Many patients have dental crowns to improve the function, health and apperance of their teeth. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. Dr. Hebda of Complete Health Dentistry located in Ashburn, Virginia is an experienced professional, who can help you should you need a crown. Book an appointment online, or call today to learn about your options, including aesthetic and safe ceramic crowns.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's used to cover a damaged or weak tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.
Ceramic crowns are made from a glass-like substance, usually porcelain, as opposed to metal or another material. Ceramic crowns are more natural-looking and blend right into the rest of your smile.
Do I need a crown?
Dr. Hebda may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly shaped tooth.
Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Teeth with large fillings and little natural tooth remaining are especially susceptible to breaking, but a crown can prevent this from happening. Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.
What type of crown is best for my teeth?
Dental crowns can be constructed from many materials, including stainless steel or gold, but at Complete Health Dentistry, Dr. Hebda recommends ceramic crowns in most cases. These ceramic crowns, look most like your natural teeth. Porcelain, a major ingredient of ceramic crowns, has the translucency of enamel -- making your smile glisten.
All-ceramic crowns are the best option for people who have metal allergies as well as for anyone who wants a smile that looks like their own.
What is involved with a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the Complete Health Dentistry. During the first appointment, your Complete Health Dentistry professional will take X-rays to assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown. Next, Dr. Hebda administers anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up and shaped so that the crown will fit snugly. After, Dr. Hebda will take an impression of your teeth. The team at Complete Health Dentistry sends this impression to a top-level lab and to custom-make the crown with the finest dental materials available. A temporary crown will be created to protect your tooth until the lab-fabricated crown can be placed. If you think you may need a ceramic crown or would like to discuss your dental needs, contact the professional team at Complete Health Dentistry, or schedule an appointment online.