Lowes Island Dentistry

General Dentists located in Potomac Falls, VA

Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The dentists at Lowes Island Dentistry are highly trained professionals that can explain your crown options. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or crown repair. Lowes Island Dentistry is conveniently located near you in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's used to cover a damaged or weak tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

The experienced dentists at Lowes Island Dentistry may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Whether you need a crown for cosmetic reasons or to strengthen weakened or broken teeth, a dental crown can protect teeth.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic
  • CEREC® — Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics

The material used for your crown will depend on your situation and the crown's purpose. For instance, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are durable and able to endure the force of chewing and eating, but due to their striking color, they're commonly reserved for rear molars.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For instance, the opposing teeth may endure more wear than they would with other types of crowns, and the metal portion of the crown may show as a dark line near the gums.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

CEREC crowns are traditional crown alternatives.  Instead of relying on a temporary crown while your permanent crown is made in a lab, CEREC crowns are made while you wait during your appointment. Made of durable ceramic composite, CEREC crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting with proper care. With CEREC crowns, only a single appointment is necessary, as the crowns are same-day.

What happens when I get a crown?

Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. During the first appointment, your Lowes Island Dentistry professional will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.

Next, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth will be filed down or built up so that the crown will fit properly and securely. After that, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will go to the dental lab and be used to create a custom crown. Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is completed.

If you’re a candidate for CEREC or would like to know more about crowns, speak with the professionals at Lowes Island Dentistry about having your tooth restored in a single visit or book your appointment online today.