A car accident cracked your front tooth. Your dentist at Gibberman Dental says it may be saved through a dental crown in Alexandria, a restoration which protects and reshapes a damaged tooth above the gum line. Learn the details here about this common, but effective, treatment and how Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman or Dr. Maria Hodas can use one to bring your smile back to full form and function.
Placing a crown
A dental crown is a versatile restoration. Besides saving your fractured tooth from extraction, a crown may restore a dental implant, protect a tooth saved through root canal therapy, or support fixed bridgework to fill in a gapped smile. To determine if a crown is right for your situation, your dentist at Gibberman Dental will examine your teeth and gums and take digital X-ray imaging. Also, he or she will take oral impressions and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Typically, porcelain is the material of choice for the modern dental crown. Your dentist will shape your tooth to accept the restoration, removing any old filling material or decay. Then, the doctor covers the tooth with a temporary cap to protect it as the permanent one is fashioned at the dental lab.
When you return, that temporary cap is removed and the new one permanently bonded in place using a strong adhesive. Plus, your dentist adjusts the fit and bite so that when you chew on your restored tooth, the feel and function is perfectly natural. Rest assured, too, that your new crown will blend right in with the rest of your smile, being appropriately colored and shaped.
Life with your new dental crown is easy. Just brush your teeth twice a day with a soft brush and floss every day, too, as the American Dental Association recommends. Come to Gibberman Dental every six months for an exam and cleaning.
Avoid excessive stresses from hard foods, and wear a customized bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth. Ask your dentist if bite guard could help you.
So, with good care, you'll have that crown for ten years or more, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic. And, your tooth will enjoy a new lease on life.
For more information
If you have a damaged or failing tooth, please contact Gibberman Dental, and ask about dental crowns. One of our highly skilled dentists will guide you through the restorative process and give you a beautiful, fully functional smile. Call today for an appointment: (703) 823-6616.