Your smile is the first noticeable feature about yourself. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can negatively impact on your smile, a majority of them relating to dental diseases and conditions. A cosmetic dentist is skilled and experienced to correct any dental conditions that can affect your smile. For instance, dental crowns are one of the most common procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist.
Learn more about dental crowns and contact our cosmetic dentist at Reston Modern Dentistry.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns, otherwise known as a dental cap, are a form of corrective dental device used to encircle a tooth or dental implants completely. Our cosmetic dentist recommends the use of dental crowns to help correct your smile that was previously impaired due to a damaged tooth. A crown fully encases a portion of a damaged tooth that sits above the gum line. The aim of using crowns in cosmetic dentistry is to restore the structural integrity of the affected tooth, helping regain normal teeth function and appearance.
Dental crowns are usually made of metals or metallic alloys, porcelain, or resin. When settling for a particular type of crown, the cosmetic dentist will consider factors like the cost, durability, and strength of the dental crown. Many dentists and patients prefer crowns that have the natural appearance of the tooth, which does not detract your smile.
Factors to consider when selecting crowns with your cosmetic dentist
There are several essential factors that the cosmetic dentist will put into consideration before settling for a particular dental crown. The factors include;
- Location of the affected tooth or teeth
- Position of the adjacent gum tissue
- How much of the tooth will show when you smile
- Level of damage to the affected tooth, taking note of the remaining piece of the tooth
- Natural tooth color
- Function of the affected tooth
- The patient’s personal preference
Crowns can either be complete or partial. If the cosmetic dentists examine your affected tooth and see no need of an entire tooth covering with a dental crown, they can recommend an onlay or ¾ crown. The onlay or ¾ dental crowns partially covers the affected tooth.
When Are Dental Crowns Recommended?
As mentioned, the main aim of dental crowns is to restore the structural integrity and strength of a weak tooth, helping regain the normal tooth function and appearance. Our cosmetic dentist recommends dental crowns in instances like:
- Severely worn out tooth due to corrosion or dental decay
- A cracked tooth
- A weakened or loose tooth
The cosmetic dentist may also suggest dental crowns after a root canal procedure, to offer cover to the fragile tooth.
Dental crowns are also crucial in covering and protecting dental implants, significantly functioning as the perfect replacement of a missing tooth.
Dental crown procedure
Before settling for dental crowns as the ultimate treatment option, your cosmetic dentist will first take a detailed dental history. The dentist will probe about your diet and lifestyle habits, taking note of any causative factors causing tooth damage.
The next step is doing a thorough dental assessment and examination, taking an interest in the affected tooth and the adjacent tissues. Currently, there is a possibility of getting your dental crowns on the same day, while some dentists will prefer a multi-day approach.
The preparations for the dental crowns might involve doing some investigations, key of which is dental x-ray. The dentist will also take a mold of the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth, used in modeling the dental crown.
Part of the preparation also includes filing down and removing part of the affected tooth before taking the impression. The dentist will cover the prepared tooth with a temporary crown to protect it as they wait for the modeling of the dental crown, which might take several weeks.
Once the crown is ready, the cosmetic dentist will permanently cement the crown on top of the affected tooth, offering protection and structural stability.
The same day procedure takes a maximum of four hours. After making the digital print of your affected tooth, the cosmetic dentist then remodels the dental crown right there in their office. The same day procedure approach requires advanced dental machines, which, unfortunately, are not available to many dental clinics.
Taking care of your dental crown
For longevity and excellent service, you must take good care of your dental crowns once installed. Part of taking care of the dental crowns includes;
- Regular dental visits for checkups
- Proper dental care and hygiene measures
- Watching your diet and avoiding biting into hard food
- Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth
Dental crowns are a useful corrective device that helps in restoring your beautiful smile, aiding in regaining good oral hygiene and health. Contact our cosmetic dentist at Reston Modern Dentistry today. Call 703-860-9854 or book an appointment online. You may also visit us at 11490 Commerce Park Dr. STE 110 Reston, VA 20191.