Horizon Family Dental Care offers dental crown treatment in our Baltimore, Hanover, Clinton, and La Plata dental offices. Dental crowns are used to cover a damaged or injured tooth, strengthen worn or fractured teeth, and cap off dental implants. Although crowns can be made of gold or metal alloys, we recommend porcelain ceramic as this easily blends in with the natural smile. Tooth crowns are dental restorations that add durability to the smile and can brighten the appearance of discolored and dull teeth.
Treatment with Dental Crowns
To begin dental crown treatment, we thoroughly examine the smile. We ensure that patients have received the preventative treatments they need prior to their restorative treatment for the healthiest smile possible. Then, we prepare the teeth to take dental impressions. These impressions are used to create custom dental crowns. While the crowns are being created, we will place a temporary crown on the tooth or teeth. Once the porcelain ceramic crowns are complete, our team fits them onto the tooth or dental implant that is receiving the crown.
Immediately following your dental crown treatment, we ask patients to refrain from smoking or using tobacco products. We also recommend that patients avoid eating hard or sticky foods that can damage the crowns. Tooth crowns will last if they are cared for properly.
Dental Crown FAQs
Want to know more about dental crowns? Read answers to common questions many patients have about crowns below:
What are the benefits of tooth crowns?
Dental crowns offer durability to natural teeth and implants. They are made of porcelain ceramic, which can be color-matched to brighten teeth and blend in with the shade of natural teeth. Tooth crowns stay in place to cover and protect the tooth enamel.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last for many years with the right care. Patients can brush and floss between their crowns just like regular teeth. We often recommend an interdental brush for cleaning between dental crowns. This type of brush is able to reach areas that are usually harder to clean with traditional floss. If you accidentally damage or lose your crown, please contact our office for emergency treatment and we can help plan a replacement for you.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are treatments that are similar to dental crowns and dental fillings. While inlays fill the area between the cusps, or top sides, of the tooth, onlays cover the sides of the tooth. Tooth fillings seal the inner portion of the tooth and dental crowns fully cover the top of the teeth. Inlays and onlays are made of a similar material to fillings and crowns. They are typically made of ceramic or composite resin.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want to treat tooth discoloration and damage? Are you interested in crowns for dental implants or implant restorations? Request a dental consultation with our team today on our website. Feel free to let us know if you have any remaining questions about dental crown treatment. We will be happy to help.