Over time, you may notice that your teeth are starting to decay or perhaps they became damaged as a result of an injury. If the tooth is salvageable, your dentist can work with you and give you some options, such as a dental crown. Dental crowns are a good option when there is an existing tooth can be repaired. Dental crowns help restore every day functions such as biting and chewing but they also help to maintain the look and appearance of your smile.
Think of crowns as a protective covering for your damaged teeth that are custom-made for you. Crowns protect your entire tooth all the way to the gum line. Dr. Jefferies can talk to you about all your options for the repair of your teeth, including dental crowns. He will go over all your options and their advantages and disadvantages for your situation. Here is some basic information regarding dental crowns.
1. Crowns help relieve discomfort.
Dr. Jefferies will evaluate your tooth’s enamel and structure. Crowns are made to fit over the damaged tooth as a restorative treatment. There are several reasons why a crown is the best option for many people. Many people suffer in pain and agony from a chipped tooth, perhaps a fracture or a break in the tooth. This causes pain when you eat or drink and for some, it is a constant pain and not just while eating. Once Dr. Jefferies diagnoses the underlying cause of the tooth, he can then recommend the most appropriate care (root canal, filing, etc.). Crowns help reduce sensitivity and protect against further damage to the tooth.
2. Crowns are a simple procedure.
Many think that getting a dental crown is a complicated or difficult procedure. The reality is that it is one of the easier procedures that you can have done. Dr. Jeffries will first clean the tooth and prep the enamel. The damaged parts of the tooth are removed, your tooth will need to be shaped so that when the crown is placed, it will adhere to the tooth properly. The next step will be to make a mold of your tooth and from that a crown will be cast. It takes about 2 weeks for the crown to be ready. In the meantime, you will receive a temporary crown. Once the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Jefferies will apply a special bonding cement and then place the permanent crown over it after removing the temporary crown.
3. Crowns are custom-made for you.
Once the initial soreness around the area subsides, most people forget they even have a dental crown. While crowns are designed in the lab they are designed to closely match your surrounding teeth in size, shape and even color and they function just as your original tooth/teeth do.
4. Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are procedures that are generally intended to correct a problem to protect and repair a damaged tooth but they may also be beneficial for cosmetic purposes as well. Some patients are looking to correct a cosmetic issue: chips, cracks, broken teeth, stained teeth or maybe you just want to improve the look of your smile. Dr. Jefferies and his staff are well informed and will let you know what is and what isn’t covered by your insurance. You will have all the information necessary to make an informed decision before any work is done.
Crowns last many years.
Dental crowns are made to last a very long time with care such as regular brushing and flossing, including routine exams and cleanings, you can expect your crowns to last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Dr. Jefferies in Herndon, VA uses only the best strong bonding materials to create dental crowns so you should feel comfortable knowing that your smile will be the best it can be.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental Crowns can reduce pain and improve your ability to eat and drink, as well as your smile. Dr. Jefferies would like to have the opportunity to restore your smile and give you back the confidence to face the world. Please check us out online or call for an appointment at 703-570-1152 for a dental crown consultation or routine dental care.