Tooth Crowns in Woodbridge
If your teeth have suffered some type of damage, decay, or trauma, then a tooth crown may be all you need to improve the appearance and health of your teeth.
What Exactly Are Crowns?
A tooth crown is a protective cover that gets placed by a dentist over a damaged tooth or a dental implant. Crowns are often referred to as dental caps because they function as a cap over a tooth to enhance its appearance, strength, and function. Our dentists usually recommend these caps for severe dental damage, extensive decay, or deep cracks that are beyond the repair of a filling. Crowns are also used after you have a root canal to provide the treated tooth with extra protection, as well as to secure dental bridges and improve the look of badly stained and misshapen teeth.
Since our dentists craft these crowns to look just like your natural teeth, the only thing people will notice will be your attractive, healthy smile.
Do You Have to Visit a Dental Specialist for a Crown?
Not at all. Dental caps are viewed as a routine procedure, just like fillings and cleanings. And, crowns are a popular procedure at our practice. Please call our office if you have sustained dental damage to see if a crown might be right for you.
Is There Only One Kind of Crown?
There are two different types of crowns for teeth available today. Crowns can be either prefabricated or custom-made by a dental lab. A prefabricated tooth cap is generally known as a temporary crown. It’s typically made out of plastic or stainless steel and used to protect the tooth until the permanent cap is made.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Ceramic Crowns?
A ceramic crown features a porcelain-based filling. In addition to their great resistance of daily wear, their primary advantage is their ability to blend most naturally with the surrounding teeth. As a result, they are often used as a front tooth crown. The disadvantages of these ceramic caps is their need for minor tooth structure removal for placement and their tendency to be more brittle than both porcelain and a gold crown tooth if you have a heavy bite.
How Do Porcelain Crowns Differ from Ceramic?
These are crafted out of porcelain which is then fused to metal. The metal base makes these crowns more durable and stronger than ceramic crowns. Being attached to a metal core means greater inherent strength and more protection against leakage and tooth decay. While porcelain caps have many benefits, the primary downside is the need for a moderate amount of natural tooth structure removal for proper placement.
What Does the Crown Process Entail?
The entire dental crown procedure can usually be completed in only two appointments with one of our dentists. However, if you need preliminary treatments like root canals, more appointments will be need to be scheduled. Yet, in most cases, you can expect the following steps throughout your crown placement procedure:
- One of our dentists will examine your dental damage to determine if your tooth can sustain a dental cap.
- If your tooth can withstand a crown, one of our dentists will scrape down the tooth.
- An impression of the tooth will be made and delivered to a special lab that will create your permanent crown.
- Our dentist will put a temporary crown on top of the tooth as a form of protection while you wait a couple of weeks for the permanent píece.
- A few weeks later, you will have your second dental appointment where our dentist will fit your permanent crown and make any adjustments needed for ideal comfort and fit.
Are Tooth Crowns Costly?
The type of cap you select will determine your total dental crown cost. If costs are a concern, realize that a portion of the cost is frequently covered by discount dental plans and many dental insurance companies. Feel free to contact our office to receive additional information.
Is Certain Maintenance Required for Crowns?
Generally, dental crowns can continue to look good and stay strong for five to 10 years. However, you can extend the life of your crowns for up to 40 years with regular dental care, both at home and from a dentist. At home, you need to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least two times a day and flossing once daily. Make sure to schedule regular dentist appointments for checkups and professional cleanings. All of these efforts will help you keep your crowns in good condition and protect your dental health.