Are Crowns Right for My Dental Problems?

How dental crowns from your dentist in Alexandria, VA, can repair your smile

If you have damaged teeth, there is a good chance that dental crowns are the right choice for your dental problems. After all, these dental appliances provide superb protection for your teeth, and can keep them from accruing damage. Here at Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Moutaz Abdeen offers comprehensive dental care, including dental crowns to repair your smile.

What crowns can do for you

For a tooth that is missing a large amount of tooth structure, a dental crown is often a better choice than a large dental filling. This is because a dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth, above the gumline. Accordingly, when you bite down on a dental crown, the stress of biting and chewing is spread out over the entire surface of your tooth, keeping your tooth from breaking.

In contrast, a large metal filling can sometimes weaken a tooth because it divides the tooth into sections. When you bite down on a large metal filling, the tooth and filling can potentially fracture and break off.

Some of the most common reasons for a dental crown is to repair a tooth that is:

  • Badly broken or damaged
  • Worn down, badly chipped, or eroded
  • Weakened or brittle from root canal treatment

When you choose a dental crown, you can also enhance the beauty of your smile. This is because one of the most common dental crown materials is porcelain and porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel. Once a full porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new crown will stay looking new and beautiful for years.

Full porcelain crowns are suitable for any area of your smile, but sometimes you need a bit more strength, especially for back teeth. For these areas, porcelain is often fused to a metal foundation giving you added strength. This type of crown is known as a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown or PFM crown.

Need dental work? Give us a call

Dental crowns can repair your smile, giving you added strength and beauty! To learn more about how dental crowns can help you, call Dr. Moutaz Abdeen of Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA, at (703) 671-0626. He proudly serves the residents of Alexandria, Alexandria West, Shirlington, and Bailey’s Crossroads, VA, so call today to make an appointment.