Tooth Crowns in Fairfax
Have you lost a tooth or just rescued it from deep decay? A crown can often restore your tooth’s function.
What Type of Dentist Do You See for Crowns?
General and family dentists are qualified for routine dental treatments like crown procedures. If you think you may need a crown, call our office for an appointment with our skilled dentists.
What Is a Tooth Crown?
A crown is a tooth cap that covers and protects an existing damaged, misshapen or discolored tooth. These dental caps can also be replacement teeth with dental implants.
Are There Different Kinds of Dental Crowns?
Crowns for teeth are either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are prefabricated caps made of resin or stainless steel. They are not very durable, and they’re adhered to your tooth with a light cement. Permanent crowns are more durable, both materially as well as in the adhesive used to affix them to your teeth. While temporary crowns last anywhere from a few weeks up to two or three months, permanent crowns are intended to last 5 to 15 years.
Our dentist may give you a few permanent crown options, including:
Porcelain or Ceramic
This is a great choice for a front tooth crown that needs to blend into your smile naturally. In addition to many tooth-color matching options, a ceramic crown is a fairly affordable option. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are easily chipped and cracked, though, so other crowns may be more durable.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
These crowns have the durability and strength of a metal structure with the natural appearance of a porcelain outer layer.
Metal is probably one of the longest lasting crowns available. Metal is great for a back tooth crown because it can withstand your back jaw’s stronger biting power and its appearance stands out. Within the metal category, you can choose from many different alloys or a gold crown tooth.
What Steps Are Included in the Dental Crown Process?
Your crown can be fitted and placed in two office visits once your pre-treatment is complete. At the first visit, your tooth is filed down to accommodate your crown and an impression of your tooth is made. That impression is used by the lab to create a precisely fitting permanent crown. You’ll return to our office two or three weeks later to have your permanent crown installed and adjusted.
How Should a Crown Be Treated?
Simply take care of your crown as you do your natural teeth. Regular, daily brushing and flossing and routine dental cleanings are usually enough to keep your crown in good condition.
What Costs Are Expected with a Crown?
Crown expenses depend on any necessary pre-treatment as well as the type of crown you’ve chosen. Most dental insurance plans cover at least part of your dental crown cost.
Our staff and dentists are always pleased to guide you through the dental crown procedure, so give us a call today.