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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.
Need a dental crown? A dental crown is a cap that replaces the exterior portion of a tooth to re-establish its original shape and function. Dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. Dr. Moutaz Abdeen of Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA, offers high-quality dental crowns to his patients. Here are four ways that dental crowns can improve your smile.
#1- Restore Damaged Teeth
If your tooth is damaged, see your dentist immediately. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further. Dental crowns are used to restore broken, chipped, badly decayed and cracked teeth. Dental crowns are also used to protect teeth following root canal therapy and as a part of a dental bridge.
#2- Strengthen Weak Teeth
When teeth are severely damaged by an infection, decay or trauma, the teeth become weaker. This leaves them prone to further damage unless your Alexandria dentist does something to preserve them. Dental crowns can strengthen your weakened tooth and prevent further damage.
#3- Beautify Your Smile
All-porcelain dental crowns are beautiful and provide the best natural color of all the crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are also very strong and can produce pleasing aesthetics. Your dentist can choose from several shades and give you a crown that is better matched to the shade of your natural teeth.
#4- Improve Oral Function
It's difficult to eat when you have a damaged tooth. Damaged teeth can make eating painful, interfering with oral function. A crown will give you the ability chew all your favorite foods again. Crowns restore the structure of the teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence.
If you need a dental crown, why wait? We can help you today. Don't wait another minute- call Alexandria Smiles Dentistry at 703-671-0626 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Alexandria, VA. With a new dental crown, you can have a smile that's both strong and beautiful.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”