If cracks, decay, or damage are keeping you from smiling, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel D. Cappiello of McLean Dental Care can get you grinning again with dental crowns. A strong and attractive solution to flawed teeth, crowns are a popular option for achieving your best smile—read on to learn more!
What is a crown?
A crown is a resin, ceramic, or metal cap that is permanently adhered to a damaged tooth, thus encasing any cracks or decay. The procedure restores the tooth's full functionality, as well as its original shape, size, and appearance.
Why might I need a crown?
Your McLean dentist may suggest a crown if you have any of the following issues:
- You have a cracked, chipped or worn down tooth
- You have a cavity which can't be properly filled
- You have undergone a root canal
- Your tooth is damaged or misshapen
- Your tooth is severely discolored
- You have a large filling that protrudes
What are the advantages of crowns?
- Improved appearance of your tooth
- A stronger, more functional tooth
- Easier chewing and brushing
- Better oral structure
How will my McLean dentist apply a crown?
Your dentist will first numb the tooth and its surrounding gum area in order to to reduce any pain that you may experience during your procedure. Using a specialized tool, they will then reduce the surface area of the tooth to accommodate the crown.
Next, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth (either manually with putty or digitally with a scanner) so as to make a true-to-size crown. A temporary crown will then be installed while the permanent piece is being constructed.
At your next visit, the new crown will be affixed to your tooth with a permanent adhesive. Additionally, your dentist will make sure that the crown is perfectly aligned and shaped properly for full comfort and functionality.
How I care for a crown?
With a crown, you can brush and floss like normal. Crowns are strong but not indestructible, so you will need to take care when biting particularly hard foods. As always, you should also see your McLean dentist for regular examinations and cleanings.
If your teeth could use a touch-up, call McLean Dental Care today at 703-734-0100.