What are Dental Crowns?
Traditional dental crowns are essentially caps that cover and protect damaged or decayed teeth. The restorations are frequently crafted from porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal to ensure strength and durability without compromising your smile’s overall aesthetics. Crowns are a long-lasting restoration that can protect and preserve the underlying tooth for years with proper care.
Traditional dental crowns are essentially caps that cover and protect damaged or decayed teeth.
Implant-supported crowns serve a different purpose. Rather than repairing a damaged tooth, they replacing a single missing tooth. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and the crown attaches to the implant abutment. An implant-supported crown fills the gap left by a lost or extracted tooth and preserves the underlying bone structure.
How Do Crowns Improve Oral Health?
A tooth treated with a traditional crown has maintained or improved function, and importantly, a decreased risk of suffering additional damage. Implant-supported crowns offer additional benefits. A missing tooth can lead to trouble eating and speaking, and it can also eventually cause misalignment. An implant-supported crown eliminates these complications, while also halting bone loss and keeping teeth from shifting out of place.
What Should I Expect During the Procedure?
First, your doctor will perform a thorough examination, which may include x-rays, to evaluate the extent of the damage. Once we determine you are a good candidate for a crown, we will schedule your appointments.
We offer sedation and use local anesthetic to ensure a relaxing, comfortable experience. Once patients are comfortable, the doctor will begin by removing any parts of the tooth that are damaged or decayed. Then, he will carefully reshape the remaining tooth structure to create adequate space for the crown.
After reshaping the tooth, we will take impressions, which will be used to create your custom-fitting crown. It can take up to two weeks to create your restoration, so we will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in between visits. When we receive the crown from the lab, you will return to our office and your doctor will cement the final crown in place.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Crowns are a trusted solution to a variety of restorative dental concerns. To learn whether a crown is right for you, contact Fairfax Dental to schedule an appointment using our online form or call (703) 385-0303.