that have cracks, chips, or fractures. In addition, the dentist may place a crown over a tooth following a root canal. This helps to preserve the remaining natural tooth and keep the structure intact.

A crown closely resembles a natural tooth in size and shape in addition to color in the case of ceramic, porcelain, and composite crowns. Because of this, cosmetic dentists use crowns with dental implants as the artificial tooth. A crown acts as a cap, completely covering an affected tooth. Along with covering damaged and decayed teeth, crowns can do the following:

  • Serve as a teeth-whitening treatment by covering stained teeth
  • Go over the top of worn or abnormally small teeth to make them look larger
  • Cover misaligned or uneven teeth to improve their appearance
  • Cover misshapen teeth

Preparation for getting a crown

Many patients are familiar with dental crowns. However, before using one to treat a tooth, the dentist will explain the process to the patient. The dentist will also discuss other options to make sure crowns are the right solution. The patient should ask questions or address any concerns during this appointment. If the patient and dentist believe this is the right approach, the dentist will move forward with preparatory work.

X-rays and impressions provide the information the dentist needs to make the crown. In some offices, the dentist will take digital pictures to create a 3D model of the mouth. This goes to a computer that builds the crown and sends the information to a milling unit in the office. The machine custom-makes a crown out of a ceramic block, and it is ready for the patient the same day. In other dental practices, the dentist makes impressions of the mouth out of a mold. A technician makes the crown in a lab off-site, which can take a few weeks.

Before the crown is ready, the dentist will prepare the patient and the affected tooth. First, the dentist will get the patient comfortable in the dental chair and numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once this takes effect, the dentist will dry the area and place rubber dams around the tooth to keep it dry. The dentist must then shave some of the tooth and reshape it so that the crown fits. Lastly, the dentist places a temporary crown over the tooth. However, with same-day crowns, the patient does not get a temporary crown but instead gets the permanent one right away.

Placing the crown

Whether with same-day crowns or traditional dental crowns, the dentist will bond it to the tooth with dental cement. Before placing it, the dentist will make sure it fits comfortably. The dentist will also check the patient’s bite with the crown over the tooth. There will also be a check to ensure the crown is the right color shade. Once the dentist places the crown, a laser or other light will harden the cement quickly.

Care and maintenance

It may take a few days for the patient to get used to having the crown. There could also be some soreness or irritation for a day or two. The patient should be able to eat most foods almost immediately. However, the person should be cautious about eating some things, as certain foods can pull out, break, or otherwise damage the crown.

People with crowns should avoid sticky, chewy foods such as gum and caramel. Hard foods could dislodge the crown too. These include hard candy and raw vegetables. Good oral hygiene is vital. The patient must continue to diligently brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Visiting the dentist every six months is essential as well.

The results

With proper care and attention, a person can help dental crowns last for several years. Most crowns can remain intact and be effective for 10 years or more. These devices are effective at restoring smiles and providing a natural, attractive appearance. The crowns will also keep the natural tooth underneath in good condition. With good oral health care habits, the patient can prevent the tooth underneath from decaying or suffering infection.

A good approach to getting the smile you want

Several issues can affect your smile. Accidents, injuries, or poor habits can damage or discolor teeth. You may even naturally have oddly shaped or crooked teeth. But you do not have to worry because dental crowns are an effective treatment for reviving your smile. Call our dentist today to schedule an appointment to discuss whether crowns are right for you.

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Burtonsville Dental Suite is located at 3905 National Dr. #340 Burtonsville, MD 20866.

(301) 259-5016