What Are Dental Crowns?
By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
May 24, 2018
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental CrownsSmile problems? Dental crowns can give you a smile you love. One of the most revolutionary developments in modern dentistry is the development of dental crowns. Crowns can correct many different types of dental problems. Dr. George Solier is one of the top dentists in Alexandria, VA. He offers a complete range of dental services, including dental crowns. Here's everything you need to know about this treatment options.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are “caps” your dentist can put on your teeth. The crowns will restore your teeth to their normal shape, size and function. Dental crowns are made from several types of materials. Porcelain, ceramics, composite resin or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a dental crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your original teeth.

Why do I need a crown?

You may need a dental crown if you:

  • have a missing tooth and need a bridge 
  • have a tooth that is cracked 
  • have a cavity that is too large for a filling
  • need to cover a dental implant
  • want to cover a discolored tooth
  • want to cover a badly shaped tooth
  • have had root canal treatment

How is a crown placed?

First, your Alexandria, VA, dentist will prepare your tooth by removing its outer portion. Any decay is also removed. An impression will be made to provide an exact model for the dental crown. You will receive a temporary dental crown while you wait for a permanent crown to be ready. When you are satisfied with how it feels, the crown will be cemented into place. 

What are the benefits of crowns?

Dental crowns are tough like natural tooth structure. Crowns strengthen damaged and weakened teeth and can be used to improve their shape or alignment. Teeth with decay or fractured teeth can make eating painful, interfering with oral function. Crowns can restore the structure of the teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence. With dental crowns, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability and comfort. 

If you need a dental crown, why wait? We can help you today! Call our dental office at 703-360-4500 today to schedule a dental consultation in Alexandria, VA. With dental crowns, you can have a smile that's both strong and beautiful!

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