Well known for performing advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, the Ingber Dental team is committed to leading-edge, comprehensive patient care and offers a wide range of treatments, including dental crowns in Washington D.C.
Dental crowns are natural-looking, tooth shaped caps that are placed over a patient’s tooth to restore its functionality, shape, size, strength and appearance.
When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
Crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. We may utilize a dental crown to protect a weak and/or cracked tooth, to cover a severely worn down and/or discolored tooth, and to hold a dental bridge in place during a dental implant procedure.
Placing a Dental Crown: Treatment Details
To produce the best aesthetic results and maximize the longevity of the crown, we first evaluate the affected tooth and determine the best possible dental treatment. For patients who are experiencing extreme sensitivity and/or discomfort due to decay or infection, we may recommend a root canal procedure, which involves removing the nerve of the tooth. The tooth receiving the crown is then fitted and reshaped for the cap.
Next, we take an impression of the tooth, which allows us to sculpt a crown that fits and closely resembles each Washington D.C. dental crown patient’s natural tooth shape and color. Finally, we create a crown cap and place it over the natural tooth using cement or adhesive bonding. To produce a high-quality crown, we use the strongest, most aesthetically pleasing and durable materials available today.
The process of designing and placing a crown used to require at least two dental visits. However, thanks to a revolutionary system known as Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC, we can design, fit and place a customized crown in a single visit. Our patients can leave our office with full dental function and a complete, healthy smile without waiting for several weeks to receive their custom crown.
Caring for a Dental Crown
The lifespan of a dental crown depends partly on how well it is maintained long term. Even though the crown itself cannot decay, the natural tooth can develop cavities and the gums can develop periodontal disease.
Crowns should be brushed and flossed with care to remove bacteria and food particles that can accumulate and lead to cavities and gum disease. A fluoride mouth rinse can also help keep teeth strong and prevent decay. Crowns should be checked at least every six months by a dentist, who can also assess the underlying tooth structure and gums for damage or other problems.
Although crowns are very strong, they can fracture if subjected to enough force. Chewing on ice, shells, bones, pen caps or other very hard materials is discouraged, as they can break a crown. Individuals that grind or clench their teeth at night are advised to have a custom night guard made to protect their crowns from an excessive amount of force.
Crowns can last five to 15 years with the proper care and attention.
Candidates for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are normally recommended to individuals who:
- Suffer from cracked or fractured teeth
- Have large fillings that have weakened the tooth
- Have severe dental decay
- Need root canal therapy for an infected tooth
- Want to cover up a badly stained tooth
- Want to add length or width to a misshaped tooth
Crowns can also be used in conjunction with dental bridges or implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns anchor dental bridges to the surrounding natural teeth, and are affixed to the tops of dental implant posts.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can remedy a range of dental problems and replicate a natural tooth’s appearance, form and function.
From an aesthetic standpoint, crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Tooth-colored crowns are color matched to the surrounding teeth for a flawless result. The material also mimics the natural texture and translucence of tooth enamel, so the crown blends seamlessly into the smile.
Functionally speaking, crowns help to restore chewing support. Crowns are extremely strong and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing. A crowned tooth can bite into an apple, carrot stick or piece of steak without problems. Our team ensures that crowns support a proper bite.
Crowns also help to protect weak or otherwise vulnerable teeth. They can be used to cover teeth that had large fillings or root canal therapy. In many cases, a crown can save a tooth from extraction.
Learn More about Dental Crowns
The dental crown procedure is a complex treatment that requires the skills of an experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Ingber, who emphasizes cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and porcelain veneers, is the best choice for Washington D.C. dental crowns patients who are looking to achieve remarkable aesthetic results.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about dental crowns in Washington D.C. with Dr. Kenneth Ingber, call (202) 331-7474 today.