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Dental Crowns Alexandria VA
Happy & Healthy
Dental Crowns Alexandria VA
in Alexandria, VA
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or cover that can be placed over the entire visible tooth. It will restore the tooth to its normal appearance, size, shape, color, and function.
You may be experiencing an issue with a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or just less visually pleasing than the surrounding teeth. With any imperfections, a dental crown can be an excellent solution to restore the surface of your tooth back to a natural and healthy finish.
The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment to see if you might benefit from a dental crown restoration.
What Exactly Is A Dental Crown Restoration?
When the team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA examines the crowns of your teeth, we are referring to the part of your tooth that is exposed and visible above the gum-line. When this part of the tooth is damaged, a dental crown is a complete covering that will sit directly on the tooth to help protect and maintain the natural tooth structure. Crowns are colored to match your neighboring teeth and can be created using a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, resin, or metal.
We recommend a dental crown if your tooth is damaged by decay, cracking, or a significant fracture. Crowns can be used to improve the look of an unsightly tooth as well as protecting weak and vulnerable areas on the surface of the tooth. They also improve the strength and functionality of the tooth.
The Life Expectancy of a Dental Crown
The life expectancy of a dental crown will be influenced by a few different variables. If you are taking good care of your teeth by exercising a good oral hygiene routine and brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and avoiding hard foods that can crack the surface of a tooth, your dental crown will last several decades. The average life expectancy is usually between 5-15 years, but we have seen dental crowns last up to 30 years with proper care.
Are There Side Effects from Getting a Dental Crown
The side effects are minimal. Immediately following the placement of your crown, you could experience some slight sensitivity in your tooth or your gums. This reaction is common and can be controlled easily by using over-the-counter pain relievers or with a prescription medication. There are also various rinses and pastes available that can ease the discomfort from oral sensitivity.
Even with the best of diligence to maintain your oral health things don’t go as planned. Once in a while, and you might find that your teeth need to be restored or replaced. Missing, cracked, damaged, or even decayed teeth will dull your smile. Did you know it can also affect your oral health? At Inspire Dental of Alexandria we offer restorative dentistry to ensure that your teeth and oral health are back to their former state.
It is important to feel confident in your smile, because being confident in your smile means being confident in yourself. Despite this, many people walk around every day, resigned to the fact that their smile is what it is and there is really nothing they can do to change it. But what if that was not the case? What if improving the aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of your smile was easier than you thought?
Almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option if you are in this situation. However, there have been continual technological advancements regarding different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming both a common and popular procedure to restore a missing tooth or teeth.
Are There Future Risks with a Dental Crown?
When you have received a dental crown, it is important to continue to practice your good daily oral hygiene. This will prevent bacterial infections and decay that can occur under the surface of the crown. Since the crown was designed to replicate your natural tooth, there will always be the possibility of chipping, cracking, and fracturing if you are eating or chewing hard foods.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Before INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA can place your dental crown, X-rays will be taken to determine if the tooth we are going to restore has any damage below the surface of the gums. If both the roots and surrounding gums are stable, we will remove any decayed or damaged areas of the tooth before reshaping it to prepare for the fitting of the crown.
Next, we take an impression of the tooth as a guide for the dental lab to fabricate your dental crown, a process that usually takes several weeks to complete. If deemed necessary, we can place a temporary crown, usually made from acrylic, to protect the reshaped tooth from any damage waiting for the final crown.
When your dental crown is finished at the lab, we will schedule an appointment to remove the temporary crown and place the final crown. We may suggest administering a local anesthetic, so you are comfortable during this final procedure and do not experience any discomfort. Once both you and your team approve the color and shape of the crown, it is cemented into place, and you have your healthy smile restored.
WHAT OUR DENTAL PATIENTS SAY
The Difference Between a Dental Crown and a Veneer
When INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA discusses your dental options, you might question which treatment is best for your situation. If you have compared crowns and veneers, it is most important to note that these restorations differ in functionality, placement, and purpose.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that cover just the front surface only of your teeth to alter their size, color, imperfections, and shape. They are perfect for covering cracks, chips, and any signs of discoloration. They mostly serve as a cosmetic option improving the aesthetics rather than a restorative procedure.
If you need a dental crown you are interested in restoring both the appearance and the functionality of your tooth. The single biggest difference is that the dental crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth above the gum line, providing more effective chewing and biting when eating. The dental crown does also have cosmetic benefits, but the primary purpose is focused on the repair of a damaged or decayed tooth.
It is best to discuss your treatment options with us to make sure we are choosing the correct procedure for your dental concerns.
Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile
At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to see if you might benefit from a dental crown. High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.