Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover teeth to restore their structure, appearance, and strength. At Mitra Hooshangi, DDS, LLC, it is commonly used to restore a tooth that is damaged or has large, noticeable fillings. Dental crowns may be recommended after a tooth is damaged, decayed, or for cosmetic purposes. The cap covers the entire visible portion of a tooth and is molded to fit the shape of the tooth.
When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
A dental crown is recommended when a tooth has decay that is too large for a filling or when a filling is chipped or broken. A crown is also recommended when a patient has a tooth with a root canal or a dental implant. Crowns are also used to cover teeth that are discolored, worn, or misshapen. A crown covers a tooth, so the tooth is completely protected from further damage.
The Benefits of a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are used when a patient needs restorative treatment after experiencing severe dental damage. A dental crown is placed over an existing tooth to restore its original shape, size, and strength. Not only can a dental crown improve the appearance of a tooth, but it can also be used to enhance its strength as well. A dental crown can fix a decayed or broken tooth, cover a dental implant, or restore a tooth with a root canal. After your crown is placed, it functions like a natural tooth, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods.
Do All Crowns Look the Same?
Many patients don’t realize crowns are custom-made to look and fit exactly like your natural teeth. This means crowns can be made from various materials, including metals, porcelain, and zirconium. Each material has advantages and disadvantages, and patients can choose which material is best for them. For example, metal crowns are less expensive than porcelain crowns, but they are not as attractive or long-lasting. Porcelain crowns are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth, and patients can preserve the natural tooth structure. Zirconium crowns offer the best of both worlds. They are made from the same material as porcelain, but they have the strength and appearance of metal.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Porcelain crowns are incredibly durable and can last more than ten years with proper care. Some patients even report crowns lasting for 20 years or more. It is essential to be careful about chewing ice, hard candy, and other foods that could damage crowns, as that could shorten the lifespan of your restoration.
To get a dental crown, you must visit Mitra Hooshangi, DDS, LLC at 2112 Gallows Rd D1, Vienna 22182, or call (703) 328-3927 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.