All Virginia Family Dentistry General Dentists can prepare crowns or ‘caps.’
If you need a crown, please contact the location most convenient to you.
What is a crown?
A crown (or ‘cap’) entirely covers a damaged tooth. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth by restoring the tooth back to its normal shape and alignment. Crowns can also improve the appearance of teeth.
When is a crown needed?
A crown can be used in many different situations. Sometimes cavities can be too large for fillings and will require a crown to preserve the strength of the tooth. A crown can protect a week tooth from fracturing. If a tooth has already fractured, a crown can restore the fractured tooth. Crowns are used to protect teeth after root canal treatment. Crowns attach bridges. If a patient is unhappy with the shape of color of a tooth, a crown can be used to improve the smile. Finally, crowns are also used to cover dental implants.
What is a crown made of?
Virginia Family Dentistry uses crowns made of a few different materials depending on the function of the tooth. The most common materials used are porcelain or ceramic. All crowns at Virginia Family Dentistry are tooth-colored and will blend into your smile naturally.
How is a crown placed?
Generally two visits are needed to place a crown.
During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth for a crown by removing the outer portion of the tooth. If decay is present, it will be removed. If additional support is needed for the crown the dentist will build up the core of the tooth. After this, an impression will be taken using a scanner to provide a model for the crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab.
After a week or two, the permanent crown will be ready. During this second appointment, the permanent crown will be placed in the mouth and the dentist will make adjustments as necessary. When the dentist and the patient are happy with the look and feel of the crown it will be cemented in place.
How long does a crown last?
Crowns can last a lifetime, however they do sometimes fall out. If your crown does become loose or fall out, please give us a call and we will get you in as soon as possible.
To prevent damage it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flowing twice daily. Avoid chewing hard foods such as ice or other hard objects. It is important to see your dentist and hygienist for regular exams and cleanings.
If you need a crown, please schedule an appointment with the location most convenient to you.