Dental crowns are very useful for repairing or upgrading your smile, and for protecting damaged teeth. Crowns can be used to hold a dental bridge in place, or to cover teeth that have been broken or cracked, have a had root canal, or can no longer hold together because a large filling. A crown may be ceramic or made out of porcelain, metal, or zirconia. The porcelain can also be fused to metal or zirconia in some cases.
To place a dental crown, your dentist will need to remove some, or all of the enamel covering your tooth leaving the dentin exposed. If necessary, the dentist may need to craft a foundation on the the tooth to support the crown. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding area which will be sent to a dental lab, and she will fit you with a temporary crown while the lab makes your permanent one. When it is ready, the dentist will place it over your tooth using dental cement.
A temporary crown may last for a year, and a permanent crown may be viable for seven years. Your tooth will be protected from decay, except at the gumline, so it is essential that you continue to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If you have noticed that your crown is loose you should contact your dentist right away for an appointment.
If you have a tooth that has been giving you problems, or if it is just time for your routine dental visit, our dentist, Dr. Rita D. Wright will be happy to see you. If you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area and would like to make an appointment at Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge, call 703-878-7883 today. Let’s get you started on a healthy smile soon!