Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
If you develop a cavity or damage a tooth by biting down on a hard object, your dentist might recommend a crown to restore its shape, size, and appearance. Expert dentists Shila Yazdani, DDS, Michael Mortazie, DDS, and their team at Revive Dentistry in Washington, D.C., regularly prescribe crowns to repair smiles quickly and efficiently. To see if you’re a candidate for a dental crown, make an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Crowns Q & A
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that your dentist bonds to the top of a chipped, cracked, or badly decaying tooth. Once placed, a dental crown covers the entire visible portion of tooth enamel that sits above your gum line.
At Revive Dentistry, the team uses porcelain crowns. Porcelain is incredibly durable, and it mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. This ensures your crown blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.
What are crowns used for?
At Revive Dentistry, the team uses dental crowns for a variety of reasons. They might recommend a crown to:
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Support a damaged or decaying tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a bridge in place
Your dentist might also recommend a crown if you have misshapen or discolored teeth.
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
At Revive Dentistry, getting a dental crown usually takes only one appointment. Before preparing your tooth to receive a crown, your Revive Dentistry provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your goals for treatment.
Your dentist also takes a series of scans with the cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system, which provides additional insights on the health of your jaws, tooth roots, and gums.
If there’s no infection or decay present, your dentist moves forward with treatment. First, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist files your affected tooth down and takes a series of impressions. Afterward, your dentist uses your impressions to mill a custom crown using the onsite CEREC machine.
Once your dentist mills your new crown, they line it up over your affected tooth and bond it in place with dental cement. You leave the office with a new crown and a more confident smile.
How do I care for my dental crown?
You care for your dental crown like you would your natural teeth. The team at Revive Dentistry recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once each day, and visiting the dentist for a professional exam and cleaning every six months. To prevent damage to your crown, you should also avoid bad habits, such as tobacco use, biting your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes.
To learn more about dental crowns, make an appointment at Revive Dentistry today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
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