Tooth Crowns in College Park
Are you self-conscious about how your damaged teeth look? Dental crowns may be able to restore your smile.
What Are Teeth Crowns?
Teeth crowns are dental covers that are shaped like your teeth or dental implants. They’re also referred to as dental caps since they “cap” your teeth down to the gum line.
Crowns are ideal for saving your teeth from extraction because of serious damage or breaks. They can hold cracked teeth together and protect the inside of your teeth after getting a root canal. Dental crowns improve how teeth discoloration and damage looks as well.
Our dentists match the shape and color of each tooth crown to your natural teeth. Other people won’t be able to tell that the dental appliance is even there.
What Type of Dentist Do I Need?
Selecting a dentist to be fitted for a tooth crown may be confusing since there are multiple specialties in the dental field. However, a crown is a routine service that a general dentist can provide. It falls along the lines of getting a cavity filling and a teeth cleaning. Schedule a fitting with our family dentists when you need it.
What Kinds of Crowns Do Dentists Use?
Laboratories make ready-made and made-to-order teeth crowns. Ready-made crowns are also referred to as prefabricated and temporary crowns. Made with stainless steel or plastic, our dentists cover your teeth with these until a lab makes permanent crowns for you. We typically order porcelain and ceramic for permanent crowns because they don’t attract attention like a gold crown tooth.
With a porcelain-based filling, a ceramic crown is the best material for a front tooth crown because it’s the easiest to match with your natural teeth. Although ceramic is more brittle than porcelain under a heavy bite, it’s very wear-resistant.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Crowns that are porcelain and fused to metal have a strong bond because of the metal structure underneath. This fusion in porcelain crowns also prevents recurrent decay and leakage between the crown and tooth.
How Does the Dentist Fit Me for Crowns?
It typically takes two appointments to be fitted for a tooth cap. However, you may need additional appointments if your teeth need more preparation. For example, you might need a root canal first if the pulp of your tooth has been damaged by a cavity.
To start the dental crown procedure, our dentists examine the affected tooth to ensure that it can support a crown. Then, they’ll file down the surface and make an impression for the lab to make a permanent cap. You’ll receive a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your next visit for the crown fitting. Our dentists make the necessary adjustments at this time to make sure that the cap is comfortable and fits correctly.
What Is the Cost of Dental Crowns?
The type of cap and how many you need will determine your dental crown cost. Some of the expense is usually covered under dental discount and insurance plans. Find out more by calling our office.
What Care Guidelines Should I Follow?
Seven years is the average lifespan for crowns for teeth, but you can extend this with good oral hygiene. This involves brushing twice daily and flossing once daily. Getting dental checkups and cleanings regularly is important as well. Schedule an appointment with us today.