As much as possible, our team at MJM Family and Cosmetic Dentistry strives to preserve your natural enamel. Many times, this means that we can repair a cavity or cracked tooth with composite, tooth-colored fillings. However, when fillings aren’t enough to bring back a tooth’s strength and function, we use dental crowns. If you have a tooth in need of repair, give MJM Family and Cosmetic Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment. Let us help you have confidence in your smile again!
Dental crowns are also often called caps because they cover the top portion of your teeth on all sides. These caps are made from dental porcelain, which is shaped to mimic real tooth structure. They are also shaded to match the surrounding teeth, so you and others may find it difficult to tell which are your natural teeth and which are restored.
This restoration is utilized in many situations, such as to do the following:
For many teeth, a dental crown is the last option before extraction. In other words, without dental crowns, thousands of patients every year would lose teeth that otherwise could be saved. In addition, dental crowns are crafted to look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. As a result, you’ll be able to feel confident letting your restored teeth show in a smile. Because the porcelain material is durable and strong, you can also eat a healthy diet without worrying too much about your restored teeth.
Your experience depends on whether you’re getting a traditional crown or a CEREC same-day crown. Either way, the process starts with removing any damaged tooth structure or preparing the tooth for the crown. Then, we’ll take impressions of your teeth so that we can design the crown to fit your mouth perfectly. The traditional method of having a dental crown placed then requires sending the impression to a dental lab for fabrication. We’ll position a temporary crown while your permanent one is crafted. Then you’ll return once it’s complete. However, if it better suits your needs, we are able to create CEREC crowns right here in our Fairfax office, saving you time. We can help determine which type would be better for your smile.