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If you have a toothache or a broken tooth in Washington DC, Washington Metro Dental is here to help. Our dentists are experts in restorative dentistry, and can help you restore your smile and your bite with a custom-built, comfortable, natural-looking dental crown. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and see if dental crowns are right for you.
Essentially, dental crowns are false teeth. They are hollow shells of porcelain that are designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth, and they will match your existing teeth perfectly.
Crowns are attached permanently to your natural tooth after it has been trimmed to accommodate the crown, and they cover all of the remaining tooth structure, all the way down to the gumline.
Because they cover the remaining tooth structure, crowns are ideal for repairing severely-damaged teeth. If you have a decayed, infected, or broken tooth, a crown may be used in combination with other treatments like root canal therapy to restore your smile.
Crowns are also sometimes used for purely cosmetic purposes, but this is more rare, since other treatments like veneers and dental bonding are usually more suitable for cosmetic dental treatment.
Getting a dental crown takes 2 appointments over a period of about 2-3 weeks. To begin the process, your tooth will need to be trimmed. During your first appointment at Washington Metro Dental, your dentist will clean and numb the area around the tooth, then use a dental drill to trim away decayed and damaged tooth material.
Once the tooth has been trimmed, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth and send this information to our partner dental lab, where a custom-built dental crown will be made. This crown will look and feel just like a natural tooth. In the meantime, you’ll be sent home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
In a few weeks, your permanent crown will arrive at Washington Metro Dental, and you’ll come in for your second and last appointment. Your dentist will remove your temporary crown, check the fit of your permanent crown, then bond it into place using powerful dental cement, completing the procedure.
Crowns usually last between 10-20 years, but it’s not uncommon for crowns to last 20+ years. To keep your crown healthy, you must maintain good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day and floss once a day, and see your dentist at Washington Metro Dental for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.
No. Your mouth will be completely numb during the process, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the crown preparation process. It will be totally pain-free.
We even offer sedation dentistry to our patients in Washington, DC. If you’re nervous about your upcoming crown appointment at our office, sedation can help you feel more relaxed and ensure you feel absolutely no discomfort during your treatment at Washington Metro Dental.
We offer oral cancer screenings as part of every routine dental appointment at Washington Metro Dental. While oral cancer is rare, it can be very hard to spot unless a dentist notices the signs of the condition before it spreads throughout the body. Using advanced tools and techniques, our doctors will ensure that your mouth is completely healthy and cancer-free. And, in the rare event we notice an issue, we’ll refer you to a specialist to get further diagnosis and care, providing you with peace of mind.