Dentists would rather spare natural teeth than extract them. At McLean Dental Care, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello adhere to this philosophy of care, and accordingly, they offer realistic porcelain crowns to shore up damaged teeth. Placed in their McLean, VA, office, crowns dramatically improve smile integrity and appearance.
What is a dental crown?
Reliable and durable, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket or cap which completely covers a tooth directly to the gum line. A crown looks like the original tooth only better because the crown improves the tooth's shape, size, bite and color.
As determined by visual inspection and X-rays, your tooth is a candidate for a crown if it's basically healthy but requires support because of:
- Tooth decay
- Large and multiple fillings
- Root canal therapy removes the inflamed interior pulp and seals the tooth against further infection
- Traumatic injury and resultant missing or cracked enamel
- Odd shape, unusual color, and/or an improper bite
- Extreme enamel wear due to teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff may use dental crowns as anchor points for a multi-tooth bridge or to restore a dental implant.
Details on the treatment
To create and place a crown, Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff will take oral impressions of your tooth and its neighbors. Then, the dentist will shape the tooth so it accepts the crown. A dental lab makes your restoration from high-grade ceramic which is color-matched to compliment the rest of your smile. Permanent cement holds the new crown in place.
Keeping that crown beautiful
The Cleveland Clinic reports that most dental crowns last up to 15 years. Good at-home and in-office care are must-haves. So, be sure to:
- Floss and brush carefully every day to remove plaque.
- See your dentist at our McLean, VA, office twice a year for a cleaning and check-up (including the condition of your crown).
- Do not bite your nails or eat extra-hard dietary choices, such as candy apples and peanut brittle.
- Wear an acrylic bite guard at night if you struggle with teeth grinding and clenching.
To learn more...
If you worry about a tooth's strength or longevity, call your friends at McLean Dental Care. Dr. Cappiello or Dr. Gyllenhoff will be happy to evaluate your tooth and outline treatment options. Often, dental crowns are great choices. Phone our McLean, VA, office at (703) 734-0100.