For many patients, concern about losing a tooth as a result of severe decay or an injury involving the teeth or mouth is a reality. Because the appearance of the teeth significantly impacts an individual's self-esteem, a visually attractive and functional solution is necessary. Dental crowns offered by Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry provide patients with that solution.
A dental crown also called a cap, is a thin tooth-shaped cover that is custom-designed to fit over a problematic tooth. Once the crown is cemented in place, it functions as a normal tooth without impairing eating, drinking, or speaking. Patients report that dental crowns restore their confidence, too, allowing them to socialize without worry over the appearance of their teeth.
In cases of minor dental decay, a filling may be the best option; however, if the decay has weakened the tooth, a dental crown may be necessary to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage.
Receiving a dental crown involves several steps. First, the dentist removes decay from the tooth. If decay is present in the tooth’s root, a root canal may be necessary. Next, the dentist makes a mold of the tooth and selects the correct shade for the crown. This ensures that it matches the patient’s other teeth. That information is used by our lab where the crown is made. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
When the permanent crown is complete, a small portion of the tooth’s enamel is removed and the crown is permanently cemented over the tooth. With proper care, patients may enjoy their new, confident smile for years to come.
Dental crowns are typically made from porcelain because of its durability. It is colored to match the shade of the remaining teeth in the mouth, which allows it to blend seamlessly into the patient's smile.
Dental crowns are also used in the dental implant procedure. Dental implants offer an alternative solution to dentures when severe decay or injury necessitates the removal of a tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a metal post into the jaw bone beneath the gums. Once the post fuses with the surrounding bone, a permanent dental crown is attached to the post.
Children also benefit from dental crowns. In cases of severe decay or damaged teeth due to accidents or injuries, they often risk losing a baby tooth. Dental crowns help prevent damage to the underlying gum and bone tissue and save space for permanent teeth to emerge in the future. Because they aren't permanent, crowns for children may be made from stainless steel rather than porcelain.
Many patients also choose to get a dental crown to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth. Regardless of the reason for the dental crown, Dr. Michael Pollowitz and Dr. Sharon Brown at the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are expertly trained to determine the best plan of care for each patient. DC’s top-rated dentists and recipients of multiple awards for their outstanding cosmetic dental care, our dentists offer high-quality, compassionate care to those in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas.
For more information about dental crowns or any of the other services offered at Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, or to book your next appointment, call the dental office at (202) 363-2500.
Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
4910 Massachusetts Ave. NW #204
Washington, DC 20016