Dental Crowns

A dental crown is one of the most popular and effective ways to repair a damaged tooth, restore its function, and improve its appearance.

Continue reading to learn all about dental crowns, including why they are needed and what patients can expect from the procedure.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a custom cap that covers a damaged tooth and restores its shape, size, strength or appearance. It made be constructed using a variety of materials including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Metals
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • All-resin
  • All-ceramic
  • All-porcelain

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dental crowns are one of the most common types of dental restorations and can correct a number of issues. They are often used to:

  • Restore a broken or worn-down tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has large filling, but not much tooth left 
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Improve the appearance of misshaped or discolored tooth
  • Cover a dental implant 
  • Correct a cavity that is too large for a filling

What Is the Process for Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns typically require two visits to the dentist’s office.

Preparing the Tooth for a Crown

At the first appointment, your dental practitioner will take x-rays and evaluate the tooth’s roots and surrounding bone. 

In order to make the dental crown, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the tooth and gum tissue. Next, the tooth is reshaped, on the chewing surface and sides, to accommodate the crown.

Then, the dentist will take an impression, which is sent to a dental lab, in order to construct the permanent crown. 

Since it takes about 2-3 weeks to make the crown, a temporary crown is used to cover the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

Delivering the Permanent Crown

Once the lab manufactures and sends the permanent crown to your dentist’s office, you will return for your second appointment. At this visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented into place.

Learn More

For additional information about dental crowns, please call our Gainesville office at (703) 753-3346 or Herndon office at (703) 689-3900 today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented dental providers.