Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that can repair and preserve damaged teeth. A single crown can fit over a tooth to strengthen the tooth and create a natural look. Crowns are designed to fit your tooth as closely as they can. If you have a crown fitted, it should blend in with your natural tooth. Dr. Christopher Banks offers dental crown treatment as a restorative dental service in his Washington, DC, office. He ensures dental crowns blend in with the smile and create a seamless look.
Why Should You Choose Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are an excellent solution to repair the appearance and comfort of your tooth. Crowns can last for years, as they are durable and should withstand daily wear and tear. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, ceramic, glass, or even gold or metal alloy. We recommend using crowns made of tooth-colored materials because they look more natural. Even if metal crowns are used on the posterior teeth, they are still visible when the mouth is open. Using materials like porcelain or ceramic creates a more seamless look.
Crowns not only cover damaged teeth. Dental crowns can cap off dental implants for patients missing a permanent tooth. Traditional dental bridges use dental crowns to protect teeth on either side of a tooth gap to hold false teeth in place. Crowns have many uses in restorative dentistry while improving the look of damaged and worn teeth.
Dental Crown Treatment in Washington, DC
Dr. Banks must prepare the treated tooth to fit the dental crown properly. He will gently etch into the tooth enamel. How much is removed depends on the thickness of the crown. Then, he will take an impression of your tooth, which he sends to a dental technician to create the crown. Dr. Banks will color-match the tooth so the crown blends in with the smile. He may also make impressions of the jaw opposite of the treated tooth to ensure the crown matches your teeth. Once the crown is complete, Dr. Banks will double-check the shape and size of the crown and make adjustments as needed before cementing the crown to the tooth.
Dental crowns can be cared for like natural teeth. You can brush and floss your crown using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. With the proper care, dental crowns can last ten to fifteen years. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and visiting the dentist regularly will ensure the crowns stay bright and last.
Restore Damaged Teeth
Do you have a worn or damaged tooth that makes biting and chewing uncomfortable? Contact our office for a dental crown today at (202) 946-4720. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Banks on our website. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions about dental crowns or restorative care. We are happy to help our patients learn about their treatment options at Dupont Dental.