Your Gaithersburg Family Dentist Has Many Options in Crowns
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are one of the most common dental restoration procedures provided by our Gaithersburg family dentist, Dr. Yoon. Crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped covers that fit over the entire surface of a damaged or decayed tooth, protecting it from further damage and improving its appearance.
Crowns can be made of various materials, including ceramic, porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. The type of material used depends on the location of the tooth, the amount of natural tooth structure remaining, the patient’s preferences, and the cost.
There are several reasons why a patient might need a dental crown. A crown can be used to:
- Protect a weakened tooth from further damage: Teeth that are severely decayed, cracked, or weakened by large fillings or root canal treatments are more likely to break or fracture. A crown can help to reinforce the tooth and prevent further damage.
- Restore a broken or worn-down tooth: Teeth that are chipped, fractured, or worn down due to grinding or age can be restored with a crown, which can help to improve their strength, function, and appearance.
- Cover a dental implant: A crown can be placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
- Improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth: A crown can be used to cover a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, or has other cosmetic imperfections.
The process of getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Yoon will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damaged tooth structure and shaping it to accommodate the crown. Then, he will take an impression of the prepared tooth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to create the custom crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth to protect it.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and the custom crown will be cemented onto the tooth. Our Gaithersburg family dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown is comfortable and functional.
With proper care and maintenance, a dental crown can last for many years. Patients should brush and floss regularly, avoid chewing hard or sticky foods, and visit New Look Dental Care for regular check-ups and cleanings to ensure the longevity of the crown.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a consultation with our Gaithersburg family dentist, give our team a call at (240) 477-5921 and they’ll happily assist getting you the best date and time for your appointment. Your smile is essential and we’re here to protect, strengthen, and improve your dental health for a lifetime!