Dental Crowns in Edgewater, MD
Do you need a dental crown to restore a tooth? When a tooth has decay or has been broken, a dental crown will reinstate the strength and reliability of a natural tooth. If a large portion of your tooth requires a filling, then a dental crown may be a more permanent solution, since crowns offer greater protection and are less likely to wear down quickly like fillings do.
How Can a Crown Restore my Tooth?
Crowns are placed when a tooth has been irreparably broken or severely damaged by decay. A filling is typically used to replace decayed portions of a tooth, but if there is too much damage, then a filling may not be able to hold together a tooth or keep it strong enough through daily wear and tear. In these cases, a crown is the best solution to fix your tooth. A crown can be placed on your back molars or on your front teeth.
In a smile makeover, Dr. Cutting can use a dental crown to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. Dental crowns are also used to restore dental implants. If you have any questions about the process of getting a dental crown, call our office today.
About the Dental Crown Procedure
The process for getting dental crowns can take one or more visits to complete. First, Dr. Cutting will prepare the tooth by removing any existing fillings or restorations. He may remove a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. In most cases, Dr. Cutting will use a temporary tooth cap to cover the tooth while the final dental crown is being created.
Not only does this temporary dental cap provide protection for the tooth, but it gives you an opportunity to “test drive” the new restoration. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you’ll return to our office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Cutting will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns
What is the best type of dental crown?
Dr. Cutting offers several types of crowns depending on your needs and goals. Gold crowns are one of the best choices for teeth in the back of the mouth. For teeth in the smile zone, Dr. Cutting may recommend a porcelain dental crown because of their natural appearance.
How long do crowns last?
Dr. Cutting designs crowns to last many years. He spends a significant amount of time planning treatment so that the crown will be stable and long-lasting. Proper care and maintenance is needed to maintain this longevity. This includes proper at-home care and regular visits to the dentist for dental cleanings and examinations.
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a dental crown will depend on several factors including the type of material used, location of the tooth to be crowned as well as the condition of the patient’s overall health and oral health. Dental insurance may cover part of the cost of your treatment. At Edgewater Dental Arts, we handle all of the necessary billing and paperwork to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.