If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also known as caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s correct natural alignment. It’s stronger than a filling, so when a tooth has a lot of damaged structure, then a crown can allow the tooth to function. It also restores your smile, because it has the appearance of a natural tooth. In cases where a tooth is missing, crowns on the teeth next to the space can support a bridge, filling in the gap. Dental crowns have many benefits, and are the ideal choice for some patients.
Cosmetic Effect of Dental Crowns
Crowns can also be used for aesthetic purposes; for example, if some of the teeth are too small and there are large gaps between them, the placement of crowns can enhance the size of the teeth, creating a more pleasing smile. For purely cosmetic purposes, other options, including veneers and bonding, are also available; talk with your dentist about which options are the best for you. Our patients receiving dental crowns in Virginia Beach are usually looking for a combination of function and aesthetics.
Types of Dental Crowns
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-porcelain. We recommend all-porcelain for all of our patients receiving dental crowns in Virginia Beach, because it provides the best aeshtetic effect with a fully white smile. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find exactly the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color, so the crown will look just like your own tooth. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, which is why they’re popular with dentists as well as with patients.
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown in Virginia Beach
Typically, we can design, fit, and place a crown in just two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will take images of your mouth, including impressions (made when you bite into special clay, to create a 3D model of your mouth). These will be sent to the laboratory, where the crown will be created. At this first appointment, your tooth will also be prepared to receive the crown, which may require some removal of tooth structure to make room for the crown. A temporary crown will be placed, which is made of acrylic.
You’ll come back for a second appointment, during which the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown placed. Next, your dentist will check your bite, to ensure that the crown fits properly and allows the proper alignment of your teeth.
Caring For Your New Crown
Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too. In many cases, when a crown fails, it’s not because the crown breaks, but because the tooth below the crown gets a cavity. Good oral hygiene and regular preventive care can help to prevent this from happening.
Dentist in Virginia Beach
If you need a dental crown in Virginia Beach to restore your smile, the best person to place it is a cosmetic dentist, who has experience in doing this procedure in an aesthetically-pleasing way. At Virginia Beach Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Mary Lewis has years of experience placing all-porcelain crowns. To book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lewis, please call our office.