Damaged, weakened, and worn teeth can take a serious toll on your oral health. Luckily, dental crowns can help you restore your smile both aesthetically and functionally. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Moutaz Abdeen, DDS at Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are most often used to protect a tooth with a large filling, or a tooth that has undergone a root canal. However, this versatile restoration can also stabilize or improve the appearance of a tooth. The crown itself is a porcelain restoration created in a dental laboratory which fits over the top of and around a tooth. Crowns are often used in conjunction with other dental restorations like bridges or veneers.
How can dental crowns help me?
Dentists suggest a dental crown in several situations, including:
- to preserve a tooth’s natural structure after a large filling
- to improve the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen or discolored
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to strengthen a weakened or compromised tooth
- to restore the biting surface of a broken or worn tooth
Dental Crowns in Alexandria, VA
Before placing a dental crown, your dentist first needs to prepare your tooth. This process begins with removing small layers of enamel from the sides and top of the tooth, then shaping it into the correct form to fit inside of the dental crown itself. This preparation makes room for the width and height of the dental crown and also ensures a snug fit so your crown bonds correctly to the tooth.
After preparing the tooth, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to send to the dental laboratory. The lab uses this impression to design your dental crown specifically to your mouth. When the crown returns from the laboratory, your dentist permanently affixes it to your tooth. Crowns’ design allows them to last for many years before requiring replacement.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Moutaz Abdeen, DDS at Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA. Call (703) 671-0626 to schedule your appointment for a consultation for dental crowns with Dr. Abdeen today!