If you have a tooth that doesn’t match or function as well the rest of your teeth or if you’ve recently had a root canal, you may need a dental crown. Dr. David Yoon offers a full spectrum of restorative dental services at Springfield Dental Solutions in Springfield, Virginia. For more information about how to restore your smile with a dental crown, call the office or book your appointment with the easy-to-use online scheduler.
A dental crown is a restoration that’s tailor-made to fit snugly over your tooth to restore the function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, but can also be crafted from gold, resin, metal, or stainless steel.
To restore the form and function of a tooth, Dr. Yoon uses a crown for:
Dr. Yoon preps and applies your crown in a two-step process. During your first appointment, he treats decay and sands your existing tooth a bit to make room for the new crown to fit precisely next to your other teeth. Dr. Yoon sends you home with a temporary crown.
Meanwhile, he sends an impression of your tooth to a lab, where your new crown is customized to match the look, feel, and color of the nearby teeth. When you return to Springfield Dental Solutions in a few weeks, Dr. Yoon gives you a local anesthetic and installs the new permanent crown.
A crown is called permanent, but it may not last forever. Depending on whether it was made with gold, stainless steel, or porcelain, and on the wear and tear it receives on a daily basis, a typical crown lasts between five and 20 years.
Dr. Yoon offers education and support to help you extend the life of your crown. He recommends refraining from biting on hard, sticky candy and wearing a mouthguard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding.
No. You treat a crown just as you do a normal tooth. Take care to brush after each meal and floss regularly to prevent gum disease that can threaten your overall oral health.
When you need a dental crown, rely on the skill and knowledge you get at Springfield Dental Solutions. For more information about how a crown can improve your smile, call the office today or book your appointment online.