A custom dental crown can repair the health and aesthetics of a damaged tooth or complete a smile after tooth loss. This restoration covers the visible surface of a tooth and can effectively address both restorative and cosmetic issues, including moderate decay, cracks or fractures, and dental discoloration. Dr. E. Richard Hughes at our Sterling, VA, practice offers dental crowns in a variety of durable, natural-looking materials to meet our patients budgetary and cosmetic goals, and dental needs. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal oral healthy and a beautiful, cohesive smile.
What are Dental Crowns and When are They Needed?
These restorations cover the entire natural crown, or exposed surface, of a tooth. They are most often used to repair teeth that are too decayed or damaged for a dental filling, inlay, or onlay. Crowns are also frequently used to strengthen teeth that have cracked or fractured as a result of oral trauma. For patients who have undergone root canal therapy to eliminate dental infection, a dental crown can be used to protect a tooth and preserve a healthy smile. Lastly, a dental crown can be affixed to a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, or combined with a pontic to form a bridge.
The Treatment Process
The dental crown process usually involves two office visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Hughes can remove all areas of decay or damage. He can then reshape the tooth, removing a small amount of enamel to create adequate space for the crown. After modifying the tooth, Dr. Hughes can take impressions of your smile.
Before placing a dental crown, Dr. Hughes will reshape your tooth to ensure proper fit and occlusion.
These impressions are sent to a trusted dental laboratory, along with specifications regarding material and shade. We offer crowns in a variety of materials to meet our patients varying needs. It can take about two weeks for the lab to fabricate your custom crown, so Dr. Hughes can place a temporary crown to protect the tooth in the interim. When your crown is ready, you can return to our office for placement.
During your second visit, Dr. Hughes can remove the temporary crown and check your final restoration for proper fit and color. If no adjustments are needed, Dr. Hughes can cement your crown in place and polish your teeth, providing you with a new and enhanced smile.
What are the Benefits of this Restoration?
Dental crowns benefit your overall oral health and the longevity of your smile. Although the process does involve alterations to healthy tissue, the tooth itself remains in tact, so you can avoid the need for extraction. In addition, the crown acts as a seal, protecting your tooth from future damage and infection-causing bacteria.
We offer dental crowns in a variety of durable, natural-looking materials to meet our patients budgetary and cosmetic goals, and dental needs.
With your dental crown in place, you can enjoy restored dental function and form. As Dr. Hughes can match the shade of your restoration to your surrounding teeth, you can feel confident in the appearance of your smile.
Contact Us for an Appointment
If you are struggling with dental decay or damage, our team can help you find relief with a custom dental crown. To find out if this restoration is right for you, contact our office online or call (703) 444-1152 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes.