C&R Dental Care
Cosmetic & General Dentists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Tysons, VA
Crowns cover a damaged tooth to improve its appearance, strength, and function. At C & R Dental Care, the expert team of dentists is highly experienced in creating and implanting crowns for a variety of conditions. Call one of the three locations in Centreville, Virginia, or Columbia, Maryland, to have a crown fitted, made, and put in on the same day.
Dental Crown Q & A
What is a crown?
A crown is a prosthetic cap that fits over an existing tooth. It’s usually made of very durable porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth. In some cases, crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal – such as gold, resin, or ceramic. When cemented into place, a crown fully covers the entire visible portion of your tooth – all the way down to the gum line.
Who needs a crown?
A crown often covers a tooth that’s undergone root canal treatment, but they have other purposes, including:
- Replacing a large filling
- Restoring a fractured tooth or protecting one from fracturing
- Attaching a bridge
- Covering a dental implant
- Capping a tooth that’s discolored or misshapen
How is a crown applied?
The dental team numbs the area to be treated and then gently files down the chewing surfaces and sides of the tooth to receive the crown. If you have a large amount of tooth missing, the team may build up the tooth using a filling material to accommodate the crown.They then make a cast to create a custom fit. At C & R Dental Care, this impression is loaded into the CEREC 3-D scanner, which produces a crown on-site. The crown is then cemented permanently into place.
How do I care for a crown?
Right after receiving the crown, you may experience some discomfort – including heat and cold sensitivity. You may benefit from using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. If you have other immediate problems with the crown, such as pain when you bite down, or it feels loose, contact C & R Dental Care immediately to get the issue addressed.
With good oral hygiene, a crown can last eight years or much longer. Brush your teeth at least two times daily and floss regularly, especially around the crown to get rid of excess plaque and debris.
If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, it can shorten the life of your crown. Eating extremely hard or crunchy items, such as ice or hard candy, also can compromise the crown. Discuss these habits with the team at C & R Dental Care to find a solution to preserve the longevity of your restoration.
Get the convenience of a same-day crown! Call C & R Dental Care today.