Dental Crown

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Sterling, VA

In case you bite down on a hard object like a lollipop or chip, crack, or damage your tooth, you might benefit from treatment with a dental crown. Dental crowns can also strengthen teeth which are decaying due to cavities or that are damaged due to a sports related injury. At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia, the team regularly uses dental crowns to protect their patients’ teeth and prevent further damage. In order to request your appointment with Dr. Mojgan Partovi, DDS, or Dr. Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, call our office or use our book online today.

Dental Crown Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom fitted covering designed to “cap” a damaged, decaying, or weakened tooth. When your dentist cements a crown in place, it covers the whole portion of your tooth that rests above your gums, while improving the all round aesthetic appearance of your smile.

At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the team has undergone extensive training in the use of dental crowns and bridges. They also boast a combined forty years of experience, ensuring you get the very best care.

Precisely why would I want a dental crown?

The team at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry uses dental crowns for a number of applications. They might recommend treatment with a dental crown to:
 

  • Prevent a tooth from further decay
  • Protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • Cover a large filling
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
You may also benefit from a dental crown if you have a stained or discolored tooth that is negatively affecting your self esteem.

Are all dental crowns metallic?

Traditionally, dental crowns were made of amalgam, a mixture of metals like copper and zinc. Nevertheless, because of modern manufacturing techniques, you finally have the choice to select a crown that is gold, silver, or tooth colored. Each kind of crown offers specific benefits, so your dentist will work with you to figure out which is actually right for you.

Does receiving a dental crown take more than a single appointment?

Yes. Receiving a dental crown typically takes 2 appointments. At your first consultation appointment, your dentist examines your affected tooth, asks about your goals for treatment, as well as takes a series of digital X rays. When there are no signs of infection, your dentist moves forward with treatment by administering a local anesthetic and preparing your tooth for the crown. Then, your dentist takes molds of your tooth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your crown.

About a week later, you return to PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for your next appointment. At your next appointment, your dentist lines up your dental crown with your bonds and tooth it in place using dental cement.

How long will my dental crown last?

A dental crown typically lasts an average of between 5-15 years. Nevertheless, you are able to extend your life by practicing good dental hygiene and staying away from bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on ice.

To find out more about the positive aspects of a dental crown, schedule an appointment at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry; call our office or book online today.

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