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By McLean Dental Care
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

What your dentists in McLean, Virginia want you to know

Dental CrownsDo you want to restore both the strength and beauty of your smile? Do you suffer from damaged, broken teeth? If so, you need to discover the many benefits of dental crowns. Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia want to share how dental crowns can help you and your smile.

One of the major benefits of dental crowns is that they provide strong protection against the pressure and force caused by biting down and chewing your food. A crown is stronger than a filling because it covers the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. This means that when you bite down, the force is spread out over the entire surface of your tooth, protecting it from breaking.

Today’s crowns are made of natural-looking materials like porcelain, which provides another major benefit. Porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel, so your crown will look beautifully natural, and blend perfectly with your smile.

Porcelain crowns will also resist stains, which means your new crowns will look beautifully new for years, even if you smoke or drink coffee. The natural good looks, strength and longevity of porcelain crowns make them one of the best ways to repair damaged teeth.

To receive your crown, the dentist prepares your tooth, reducing its size, so that it may fit under your crown. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where a custom-designed crown is manufactured. Your doctor can provide you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown arrives from the lab.

There are several things you can do to maintain a healthy oral regiment and prolong your crowns.

  • Maintain a hygienic oral regimen to avoid plaque buildup and cavities will help crowns last. Make sure your regimen consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once before bed.

  • Wear a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding, as well, so make sure you discuss this with your dentist.

  • See your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings, and eating healthy improve the chances of your crowns lasting longer.

You deserve to have a beautiful, strong smile so get started by calling Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia. Don’t wait for your new smile! Call today!

By McLean Dental Care
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Just one damaged tooth can make your whole smile look unattractive and feel weaker. The dental team at McLean Dental Care in dental crownsMcLean, VA can restore your damaged tooth and make your smile whole again with a dental crown. Find out more about how a dental crown can restore tooth damage and give you more confidence in your smile.

What Causes Tooth Damage?
Tooth damage can happen suddenly or progressively over a period of time. Here are some of the most common causes of a damaged tooth in patients of all ages:

- A head injury (possibly from a fall or accident).
- A sports injury (more common for boxers, baseball players, and basketball players).
- Enamel erosion from wear and tear or the natural aging process.
- Biting down on a hard substance that cracks the enamel.
- Some medications can cause damage to a tooth.

Restoration with a Dental Crown
Your McLean dentist will likely say that the best way to restore a damaged tooth is with a permanent dental crown. A crown is a tooth covering that provides excellent protection and coverage for a weak, injured, cracked, or badly stained tooth. It is a replacement for the outer layers of the tooth that looks just like natural enamel in color, texture, and shape. Your dentist will bond the crown in place with professional-grade dental cement.

Dental Crowns Are Long Lasting
The great thing about restoring a tooth with a crown is that you won’t have to worry about it again for many years. A crown can last up to 10 years and sometimes longer because it’s usually made of a porcelain material.

Restoring Your Tooth
There’s no need to continue to tolerate the discomfort and appearance of a damaged tooth. Have it fixed with a dental crown at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA. Call 703-734-0100 today to schedule a dental crown consultation with Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello.

By McLean Dental Care
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do your broken or damaged teeth give you trouble while eating, speaking or chewing? If so, crowns could be the answer to your dental crownsproblems. If left untreated, broken and damaged teeth can have some nasty side effects which could result in tooth loss. To avoid this outcome, you should consult with your dentist about dental crowns to help stabilize and protect your broken teeth. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA.

What can a dental crown do for my smile? 
Dental crowns protect a damaged tooth and prevent a tooth from being further compromised. Dentists use crowns in various situations, including:

  • to stabilize a broken tooth
  • to cover a large dental filling, such as after a root canal
  • to replace a tooth after a dental implant procedure
  • to hold a permanent dental bridge in place
  • to improve the appearance of an unsightly, misshapen or discolored tooth

While dental crowns can help in many situations, it is best to consult with your dentist at McLean Dental Care to determine if a crown is best for you and your smile.

How is a dental crown made? 
A laboratory technician customizes your dental crown inside of a dental laboratory which specializes in creating dental restorations. The technician uses an impression of your mouth to design, carve and finalize the crown to ensure it fits onto the tooth in question along with fitting seamlessly into your smile. The crown is also color-matched based on your teeth for a natural look which will not stand out or look out of place.

Dental Crowns in McLean, VA 
Dental crowns require that your dentist prepares your tooth before placing the crown permanently onto it. The preparation process involves removing small layers of enamel from the tooth’s sides and crown (top) to make room for the crown and shape the tooth into the same form as the inside of the dental crown. This ensures a snug fit and a proper bond between the restoration and your tooth.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Gyllenhoff and Dr. Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA. Call (703) 734-0100 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By McLean Dental Care
February 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  
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Gold is more than a financial commodity or a symbol of wealth — it’s one of the best materials for restoring damaged tooth crowns, the visible portion above the gum line. It’s extremely durable and can last for several decades if properly maintained. It also causes minimal wear to adjacent teeth.

But as new, more life-like materials have come into prominence, gold restorations have diminished in popularity. Dental porcelain in particular, a type of fired ceramic glass that mimics the look and color of teeth, has increased in popularity for use in highly visible areas.

But unlike gold, all porcelain crowns lack strength, tend to be more brittle and can abrade other teeth during biting and chewing. If they break, they can shatter beyond repair. All porcelain crowns are improving dramatically as newer space age materials become available. Historically, though, they are thought of as more unpredictable when used for back teeth; the greater biting forces make them more susceptible to failure than with front teeth.

A Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM) crown is a hybrid of these two materials that seeks to impart the strengths of both — the aesthetic appeal of porcelain and the durability of gold or platinum. But a PFM crown also has drawbacks: the porcelain surface may still abrade opposing teeth; they can lose their aesthetic appeal if the metal collar becomes visible if gum tissues recede; and they can fail if the porcelain fractures or separates from the metal.

To address some of porcelain’s weaknesses, some PFM variations reduce the amount of porcelain by placing it only on the visible side of a cast gold crown. In addition, other porcelain materials are now coming into use that may be more durable yet just as life-like.

Choosing which material to use for a crown depends on many factors: cost, the location of the crown, and, of course, the patient’s desires for the resulting smile appearance. It all begins with a comprehensive exam: from there, we can advise you on your options and help you make a choice — gold, porcelain or something in between — that’s durable and pleasing to the eye.

If you would like more information on your options regarding dental crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?