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By McLean Dental Care
January 13, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

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.

By McLean Dental Care
August 08, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

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.

Contact us

If your teeth could use a touch-up, call McLean Dental Care today at 703-734-0100.

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!