If you have a tooth that's developed a cavity or sustained breakage, you might assume you have one of two options when you visit McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia: a filling or an extraction. These two treatments are certainly on each end of the spectrum of services provided by Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello, but for many patients, placement of a crown will be the perfect way to restore a tooth while keeping the roots in tact.
Why do I need a crown?
Perhaps you've let a cavity go untreated for a long time. Or maybe you've cracked a tooth accidentally. In any case, crowns from your McLean dentist are designed to restore a tooth that has sustained too much damage to withstand a filling or other treatment.
What does a crown look like?
Crowns are designed to look and function like a natural tooth. They are made from tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic materials; their resemblance to natural teeth is remarkable. For back teeth that bear the force of chewing, your McLean dentist often recommends a crown made of a stronger metal alloy or gold.
How does a crown work?
Think of a crown like a heavy coat - it protects what's underneath it from the elements outside. After your McLean dentist has eliminated the decay from a tooth, the tooth itself may not be strong enough to withstand any further treatment or decay. A crown keeps a damaged natural tooth in place, preserving the stabilizing root, while allowing a person to retain the full function of a healthy tooth.
With proper care, crowns can last up to two decades before replacement is needed. If you'd like to learn more about how crowns can stabilize and brighten your smile, call McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia to set up an appointment with one of our skilled dentists.