Dental Crowns

Smile Loft Branch Ave

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Camp Springs, MD

Dental crowns, or caps as they’re often called, can give your mouth a Hollywood-bright smile while at the same time preserving worn or damaged teeth that you may otherwise lose to decay. The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, can fit you with crowns whether you need to save a tooth or build a smile. Call or click today to schedule a consultation.

Dental Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a structure that completely encases the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. While crowns can be made from many materials, alone or in combination, Smile Loft Branch Ave. uses all-ceramic crowns for the mix of strength and appearance. Porcelain most closely resembles the pearly opalescence of your natural teeth.

While teeth capping is associated with image-conscious celebrities, cosmetic improvements are only one of many uses for crowns. Weak, cracked, or broken teeth can be saved when covered and cemented with a crown. Retaining the root of a natural tooth is often the best way to preserve the integrity of the jaw bones, which can atrophy and wear away without an interaction with a root.

What are other uses for dental crowns?

Crowns may be used over healthy teeth to support dental bridges that fill spaces where natural teeth have been lost. Called abutment teeth, the crowns have an artificial tooth — or perhaps more than one — called a pontic. Bridges can even be cantilevered when the empty space has an abutment tooth on only one side.

Teeth that are discolored and cannot be whitened through other methods are good candidates for crowns, as are teeth that are naturally misshaped or asymmetrical. The porcelain material used to create crowns can be matched to your existing teeth, or an entire set can be made in a brighter shade with ideal tooth profiles.

What is involved in making and fitting a dental crown?

In most cases, a crown takes two visits to prepare and complete the process. Your first involves three primary activities:

  • Tooth shaping: Any tooth receiving a crown must be ground down to make room for the cap as well as to prepare a surface for successful cementing
  • Impressions: Once the reshaping step is complete, impressions are made, either conventionally with dental molds or using digital scanners, to provide a model for the dental lab to custom-match the porcelain crown to your tooth
  • Temporary crown: A temporary crown protects the prepared tooth while you wait for the permanent crown

Typically, crown manufacture takes about two weeks, after which you return to Smile Loft Branch Ave. to have the crown fitted, adjusted, and cemented in place.