Dental crowns are used to protect and restore teeth that are weak, damaged, severely misshaped, or discolored. Using the latest tooth-like materials, a customized dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore its strength and improve its appearance.
A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is made out of porcelain, metal, ceramic, acrylic, or gold. A crown is used to strengthen the surface of a tooth, and fix any misshaping. They are secured in place using dental cement making them permanent for multiple years.
If your tooth is beyond repair, Dr. Cobb also offers dental implants in Washington, DC.
Dental Crowns in Washington D.C.
Though it takes place in several steps, the process for dental crowns is quite simple.
- Consultation & Evaluation – Dr. Cobb will first perform a comprehensive consultation and assessment to determine if dental crowns are right for you. He will examine the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw joints to diagnose your condition and prepare an individualized treatment plan that addresses both the practical and health concerns as well as the cosmetic goals.
- Preparation of Teeth – Next, Dr. Cobb will prepare the tooth for the dental crown. Any old fillings or old crowns will be removed to create a solid foundation for the porcelain dental crown. Impressions will be taken of the tooth that is receiving the dental crown as well as the neighboring teeth to ensure proper fit and placement.
- Temporary Dental Crown – In most cases, Dr. Cobb will place a temporary tooth crown to provide protection while the porcelain dental crown is being made. The temporary tooth crowns are typically made of dental resin.
- Final Placement of Dental Crown – The last step is the final placement of the dental crown. Dr. Cobb will check the porcelain dental crown for fit and comfort. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied, the dental crown will be permanently bonded to the tooth and gently polished.
Metal-free Dental Restorations
Advances in modern dentistry practically eliminate the need for the use of metal which can discolor the teeth and cause discomfort. Dr. Cobb uses the newest tooth-like materials to enhance your smile, giving it a natural-looking appearance.
Porcelain dental crowns have proven to be extremely durable as well as natural-looking. The primary reason why dental crowns break is poor planning and placement. Dr. Cobb spends a significant amount of time planning each case to ensure the optimal results for the patient.
Through a comprehensive evaluation and examination, Dr. Cobb identifies the cause of damage to the tooth. Fixing the underlying problem will prevent future damage to the tooth or dental crown and allow for long-term comfort and function.
Advanced Training and Technology
Dr. Cobb has committed countless hours towards continuing education to master the latest innovations in modern dentistry. He is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Aided by advanced technology such as the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging, he can precisely diagnose patients and create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. Patients of Dr. Cobb often comment that they have never experienced such a high level of dental care or been so happy with their results.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Why is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown may be used to treat an array of dental issues. Crowns are often used to protect a weak, decaying, or very worn down tooth. Crowns may also be used to hold a bridge, cover up discolored teeth, and completing a dental implant.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns typically last between 5-15 years. Their life is dependent on many different factors. The most important aspect that contributes to crown life is the patient’s oral care routine. If a patient practices good oral hygiene, and takes care of their crown it will be much more likely to last closer to 15 years.
Can dental crowns be whitened?
No. Dental crowns can not be whitened with teeth whitening procedures. The material used to create your dental crown does not stain easily, so there is no worry about discoloration. You might find that you need to whiten your teeth down the road to match your crown. If you have an old discolored crown, your dentist can simply replace it with a new one.
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You deserve a healthy, natural-looking smile that lasts. Contact Dr. Cobb to schedule a consultation and find out what your cosmetic dentistry options are.