Dental Crowns: An Overview
Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain and placed on the top of a tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed. Dental crowns are multifunctional and can also be used to attach dental bridges, cover dental implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or are applied when a discolored tooth needs to be restored. This makes them a crucial part of our restorative dentistry solutions, as they often work alongside other treatments. If you are interested in finding out if a dental crown can help restore your discolored, chipped, or cracked tooth, schedule an appointment with our doctors or call us today at 301-200-1315.
Dental Crowns in Laurel, MD
As your trusted restorative dentist in Laurel, MD, we look forward to seeing if dental crowns can assist you in restoring your smile. Our goal is to provide you with a wealth of information so that you can make a fully-informed decision on bettering your dental health. The following are frequently asked questions regarding our dental crown services:
How are dental crowns applied?
Dental crowns take about two or three visits to our office. We will take dental impressions of your mouth to ensure that the customized replacement crown fits discreetly into your smile. Then, we will file down the outer layer of the existing or damaged tooth to make space for the dental crown. Afterward, we place a temporary crown made of composite resin on top of your tooth. We will call you back to our office when your porcelain crown is created by our labs. Then, we remove the temporary crown and firmly secure the porcelain crown using dental cement.
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper care, a dental crown could last up to 15 years, and sometimes longer depending on your oral hygiene habits. It is very important to brush and floss your dental crown just as you would your natural teeth to avoid buildup around your gum line.
What do I do if my crown falls off?
When you get your temporary crown, you should contact our office immediately if it falls out. Your exposed tooth can cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Additionally, your teeth could begin to shift which would affect the fit of your permanent crown. Our office will make every effort to get you another temporary crown as soon as possible. Additionally, if your permanent crown becomes dislodged, you can secure it back into your mouth using over-the-counter dental glue and then contact our office so that we can make you an appointment for a crown replacement.
What’s the difference between a dental crown and a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is typically only used for cosmetic purposes, while a dental crown has more restorative value. A porcelain veneer covers only the front of your tooth, while a dental crown essentially replaces that tooth all together. A consultation with your dentist will help you determine which one of these methods will best meet the needs of your smile.